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Kevin Schafer, MD



About Kevin Schafer

Dr. Kevin Schafer is a foot and ankle specialist at University Orthopaedic Associates. Dr. Schafer completed his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, where he received specialized training in minimally invasive techniques, complex reconstructive procedures, and total ankle arthroplasty from pioneers in the field. 

He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in chemical and biomolecular engineering and graduated with honors. He obtained his medical degree at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. He then completed his orthopaedic residency at Washington University in St. Louis, a training program consistently ranked as one of the best in the country. 

Dr. Schafer is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). Dr. Schafer has authored numerous biomechanics and clinical outcome studies in peer-reviewed journals, and has written several book chapters related to diagnosing and treating complex foot and ankle conditions. 

In his spare time, Dr. Schafer enjoys swimming, golfing, surfing and spending quality time with his wife and two boys. 


  • Patent recipient: Patent No. US10198968B2. Method for Creating A Computer Model of a Joint for Treatment Planning. Hospital for Special Surgery 
  • AOFAS Resident Scholar Recipient 
  • University Honors, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dept. Honors, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Inducted into Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
  • Inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society


Clinical Interests:

  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Athletic foot and ankle injuries
  • Ankle cartilage disorders
  • Ankle, foot and toe deformity correction 
  • Flat feet
  • Bunions
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Ankle arthroscopy 
  • Total ankle arthroplasty 

Additional Information:

Assistant: Alison Michie

Phone: 732-283-2663, ext. 5103


Hospital Affiliations:

Accepting New Patients:



Repair of Osteochondral (Cartilage) Lesions of the Ankle

Hammertoe and Crossover Toe Deformities

Minimally Invasive Management of Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Total Ankle Replacement

Management of Foot and Ankle Nonunions / Malunions / Infections

Minimally Invasive Bunion Correction

Diabetic “Charcot” Reconstruction

Ankle Fusion

Midfoot Fusions / Operative Treatment of Midfoot Arthritis

Ankle Ligament Reconstruction / Ankle Instability Syndromes

Ankle Arthroscopy



Diabetic “Charcot” Foot / Ankle


Peroneal Tendonitis


Achilles Tendonitis

Ankle / Foot Arthritis

Morton’s Neuroma


Hammertoe and Crossover Toe Deformities

Cavovarus Feet

Athletic and Traumatic Injuries of the Foot and Ankle (Such as Lisfranc Injuries and Turf Toe)

Foot and Ankle Fractures

Achilles Tendon Ruptures (Acute and Chronic)

Ankle Sprains and Ankle Instability Syndromes



Kia, M., Schafer, K., Lipman, J., Cross, M., Mayman, D., Pearle, A., . . . Imhauser, C. (2016). A Multibody Knee Model Corroborates Subject-Specific Experimental Measurements of Low Ligament Forces and Kinematic Coupling During Passive Flexion. J Biomech Eng, 138(5), 051010. 

Nawabi, D. H., Tucker, S., Schafer, K. A., Zuiderbaan, H. A., Nguyen, J. T., Wickiewicz, T. L., . . . Pearle, A. D. (2016). ACL Fibers Near the Lateral Intercondylar Ridge Are the Most Load Bearing During Stability Examinations and Isometric Through Passive Flexion. Am J Sports Med, 44(10), 2563-2571. 

Schafer, K. A., Tucker, S., Griffith, T., Sheikh, S., Wickiewicz, T. L., Nawabi, D. H., . . . Pearle, A. D. (2016). Distribution of Force in the Medial Collateral Ligament Complex During Simulated Clinical Tests of Knee Stability. Am J Sports Med, 44(5), 1203-1208.

Lamplot, J. D., Schafer, K. A., & Matava, M. J. (2018). Treatment of Failed Articular Cartilage Reconstructive Procedures of the Knee: A Systematic Review. Orthop J Sports Med, 6(3), 2325967118761871. 

Nixon, D. C., Schafer, K. A., Cusworth, B., McCormick, J. J., Johnson, J. E., & Klein, S. E. (2019). Preoperative Anxiety Effect on Patient-Reported Outcomes Following Foot and Ankle Surgery. Foot Ankle Int, 40(9), 1007-1011.

Staples, J. R., Schafer, K. A., Smith, M. V., Motley, J., Halstead, M., Blackman, A., . . . Brophy, R. H. (2019). Decreased Postural Control in Patients Undergoing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Compared to Healthy Controls. J Sport Rehabil, 1-6. 

Schafer, K. A., Minaie, A., & Nepple, J. J. (2020). Outcome Metrics in Pediatric Sports Medicine: Do PROMIS Computer-Adaptive Testing Metrics Correlate With Pedi-IKDC? J Pediatr Orthop, 40(7):e616-e620.

Schafer, K.A., Clohisy, J.C., Nepple, J.J. (2020) Rapidly Progressive Femoroacetabular Impingement Patient Characteristics and Risk Factors for Total Hip Arthroplasty by the Age of Forty. Iowa Orthop J, 40(1):129-134.

Schafer, K.A., McCormick, J.J. (2021). Turf Toe and Sesamoiditis. Oper Tech Sports Med. 2021;29(4):150869.

Schafer, K.A., McCormick, J.J. (2022) The Lapidus Procedure: The Evolution From Suture Fixation to Rigid Multiplanar Correction. Tech Foot Ankle Surg, 21(1):20-29.

Schafer, K.A, … Klein, S.E., Johnson, J.E., McCormick, J.J. (2022) Outcomes Following Repeat Ankle Arthroscopy and Microfracture for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. Foot Ankle Spec, In Press.

Brophy, R.H., Schafer, K.A., …Wright, R.W. Smith, M.V. (2022). Changes in Dynamic Postural Stability after ACL Reconstruction: Results Over 2 Years of Follow-up. Orthop J Sports Med, 13;10(6):23259671221098989.

Schafer, K.A., …Backus, J.D., Hunt, K.J, McCormick, J.J. (2022). Two Orthogonal Nitinol Staples and Combined Nitinol Staple-Screw Constructs for a First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Arthrodesis: A Biomechanical Cadaver Study. Foot Ankle Int, online ahead of print.  


Schafer KA, Adams SB, McCormick JJ. Peroneal Tendonitis and Tendinopathy, In The Peroneal Tendons- A Clinical Guide to Evaluation and Management. Editors: Sobel, M. Springer Nature, Switzerland. July 2020. 

Granberry W, Schafer KA, McCormick JJ, Marks RM. Forefoot Success, In Instructional Course Lectures: Volume 70. Editors: Khanuja, HS, Strauss, EJ. Wolters Kluwer, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL. March 2021.   


Obey MR, Schafer KA, Matheny LM, McAndrew CM, Gardner MJ, Ricci WM, Clanton TO, Backus JD. Syndesmotic Suture Button Fixation Results in Higher Tegner Activity Scale Scores when Compared to Screw Fixation: A. Multicenter Investigation. Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. American Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Society, 2022. Selected for podium presentation.

Kia M, Schafer KA, Pearle AD, Wickiewicz TL, Imhauser CW. Specimen-specific comparison of a computational model and physical experiment reveals accurate predictions of lateral compartment instability in the anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knee in response to combined rotatory loads. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA. Orthopaedic Research Society, 2016. Selected for podium presentation.

Schafer KA, Kia M, Green DW, Pearle AD, Wickiewicz TL, Wright T, Imhauser CW. Applying mean soft tissue properties to a subpopulation of knee models reveals inability to capture variations in knee stability. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, 2015.

Kia M, Schafer KA, Green DW, Pearle AD, Wickiewicz TL, Wright T, Imhauser CW. Specimen-specific evaluation of a multi-body model predicts instability and increased meniscal load in the anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knee. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, 2015.

Kia M, Schafer KA, Stone K, Lipman JD, Green DW, Cross MB, Mayman DJ, Pearle AD, Wickiewicz TL, Wright T, Santner TJ, Imhauser CW. Integrated modeling and sensitivity analysis identify critical parameters associated with subject-specific knee function: applications in ACL injury and reconstruction. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA. Orthopaedic Research Society, 2015.

Kia M, Stone K, Schafer KA, Green DW, Pearle AD, Wickiewicz TL, Lipman JD, Wright T, Imhauser CW. Identifying mechanisms of passive knee stability through subject-specific comparison of model predictions with experimentally-measured kinematics and ligament forces. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA. World Congress of Biomechanics, 2014.

Schafer KA, Tucker SM, Stone K, Lipman JD, Green DW, Cross MB, Ranawat AS, Mayman DJ, Pearle AD, Wickiewicz TL, Wright T, Imauser CW. Identifying mechanisms of passive knee stability through an integrated experimental-computational modeling framework. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA. Orthopaedic Research Society, 2014.


Medical Degree, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick


Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University, St. Louis


Mercy Medical Center, Foot and Ankle, Baltimore