Jonathan Shafer, MD

In his own words:

The greatest pleasure of my job is making my patients feel special and cared for. So many people are scared and afraid to see a doctor that it's imperative to make every patient feel comfortable.

Specialty: Orthopedic surgery on upper extremities (shoulders, elbows and hands)


  • Total shoulder and elbow replacement
  • Reconstructive surgery to the hand and elbow
  • Upper-extremity trauma and arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder, wrist and elbows

Education and Certifications:

  • M.D., University of Texas
  • Residency, University of New Mexico
  • Fellowship, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia
  • Board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Distinctions: In addition to his education and training at the universities of Texas and New Mexico, Dr. Shafer also completed a fellowship in upper extremities in Australia.

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If Dr. Jonathan Shafer appears to take a global view of the healing arts and sciences, it is for good reason – international experience and education are woven into his heritage.

Dr. Shafer comes from a highly-educated and scientific family spanning two continents.   His American father was a petroleum engineer for ExxonMobil, while his Ghana-born mother was an educator and counseling professional. In the Shafer household, education and achievement were highly prized values.

“My parents constantly encouraged me to do more, go further and reach my potential,” he says. “Science was always very prominent in the house, so I always knew that I was going to do something in science.”

Yet medicine was actually a second career for Dr. Shafer. After graduating with a degree in biochemistry from Rice University, he took a job developing a new drug to treat psoriasis for Allergan Pharmaceuticals.  But he soon decided he wanted to do much more.

“There was only so far I could go with the company with just a bachelor’s degree,” he says, “so I decided to further my education.”

He went on to study medicine at the University of Texas, followed by a surgical residency in orthopedics at the University of New Mexico.

Then, continuing his multi-continental legacy, Dr. Shafer was awarded a surgical fellowship in Australia. During his training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane (the country’s third largest city), he focused on upper-extremity surgery.

After the fellowship, Dr. Shafer joined Skagit Island Orthopedics, where he specializes in surgery to the upper extremity.  He specializes in reconstructive surgery to the shoulder, forearm and hand, as well as arthroscopic surgery to the upper extremity, and total shoulder and elbow replacement and upper extremity trauma.

Dr. Shafer is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.


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