Keri Shafer MD

Keri Shafer, MD

Staff Cardiologist

Instructor, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-355-6508 x4

  • Fax: 617-730-7540

"There is nothing more rewarding than to take a patient through critical illness and then to see them live a life without limitation from their heart disease."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiology

Departments

  • Cardiology

Programs

  • Boston Adult Congenital Heart Service
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Program
  • Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6508 x4 or Request an Appointment
Keri Shafer MD

From medical school in home state of New Mexico to finishing my training here at Boston Children’s Hospital, each segment of my training was profoundly useful and important to learning comprehensive, evidence based care.  

My goal is to provide care to my patients as if they were my family. One of the biggest parts of that is thinking about each patient as a whole person. Each aspect of their care is important, not just congenital heart disease or pulmonary hypertension. I enjoy being a physician the most when I can spend time getting to know my patients and helping to keep their heart disease as only a small part of their life. For that reason, I often focus on the importance of staying active and incorporating exercise into daily life.

Medicine is the perfect combination of meaningful work and science. I love cardiology- the heart is a beautifully designed system that is a source of endless fascination for me. However, I stay in medicine because I love patient care. There is nothing more rewarding than to take a patient through critical illness and then to see them live a life without limitation from their heart disease. I also enjoy teaching my patients about ways to lead healthy lives and how to understand their heart disease.

Experience and Education

Education

Medical Degree

University of New Mexico, 2002-2006

Albuquerque, NM

Internship and Residency - Internal Medicine

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2006-2009

Boston, MA

Fellowship - Cardiovascular Medicine

University of Texas, 2009 - 2012

Dallas, TX

Research Fellowship

Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine, 2011 - 2012

Dallas, TX

Senior Cardiology Fellowship - Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension

Boston Children's Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2012 - 2014

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Professional History

My current practice includes inpatient and outpatient care at caring for adults with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. In addition, I am part of the echocardiography labs at BCH and Brigham and women’s hospital focusing on adult congenital and stress cardiac imaging. As part of my goal to improve ACHD care locally, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to also collaborate with colleagues at Boston Medical Center in starting an ACHD clinic. My current and past research efforts focus on better understanding the response to exercise in those with congenital heart disease. Additionally I served on the guidelines committee for the ACC/AHA regarding sports participation in those with congenital heart disease.

Publications

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  1. Carrick-Ranson G, Fujimoto N, Shafer KM, Hastings JL, Shibata S, Palmer MD, Boyd K, Levine BD. The effect of 1 year of Alagebrium and moderate-intensity exercise training on left ventricular function during exercise in seniors: a randomized controlled trial. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 Aug 1; 121(2):528-36.
  2. Van Hare GF, Ackerman MJ, Evangelista JA, Kovacs RJ, Myerburg RJ, Shafer KM, Warnes CA, Washington RL. Eligibility and Disqualification Recommendations for Competitive Athletes With Cardiovascular Abnormalities: Task Force 4: Congenital Heart Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Dec 1; 66(21):2372-84.
  3. Van Hare GF, Ackerman MJ, Evangelista JA, Kovacs RJ, Myerburg RJ, Shafer KM, Warnes CA, Washington RL. Eligibility and Disqualification Recommendations for Competitive Athletes With Cardiovascular Abnormalities: Task Force 4: Congenital Heart Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. Circulation. 2015 Dec 1; 132(22):e281-91.
  4. Shafer K, Gurvitz M. Evaluation of Health Care Quality in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease. Cardiol Clin. 2015 Nov; 33(4):635-41, ix-x.
  5. Shafer KM, Janssen L, Carrick-Ranson G, Rahmani S, Palmer D, Fujimoto N, Livingston S, Matulevicius SA, Forbess LW, Brickner B, Levine BD. Cardiovascular response to exercise training in the systemic right ventricle of adults with transposition of the great arteries. J Physiol. 2015 Jun 1; 593(11):2447-58.
  6. Shafer KM, Mann N, Hehn R, Ubeda Tikkanen A, Valente AM, Geva T, Gauthier N, Rhodes J. Relationship between Exercise Parameters and Noninvasive Indices of Right Ventricular Function in Patients with Biventricular Circulation and Systemic Right Ventricle. Congenit Heart Dis. 2015 Sep-Oct; 10(5):457-65.
  7. Nathan AS, Loukas B, Moko L, Wu F, Rhodes J, Rathod RH, Systrom DM, Ubeda Tikkanen A, Shafer K, Lewis GD, Landzberg MJ, Opotowsky AR. Exercise oscillatory ventilation in patients with Fontan physiology. Circ Heart Fail. 2015 Mar; 8(2):304-11.
  8. Tachjian A, Shafer KM, Denkinger C, Pinto DS. Purulent pericarditis after transbronchial biopsy. Can J Cardiol. 2014 Oct; 30(10):1250.e19-21.
  9. Fujimoto N, Hastings JL, Carrick-Ranson G, Shafer KM, Shibata S, Bhella PS, Abdullah SM, Barkley KW, Adams-Huet B, Boyd KN, Livingston SA, Palmer D, Levine BD. Cardiovascular effects of 1 year of alagebrium and endurance exercise training in healthy older individuals. Circ Heart Fail. 2013 Nov; 6(6):1155-64.
  10. Sarma S, Carrick-Ranson G, Fujimoto N, Adams-Huet B, Bhella PS, Hastings JL, Shafer KM, Shibata S, Boyd K, Palmer D, Szczepaniak EW, Szczepaniak LS, Levine BD. Effects of age and aerobic fitness on myocardial lipid content. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Nov; 6(6):1048-55.
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  12. Shafer KM, Garcia JA, Babb TG, Fixler DE, Ayers CR, Levine BD. Reply: To PMID 23083785. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Jun 4; 61(22):2314-5.
  13. Fujimoto N, Borlaug BA, Lewis GD, Hastings JL, Shafer KM, Bhella PS, Carrick-Ranson G, Levine BD. Hemodynamic responses to rapid saline loading: the impact of age, sex, and heart failure. Circulation. 2013 Jan 1; 127(1):55-62.
  14. Shafer KM, Garcia JA, Babb TG, Fixler DE, Ayers CR, Levine BD. The importance of the muscle and ventilatory blood pumps during exercise in patients without a subpulmonary ventricle (Fontan operation). J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Nov 13; 60(20):2115-21.
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