Dr. Schafer was born in 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended medical school at Creighton University and completed his Medical Residency in Internal Medicine with the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He received a Fellowship in Gastroenterology with the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.
Dr. Schafer has also been involved as an officer and/or member of a wide range of medical committees. In 2003, he received the honor of being named the initial Physician of Distinction by the Nebraska Medical Center. He has taken part in a variety of clinical trials and co-authored several publications and also enjoys lecturing and teaching. Dr. Schafer is Board Certified in Gastroenterology.
Dr. Schafer and his wife have three grown children and ten grandchildren.