Referring Physician

This section of the website is intended SOLELY for the use of referring physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to facilitate communication about patients. For a variety of reasons, we do not answer any questions from patients related to patient care via the internet.

As detailed in our statement under “Our Philosophy” elsewhere in this website, we are happy to see any child, irrespective of funding status. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dr. Schaeffer and this nurse practitioners, Kari J. Blackburn and Ann Muth, work as a team, with Dr. Schaeffer focusing primarily on children with surgical problems.  Referring physicians and nurse practitioners are encouraged to contact any of us with questions or concerns about one of their patients; we are happy to give general advice or provide insights into a clinical issue.  For liability reasons, we may need to see the patient if the issue concerns a specific patient or if you intend to document the details of our conversation in a particular patient’s chart.