Michael F. Schafer

Michael F. Schafer

Orthopedic Surgeon at Northwestern Medicine Spine Center

Meet Michael F. Schafer

Dr. Michael Schafer is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Schafer specializes in the treatment of disorders and diseases of the spine and sports injuries. He is the program director and professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University.

In addition to serving as an orthopaedic consultant for the Chicago Cubs for 30 years and providing orthopaedic care for the Chicago Bears, Dr. Schafer has received numerous accolades and awards. He was the recipient of the William W. Tipton, Jr., MD Leadership Award in 2008 which was given by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) for outstanding leadership in orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Schafer is a part of the team that makes up the Northwestern Medicine Spine Center.

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How Michael F. Schafer Can Help You


  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Elbow Injuries
  • Herniated Disc
  • Knee Problems
  • Lumbar Disc Disorders
  • Metastatic Spine Tumors
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Sports Injuries


  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Reconstructive Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Accolades for Michael F. Schafer

Professional Distinctions

  • Fellowship, Spine Surgery - National Foundation Traveling Fellowship, Australia
  • Fellowship - North American Traveling Fellowship
  • Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • William W. Tipton, Jr., MD 2008 Leadership Award

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Illinois Medical Society
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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