Dr. Joseph Shaffer

Joseph J. Shaffer, MD

Eagan Office, Vadnais Heights Office
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Dr. Shaffer has performed over 25,000 Mohs surgeries! In his spare time, he enjoys opera, working out, collecting comic books and comic art.

Ron Zignego
Ron Z.
I have been going to Dermatology Consultants for annual skin check for many years. Staff is always cordial, appointments are on time and Dr. Collins is excellent. She recently identified a cancerous spot on my cheek. It was biopsied, and I had appointment for Mohs procedure shortly thereafter. Thanks to Dr. Collins and Dr. Shaffer I am again cancer-free. I would highly recommend Dermatology Consultants to anyone.Cynthia Zignego
shirley goldman
shirley G.
Dr Shaffer did Moes on my husband and he was wonderful. I would recommend this office for everything. Dr Larson is also a wonderful dermatologist.
Rodney Irons
Rodney I.
not a fan of hospitals/clinics or needles my first visit was a good experience staff and nurses very friendly and can joke with them made everything more relaxing Dr. Cohen explained the whole procedure and answered all my question before performing the biopsy thumbs up to the whole crew. 1 week later had follow up for excision with Dr Shaffer once again a comfortable relaxing experience from nurses and doctors way to go Vandals Heights very professional
Kelly Solt
Kelly S.
Amazing dedicated doctors who really care about their patients. Dr J Shaffer performed the Moh's surgical technique on my chin/neck after being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and his partner (and wife) Dr K Shaffer has been working on the scar treating me with different lasers.I recently became a dermatology patient of Dr K Shaffer and she performed the most thorough body scan I have ever had. She explained everything she saw. She found two suspicious areas that she biopsied same day and sent off to the lab. She promptly called me the next business day to say that melanoma was found at its earliest stage and I was back in the office the next day to have Dr J Shaffer remove the mole and stitch me up. I will be returning in two weeks for a follow-up.I am grateful for the caring demeanor of these healthcare professionals.
Paula Pohlkamp
Paula P.
I have been a patient at Dermatology Consultants for years. Dr. Shaffer is an extraordinary doctor that sincerely cares about her patients and the care she provides. I highly recommend Dermatology Consultants!
Lynn Totino
Lynn T.
Great staff! Love Dr. Shaffer! They even run on time for appointments. Definitely recommend.
John McCall
John M.
I have been cared for by Dr. Hauge and Dr. Shaffer on multiple occasions. I would recommend them without reservation. Great physicians who take the time to connect with their patients.
Kelley Copeland
Kelley C.
I saw Dr. Barlow in June and she diagnosed a basal cell carcinoma on my nose. Dr. Joe Shaffer removed it on Monday, Aug. 13. My experience with both of them was phenomenal. Very compassionate and caring. Dr. Shaffer answered questions I had tonight (2 days post procedure) after hours. How many doctors do that? This was so stressful and they really took time to explain everything to me and acknowledge that it is an emotionally difficult thing to deal with. I cannot say enough good things about this practice. My experience with the front office and business office has been good as well, so I'm not sure what the other reviewers are referring to. Don't pass them over because of that. If I could give 6 stars I would!
Cindy W
Cindy W
I've new going to this Eagan office for years and thank my lucky stars that I do!! Growing up in the time when we added iodine to baby oil to make sure we tanned - YIKES! Well, I'm paying for no sunscreen use now. Dr. Barlow is fantastic!! Dr. Joe Shaffer has performed several Mohs procedures on me as well. Both Doctors Barlow and Shaffer and their staff put me completely at ease. I trust them completely!! For those who have had a bad front desk or phone experience, give them another chance. I've observed the rudeness of some patients to the front desk staff and know how we, the public, forget what it's like be on the other side. You won't regret going!!
Roger Ettel
Roger E.
Dr. Robert Anderson was able to pick up on a subtle change on my ear that no one else was able to notice. He did biopsy which confirmed his suspicion of an early basal cell carcinoma. The lesion was expertly and painlessly removed via the Mohs Technique by Dr. Shaffer. I'm thankful that they were able to identify and remove the lesion in such a timely fashion and healed without a trace of the procedure. Great office and staff!
Special thank you to Brittany and Dr Shaffer, for making our experience a good one, taking the time to make sure we understood everything from the start to the end of the procedure!

More about Joseph J. Shaffer, MD

Patient Reviews
Areas of Interest
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Skin Cancer
  • Surgical Dermatology
Board Certification
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, 2001
Medical School
  • United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas' Hospitals, England
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland
Residency Training
  • St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Center, chief resident 2000-2001
Specialized Training
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Laser Surgery, University of Minnesota
Professional Achievements & Awards
  • Mpls/St.Paul Magazine, Top Doctors, 2006, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Minnesota Monthly, Best Doctors for Women 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Minnesota Monthly, Best Doctors 2014, 2017, 2018, 2020
  • 2014 Teacher of the Year, St Luke/Roosevelt Hospital, Dept. of Dermatology, New York, NY
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota 2002
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Humanity, Columbia University 2001
  • Patients' Choice Award, 2012
Professional Memberships
  • Minnesota Medical Society
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • Fellow of the Mohs College

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