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Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sites of Practice
Pelvic Health Center at UW Medical Center Northwest
UW Medical Center - Northwest Inpatient Services


Rebecca Shaffer, MD is a board-certified Urogynecologist who specializes in treating pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. She is based at the Pelvic Health Center at UW Medical Center - Northwest.

Dr. Shaffer believes in working together with her patients to empower them to have successful, active lives by treating pelvic floor problems with surgery, medical options, and compassion. Her goal is to provide patients with up-to-date information so that they can make the best decisions about their care.

Dr. Shaffer's clinical expertise includes the surgical and non-surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, accidental bowel leakage, and other pelvic floor disorders.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in OBGYN?

I am inspired by women and believe they deserve excellent health care. I specifically became a Urogynecologist in order to address problems that seriously affect women's lives but that may be uncomfortable or difficult to discuss. Facing these problems head-on is important for all of us and will hopefully improve a person's quality of life.

What do you like about working at UW Medicine?

My colleagues and our team-based approach. 

What are your favorite things about living in the Seattle area?

Our beautiful mountains, water, and trees; good food; great music!

What inspires you?

I am inspired by nature, music, my family, and my patients.

Clinical Interests: 

Pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, mesh complications, childbirth injuries. 

Research Interests: 

Surgical outcomes, surgical simulation, Resident teaching and education

Board Certification: 
Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2015
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, 2018

Washington State, 2023

Education & Training: 
Bachelors Degree, Yale College, 2001
Medical School, University of Washington, 2007
Residency University of Vermont, 2011
Masters, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2014

University of Vermont, Best Research Project, 2011
Golden Apple Award: Teacher and Student Advocate, 2018, 2019
Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award, 2021
APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021

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