Meet Dr. Joseph Schaffer

Holder of the:
Frank C. Erwin Jr. Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology

When Joseph Schaffer, M.D., joined UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1997, he was the first fellowship-trained urogynecologist in Dallas.  Today there are many more, in part because Dr. Schaffer helps train these specialized physicians, who treat women with pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, mesh-related complications, and irritative disorders of the lower genitourinary tract.

Urinary incontinence and pelvic floor disorders may not kill you, but they can take away your life. We’re able to give patients back their lives.”

“We have a three-year female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at UT Southwestern, and many of the urogynecologists now practicing in Dallas came through here,” says Dr. Schaffer.

In addition to being Chief of Gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as well as Director of Gynecology and Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at UTSW, Dr. Schaffer is a compassionate physician who believes in individualized care. His clinic offers a comprehensive approach to pelvic floor disorders, as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and pelvic floor therapy.

Dr. Schaffer is one of the nation’s leading researchers in urogynecology and has been a principal investigator of the NIH Pelvic Floor Disorders Network and a co-investigator of The Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network.  He is the author of many scientific papers and textbooks, and is an editor of Williams Gynecology – one of the leading gynecology textbooks in the world.  Dr. Schaffer takes pride in being a referral source for patients from all over the United States.

“We believe in finding solutions rather than turning away patients if we can’t figure out what’s wrong,” he says.