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Michael D. Schuffler, MD
Professor Emeritus
Biography

Dr. Schuffler, Professor of Medicine, is recognized worldwide for his expertise in the treatment of gastrointestinal motility disorders, such as esophageal motility disorders, gastroparesis, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, colonic inertia, pelvic floor dyssynergia, and fecal incontinence. He is renowned for his past research characterizing the pathology of the muscles and nerves of the gastrointestinal tract that cause many of these disorders.

Dr. Schuffler has been a highly respected member of the GI Division faculty for over 40 years. After graduating from the University of Illinois Medical School, Dr. Schuffler did two years of internship and residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and then came to the University of Washington to complete his residency in internal medicine. Fully intending to begin a fellowship in Nephrology, Dr. Schuffler was, instead, lured into Gastroenterology by two great mentors, Drs. Wade Volwiler and David Saunders, both former heads of the GI Division. It was during his fellowship that a lifetime interest in GI motility disorders was sparked.

Recent Publications
Displaying 20 Most Recent Publications from PubMed

October 1995. Pneumatosis intestinalis: a review. Heng Y, Schuffler MD, Haggitt RC, Rohrmann CA. Am J Gastroenterol. 1995 Oct;90(10):1747-58.

July 1995. Small bowel resection for relief of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Noel RF Jr, Schuffler MD, Helton WS. Am J Gastroenterol. 1995 Jul;90(7):1142-5.

May 1993. Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction in infants and children caused by diverse abnormalities of the myenteric plexus. Krishnamurthy S, Heng Y, Schuffler MD. Gastroenterology. 1993 May;104(5):1398-408.

August 1991. Familial enteric neuropathy with pseudoobstruction. Camilleri M, Carbone LD, Schuffler MD. Dig Dis Sci. 1991 Aug;36(8):1168-71.

April 1989. Amyloidosis mimics achalasia's effect on lower esophageal sphincter. Lefkowitz JR, Brand DL, Schuffler MD, Brugge WR. Dig Dis Sci. 1989 Apr;34(4):630-5.

November 1988. Paraneoplastic visceral neuropathy as a cause of severe gastrointestinal motor dysfunction. Chinn JS, Schuffler MD. Gastroenterology. 1988 Nov;95(5):1279-86.

September 1988. Megacolon in myotonic dystrophy caused by a degenerative neuropathy of the myenteric plexus. Yoshida MM, Krishnamurthy S, Wattchow DA, Furness JB, Schuffler MD. Gastroenterology. 1988 Sep;95(3):820-7.

April 1988. There are no morphologic abnormalities of the gastric wall or abdominal vagus in patients with diabetic gastroparesis. Yoshida MM, Schuffler MD, Sumi SM. Gastroenterology. 1988 Apr;94(4):907-14.

April 1988. Visceral myopathy of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts in infants. Schuffler MD, Pagon RA, Schwartz R, Bill AH. Gastroenterology. 1988 Apr;94(4):892-8.

November 1987. Subtotal colectomy for severe idiopathic constipation. A follow-up study of 13 patients. Leon SH, Krishnamurthy S, Schuffler MD. Dig Dis Sci. 1987 Nov;32(11):1249-54.

March 1987. Neuronal dysplasia and chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction: rectal biopsy as a possible aid to diagnosis. Achem SR, Owyang C, Schuffler MD, Dobbins WO 3rd. Gastroenterology. 1987 Mar;92(3):805-9.

December 1986. Familial visceral neuropathy with autosomal dominant transmission. Mayer EA, Schuffler MD, Rotter JI, Hanna P, Mogard M. Gastroenterology. 1986 Dec;91(6):1528-35.

December 1986. Visceral myopathy of the colon mimicking Hirschsprung's disease. Diagnosis by deep rectal biopsy. Leon SH, Schuffler MD. Dig Dis Sci. 1986 Dec;31(12):1381-6.

October 1986. Radiation-induced intestinal pseudoobstruction. Perino LE, Schuffler MD, Mehta SJ, Everson GT. Gastroenterology. 1986 Oct;91(4):994-8.

September 1986. Spectrum of rectal biopsy abnormalities in homosexual men with intestinal symptoms. Surawicz CM, Goodell SE, Quinn TC, Roberts PL, Corey L, Holmes KK, Schuffler MD, Stamm WE. Gastroenterology. 1986 Sep;91(3):651-9.

March 1986. An inflammatory axonopathy of the myenteric plexus producing a rapidly progressive intestinal pseudoobstruction. Krishnamurthy S, Schuffler MD, Belic L, Schweid AI. Gastroenterology. 1986 Mar;90(3):754-8.

February 1986. Chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction as a complication of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. Leon SH, Schuffler MD, Kettler M, Rohrmann CA. Gastroenterology. 1986 Feb;90(2):455-9.

November 1985. Intestinal pseudoobstruction caused by a new form of visceral neuropathy: palliation by radical small bowel resection. Schuffler MD, Leon SH, Krishnamurthy S. Gastroenterology. 1985 Nov;89(5):1152-6.

October 1985. Intestinal pseudoobstruction caused by diffuse lymphoid infiltration of the small intestine. McDonald GB, Schuffler MD, Kadin ME, Tytgat GN. Gastroenterology. 1985 Oct;89(4):882-9.

January 1985. Severe idiopathic constipation is associated with a distinctive abnormality of the colonic myenteric plexus. Krishnamurthy S, Schuffler MD, Rohrmann CA, Pope CE 2nd. Gastroenterology. 1985 Jan;88(1 Pt 1):26-34.

November 1984. Radiologic and histologic differentiation of neuromuscular disorders of the gastrointestinal tract: visceral myopathies, visceral neuropathies, and progressive systemic sclerosis. Rohrmann CA Jr, Ricci MT, Krishnamurthy S, Schuffler MD. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1984 Nov;143(5):933-41.

August 1984. Infections with Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter-like organisms in homosexual men. Quinn TC, Goodell SE, Fennell C, Wang SP, Schuffler MD, Holmes KK, Stamm WE. Ann Intern Med. 1984 Aug;101(2):187-92.

June 1984. Megacolon and neurofibromatosis: a neuronal intestinal dysplasia. Case report and review of the literature. Feinstat T, Tesluk H, Schuffler MD, Krishnamurthy S, Verlenden L, Gilles W, Frey C, Trudeau W. Gastroenterology. 1984 Jun;86(6):1573-9.

March 1984. Jejunal diverticulosis with perforation as a complication of Fabry's disease. Friedman LS, Kirkham SE, Thistlethwaite JR, Platika D, Kolodny EH, Schuffler MD. Gastroenterology. 1984 Mar;86(3):558-63.

September 1983. Jejunal diverticulosis. A heterogenous disorder caused by a variety of abnormalities of smooth muscle or myenteric plexus. Krishnamurthy S, Kelly MM, Rohrmann CA, Schuffler MD. Gastroenterology. 1983 Sep;85(3):538-47.

September 1983. The polymicrobial origin of intestinal infections in homosexual men. Quinn TC, Stamm WE, Goodell SE, Mkrtichian E, Benedetti J, Corey L, Schuffler MD, Holmes KK. N Engl J Med. 1983 Sep 8;309(10):576-82.

April 1983. Herpes simplex virus proctitis in homosexual men. Clinical, sigmoidoscopic, and histopathological features. Goodell SE, Quinn TC, Mkrtichian E, Schuffler MD, Holmes KK, Corey L. N Engl J Med. 1983 Apr 14;308(15):868-71.

February 1983. Intestinal pseudo-obstruction as the presenting manifestation of small-cell carcinoma of the lung. A paraneoplastic neuropathy of the gastrointestinal tract. Schuffler MD, Baird HW, Fleming CR, Bell CE, Bouldin TW, Malagelada JR, McGill DB, LeBauer SM, Abrams M, Love J. Ann Intern Med. 1983 Feb;98(2):129-34.

November 1982. Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction syndromes. Classification, diagnosis and treatment. Schuffler MD. Acta Gastroenterol Belg. 1982 Nov-Dec;45(11-12):447-59.

September 1982. Pathologic features of familial visceral myopathy. Mitros FA, Schuffler MD, Teja K, Anuras S. Hum Pathol. 1982 Sep;13(9):825-33.

Contact Info
Education

​Senior Fellow and Instructor in Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Senior Fellow in Gastroenterology, University of Washington Hospitals, Seattle, WA

Resident in Medicine, University of Washington Hospital, Seattle, WA

Resident in Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL

Intern in Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL

MD, University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago, IL

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