Dr. David Schaefer Brings Decades of Gastroenterology Experience To Wuesthoff Medical Center
By Space Coast Daily // August 14, 2016
HEALTH & MEDICINE NEWS
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Wuesthoff Health System is welcoming David C. Schaefer, M.D., Ph.D., to its staff at Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne.
Wuesthoff Health System includes Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge and Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne, both full acute care hospitals and Wuesthoff Health Services, a network of affiliates providing hospice, home care, home medical equipment and assisted living services.
“He brings a wealth of vast experience and knowledge,” said Ron Gicca, Chief Executive Officer at Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne.
“Dr. Schaefer’s background as a medical doctor and psychologist brings an element of versatility to Wuesthoff.”
An honors graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Virginia Commonwealth University with a fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Schaefer is a board-certified gastroenterologist, with a prior career as a clinical psychologist.
Before coming to Wuesthoff, he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Medical Director of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy at Williamsport Regional Medical Center in Williamsport, PA.
In 2001, Dr. Schaefer was elected fellow of the American College of Physicians. His academic background in medicine stretches back to the late 1970s.
Most recently, he served as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, where he lectured and taught gastroenterology to residents, medical and nursing students.
Dr. Schaefer has worked in the field of psychology at various institutions, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and the Maryland Division of Corrections. He has also had a private practice.
During his service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Schaefer attained the rank of captain. His military honors include the Army Commendation Award and Meritorious Service Medal.
Dr. Schaefer is pleased to relocate to the Melbourne area. He believes that the medical philosophy at Wuesthoff Health System is very much consistent with his own.
“It’s great to be part of the dedicated team here at the Melbourne hospital,” he said. “Wuesthoff obviously has a strong commitment to providing optimal healthcare, one that I appreciate very much. I believe it’s a very good fit for me here.”
Wuesthoff Medical Center is attracting many new physicians to expand primary and sub-specialty services. Dr. Schaefer is one of six physicians to join the Wuesthoff team in the past four months.
For more information, visit Wuesthoff.com
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