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Johnathon P. Shaffer, MD

IU Health

Pain Medicine

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Dr. Shaffer is a Fort Wayne, IN native, sports neurologist and interventional pain specialist. He currently serves as the Neurotrauma Consultant to IU Athletics and Medical Director of the IU Health Bloomington Spine Program, providing a unique skillset to the South Central Indiana Region.

Dr. Shaffer earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from IU Bloomington. He then attended a novel global medical education program through the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. He went on to complete a neurology residency at University of Maryland Medical Center. This included training at the RA Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore VA Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospitals. He proceeded to the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles for a fellowship in sports neurology, neuromodulation and interventional pain management. In his time there he served as a consulting team physician to the Los Angeles Rams, Clippers, Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Ducks, FIFA, NCAA, Team USA and Team HEAL, among others.

He returned to Bloomington in 2021 and continued on as Medical Officer of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational hosted by Tiger Woods through 2023. Dr. Shaffer has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and has been presented several awards for both research and clinical care, including the Mohammad R. Torabi Outstanding Early Career Distinguished Alumni Award from the IU School of Public Health. He has been invited to speak both locally and nationally on concussion and other sports neurology topics. Dr. Shaffer holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment through the IU School of Optometry and is completing his MBA through the Kelley School of Business. He enjoys golf, IU Athletics and spending time at the lake with his wife, daughters and golden retriever.


Insurance plans accepted by this provider are below.

  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Anthem Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Anthem Hoosier Care Connect
  • Anthem Hoosier Healthwise
  • Anthem Medicare HMO
  • Anthem Medicare PPO
  • Anthem Pathway Essentials Network
  • Care Source Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Care Source Hoosier Healthwise
  • Community Health Network - Employee Plan
  • CorVel/Corecare - Workers Compensation
Coventry/First Health
Deaconess OneCare
  • Encore Workers Compensation
  • Health Alliance Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Indiana Health Network - Workers Compensation
  • Indiana University - Workers Compensation
  • Indiana University Health - Workers Compensation
IU Health Plans
Lutheran Preferred
  • Managed Health Services Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Managed Health Services Hoosier Care Connect
  • Managed Health Services Hoosier Healthwise
  • Managed Health Services Medicare Advantage
  • MDWise Excel Healthy Indiana Plan
  • MDWise Excel Hoosier Healthwise
  • Parkview Health Plan Signature Care PPO
  • Point Comfort - Refugee Medical Assistance Program
  • Point Comfort - Unaccompanied Children Program
Suburban Health Organization
  • The Healthcare Group Encircle
  • The Healthcare Group Encore
  • TriCare Prime
  • TriCare Select
  • United DSNP
  • United HealthCare
  • United HealthCare Hoosier Care Connect
  • United HMO
  • United Medicare Advantage
  • United PPO
  • VA - CCN via United Healthcare

Note: Although this listing was accurate at the time of posting, insurances change regularly, and insurance plans listed may not be accepted at all office locations for this provider. Please confirm with your insurance company that this provider is covered by your plan before your appointment.

Specialties & Details


Pain Medicine

Conditions & Treatments:

Pain Management, Sports Medicine Neurology



Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

School of Medicine:

The University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School, Brisbane, QLD AUS, New Orleans, LA


University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD


Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute

Hospitals & Affiliations

Hospital Privileges:

IU Health Bedford, IU Health Bloomington, IU Health Morgan, IU Health Paoli

Physician Group:

IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians


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