Dr. Edward M. Schaeffer graduated from University of Chicago with an undergraduate degree in Biologic Sciences in 1994 and then remained at University of Chicago for his MD – PhD. Spurred by intellectual and scientific curiosity, Dr. Edward M. Schaeffer went on leave from medical school in 1997 to study at the National Institutes of Health for two years on a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholarship. Dr. Schaeffer exhibited outstanding scientific aptitude at the NIH and because of this was allowed to enter into his home University’s PhD program on Scholarship. He subsequently completed his PhD thesis in Pathology 9 months later. The importance of his thesis work was evident early and remains so– his doctoral thesis work on T cell activation has been cited more than 1700 times. Dr. Schaeffer then matriculated back to medical school and earned his MD degree in 2001 from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Schaeffer completed an internship in surgery, a fellowship in pathology and residency at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In his first year at Hopkins, while in the Department of Surgery, he was chosen as the most outstanding surgical intern and was bestowed with the Arnold M Seligman Award for Most Outstanding Surgical Resident from Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. His outstanding clinical and academic contributions led him to be elected into Alpha Omega Alpha as a House officer.

Dr. Schaeffer was appointed to the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2007. At Johns Hopkins Medicine, he directed the prostate cancer program, Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic and was a member of the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In December 2015, Dr. Schaeffer was named Chair of the Department of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Edmund Andrews Professor of Urology.