Pascha Schafer

Chief Quality Officer

Pascha Schafer

Chief Quality Officer

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Cardiology

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: General Internal Medicine

Other Duties

Associate Chief Medical Officer

Bio

Dr. Schafer completed her undergraduate degree at Augusta State University before earning her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). She continued her training at MCG with an internship and residency in internal medicine, where she also served as chief medical resident. She went on to complete her fellowship in cardiology at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC.

In 2012, Dr. Schafer returned to Augusta to join the faculty at what is now the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. She practices invasive, non-interventional cardiology and is board certified in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography. She is currently the Medical Director for the Cardiac Care Unit at Augusta University Health, and her areas of clinical focus include cardiac intensive care, echocardiography and general cardiology in the in- and outpatient setting. She is a member of AOA Medical Honor Society and the American College of Cardiology, where she is active at the state and national level, particularly regarding healthcare advocacy. She is also the proud mother of four beautiful daughters.

  • (706) 721-0620
  • (706) 721-1620
  • BI-2061

Education

  • MD, Medicine Medical College of Georgia, 2005

  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, General Augusta State University, 2001

Certifications

  • FACC American College of Cardiology, 2016

  • Board Certified in General Cardiology American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases, 2012

  • Board Certified in Echocardiography National Board of Echocardiography, 2012

  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine American Board of Internal Medicine, 2008

  • Medical Degree Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners, 2008

  • PHY Comp St Brd of Med Examiners, 2008

  • North Carolina 2010

Awards & Honors

  • Honored as a 2021 Champion of Humanistic Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic The Arnold P. Gold Foundation , 2021

  • AU/MCG Women Honored for Women in Medicine Month MCG Office for Faculty Success, , 2020

  • Outstanding Teamwork Award - Nominee, Division of Cardiology Augusta University Employee Advisory Council, 2017

  • Clinical Alarm Management Team - Outstanding Team Work Award - Nominee Augusta University Employee Advisory Council, 2016

  • Division of Cardiology Outstanding Team Work Award - Nominee Augusta University Employee Advisory Council, 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • RCAR 5000

    Cardiology

Teaching Interests

She has a strong interest in medical education, and serves as the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • McConnell's Sign is seen in Patients with Acute Chest Syndrome: A Case Series, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Degree of Variations in the Assessment of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy By "Routinely used" and "Guideline Recommended" Methods, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy in acute stroke patients with known hypertension, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Safety and Efficacy of Uninterrupted Apixaban Therapy versus Warfarin During Atrial Fibrillation Ablation, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Aortitis Masquerading as Pericardial Effusion, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Department Service

  • Internal Medicine Residency Program 2014 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Internal Medicine Interest Group 2013 - 2013

    Role: Other

College Service

  • Cardiology Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Health Policy Interest Group 2016 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Internal Medicine Interest Group 2013 - Present

    Role: Other
  • AMWA - Biannual Tea 2012 - Present

    Role: Other

University Service

  • AU Health Data Governance Council 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Medicine Residency Clinical Competency Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Patient Safety and Quality CIAC Subcommittee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Medical Executive Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • AU Credentials Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • American College of Cardiology (ACC) Health Affairs Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • American College of Cardiology PAC Advisory Council 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CardioRenal Medicine Journal 2014 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • AOA Medical Honor Society 2004 - Present

    Role: Committee Member