Pascha Schafer, MD
Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program
Though as of August 2022, Dr. Pascha Schafer is the newest addition to the Augusta University Internal Medicine Residency leadership team, her appointment to this position is very much a homecoming. As a military brat who ultimately made Augusta home, she graduated from Hephzibah High School, completed her undergraduate degree at Augusta University, and received her MD from the Medical College of Georgia. She stayed on at MCG/AU to complete her internal medicine residency and was honored to serve as chief resident. She ventured to Wake Forest for her general cardiology fellowship, though she promptly returned to join the academic cardiology faculty in 2012. She served as IM APD previously for two years, and is excited to return to this role after leading the hospital critical care response to the COVID-19 pandemic and serving as a health system administrator in the interval.
Dr. Schafer’s main clinical focus is critical care cardiology, and she is also an avid echocardiographer. She is Director of Cardiovascular Quality and Education, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology. She brings a wealth of experience in clinical quality, patient safety, performance improvement, and healthcare advocacy to the program, and has particular interest in current healthcare priorities including diversity, equity, and inclusion and workforce well-being. She is an active Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Advocacy Chair and Secretary-Treasurer for the Georgia Chapter, and a member of the Health Affairs Committee and Vice-Chair for HeartPAC at the national level.
In her free time, Dr. Schafer enjoys outdoor activities such as paddling, hiking, and camping, and most of all spending time with her three amazing daughters.