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M. Shuja Shafqat, MD

Dr. Shafqat

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Assistant Professor

Treatment Focus

Oncologic reconstruction and reconstructive microsurgery; breast reconstruction including implant based and flap reconstruction (latissimus flap, muscle sparing free TRAM flap, DIEP flap); head and neck reconstruction; trunk reconstruction including chest wall, abdominal wall, pelvic/perineum/vaginal reconstruction; extremity reconstruction; reconstruction after removal of melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, and sarcoma; surgical treatment of lymphedema. 

Treatment Philosophy

Ever since I started on this pathway to medicine, I knew I wanted to be a plastic surgeon. But there was something about reconstructive surgery that drew me specifically. I saw not only the creativity that is involved in restoring patients appearance and function, but also the impact it has on our patients lives. At Fox Chase, we offer the full spectrum of reconstructive surgery including microsurgical options for breast reconstruction, such as the DIEP flap, head and neck cancer, skin cancer, and many other parts of the body.

I have had training in all aspects of plastic surgery including breast, head and neck, burn, trauma, lower extremity, chronic wounds, cosmetics and hand surgery to help produce the most optimal outcomes for my patients. I believe patients should play an active role in their reconstruction and it is important to me to take time to make sure the patient understands all aspects of these sometimes complex procedures. I want to make sure patients understand the entire surgical journey they are about to go on and what to expect each step of the way.

The care at Fox Chase is unparalleled. Patients with cancer often present with unique needs that require multiple specialists to produce the best outcome. We have all those specialists at Fox Chase and they all work together to ensure that the patient does well and has a great experience. This is what makes a comprehensive cancer center and Fox Chase especially stand out.

I am also interested in optimizing outcomes for breast reconstruction patients including using narcotic and opioid minimizing pain control after surgery. I also utilize social media to help our patients connect with us and help inform the public about reconstructive surgery.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @shujashafqatmd 

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Microsurgery Fellowship, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, July 2017-June 2018
  • Plastic Surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA, 2017
  • General Surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA, 2014
  • MD,  Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, May 2011
Research Profile

Research Interests

Breast reconstruction outcomes, enhanced recovery after free flap breast reconstruction and narcotic/opioid minimizing protocols, outcomes after surgical intervention for lymphedema

Publications

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Adkinson JM, Shafqat MS, Eid SM, Miles MG. Delayed diagnosis of hand injuries in polytrauma patients. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2012 Oct; 69(4): 442-5. PMID: 22868310

Harlin SL, Harlin RD, Sherman TI, Rozsas CM, Shafqat MS, Meyers W. Using a Structured, Computer-Administered Questionnaire for Evaluating Health-Related QOL with Chronic Lower Extremity Wounds. Ostomy Wound Management. 2009 Sept; 55(9): 30-9. PMID 19797801

Book Chapters

Gilstrap J, Ranganath B, Shafqat MS, Murphy RX. Median Nerve Decompression from the Wrist to Elbow. In: Murphy RX, Herman C (Eds.) Introductory Atlas of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: A Procedural Manual. New York, NY. Thieme Medical Publishers. In press.

Shafqat MS, Ranganath B, Nayak C. Cheek Reconstruction. In: Murphy RX, Herman C (Eds.) Introductory Atlas of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: A Procedural Manual. New York, NY. Thieme Medical Publishers. In press.

Ranganath B, Shafqat MS, Wojcik R, Nayak C. Nasal Reconstruction. In: Murphy RX, Herman C (Eds.) Introductory Atlas of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: A Procedural Manual. New York, NY. Thieme Medical Publishers. In press.

Shafqat MS, Ranganath B, Miller NF, Murphy RX. Hand Infections. In: Murphy RX, Herman C (Eds.) Introductory Atlas of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: A Procedural Manual. New York, NY. Thieme Medical Publishers. In press.

Shafqat MS. Prosthetics and Adjuncts in Abdominal Reconstruction. In: Madbak FG, Dangleben DA (Eds.) Options in the Management of the Open Abdomen. New York, NY: Springer Publishing; 43-59

Electronic Publications

PRS Journal Club Podcast, Co-Host/Participant, 2017

PRS Resident Chronicles Blog (https://prsresidentchronicles.wordpress.com/)

  • A Twelve Year Consecutive Case Experience in Thoracic Reconstruction: A Review. 2016
  • Social Media for the Plastic Surgery Resident and How to Get Started. 2016
  • April 2016 #PRSJournalClub Wrap-Up. 2016
  • Can We Reconstruct Ourselves. 2015

Additional Publications

MyNCBI

Ratings

31 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

Our Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider related questions from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more.

OVERALL RATING

5.0 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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  • 4.9

10 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    August 12, 2019
    Everything was excellent!!
  • 5.0
    August 06, 2019
    Dr. Shafqat and his staff are fabulous! He is an incredible surgeon who seems to be part wizard & part magicians, he & his team saved my life. [...] All in all for Chase Cancer Center is one of a kind. An amazing place!
  • 5.0
    June 27, 2019
    Dr. Shafqat answered all my questions and in great detail as I had requested. This gave me a high level of confidence in him.
  • 5.0
    April 14, 2019
    I feel Dr. Shafqat is an excellent, caring, professional doctor.
  • 5.0
    April 02, 2019
    Wonderful experience.
  • 5.0
    March 29, 2019
    Dr Shafqat and his PA, [...] are absolutely the best. Patient, caring, thorough, intelligent and thoughtful. this appt was my final one during the first phase of breast reconstruction. looking forward to seeing them again in a couple of months when chemo is over.
  • 5.0
    March 14, 2019
    Dr. Shafqat is one of the best doctors I have ever had and always gets back to me to answer my concerns.
  • 4.4
    February 12, 2019
    The visiting nurse called the office; they responded quickly & Dr. Shafqat responded quickly & personally which impressed my nurse. I feel like I have a team working for me & encouraging me. Thanks so much!
  • 5.0
    February 08, 2019
    My experience from beginning to end has been very GOOD! THANK YOU doctor and staff.
  • 5.0
    December 30, 2018
    Dr. Shafqat was very caring and informative.
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