Thomas H. Shaffer, MSE, PhD
Primary Title: Program Director and Principal Investigator
Additional Title(s): Associate Director, Nemours Biomedical Research
Director, Nemours Lung Center
Director, Technology Transfer
Professor of Physiology and Pediatrics

Bio: Thomas H. Shaffer, MS.E., Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine. He also holds the position of Professor of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Shaffer received his doctorate from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Physiology and Medicine. He was recruited as an Associate Professor at Temple University School of Medicine in 1977. Dr. Shaffer has 39 years of experience as an active scientist in pulmonary research with special attention to the needs of the neonatal and pediatric populations. Dr. Shaffer’s revolutionary work with treatments for respiratory distress syndrome is known world-wide, and he is considered an international expert in this field. In addition, he is renown for his work in developmental airway physiology and clinical pulmonary function evaluation in neonates.
Since 1974, Professor Shaffer has been continuously supported by NIH grants (22) and academic, corporate and private institutional awards (48 total). His early NIH grants were awarded during a period when corporate sponsors were not readily supporting work in his area of interest, and the resultant science acted as a catalyst for procuring many other grants from the private and corporate sectors. The excellence of his corporate-sponsored research has resulted in 12 licensed patents. In September, 2004, Dr. Shaffer was awarded a .2 million Center for Biomedical Research Excellent (COBRE) grant from the National Institutes of Health for the development of a Center for Pediatric Research (CPR) at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, as part of the ARRA program, he was awarded a .6 million in supplements to this program for 2009-2010. On September 17, 2010, the Center for Pediatric Research (CPR) at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children was awarded an additional 5-year, .5-million Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). This competitive award will allow Nemours to continue to expand the CPR and support the recruitment of additional faculty to this diverse pediatric clinical and research facility. He serves as the Director of the new Center and administers its staff, revenues and research. Dr. Shaffer clearly understands translational research, having moved multiple intellectual properties from the bench top to the clinic and on to industry.