Timothy G. Schaefer, MD, FACS
Combining the meticulous, detailed instincts of an engineer and the dedication and compassion of a caring plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Schaefer offers confidence and an improved quality of life to his patients.
“My background in engineering gives me a unique approach to how I plan and then go about achieving the surgical or nonsurgical results and outcomes that my patients are hoping for.”
~ Timothy G. Schaefer, MD, FACS
Dr. Timothy Schaefer has had a long, unique academic career on his way to becoming a plastic surgeon. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University. He completed his medical school education at prestigious Emory Medical School in Atlanta, GA, where he graduated in the top 5 of his class. He also became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, one of the most renowned professional medical societies in the country. After deciding to join the field of plastic surgery, he completed his general surgery training and his plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Emory University.
In 2007, he joined Midwest Plastic Surgery, focusing his career on all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring, as well as eyelid and facial cosmetic surgery. He is a plastic surgeon that is skilled in the surgical treatment of skin cancers, grafting techniques for reconstructive and cosmetic applications, and general trunk and lower extremity reconstructive surgeries.
What Sets Dr. Schaefer Apart as a Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Schaefer is dedicated to the craft of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Here in Minneapolis, he uses body contouring procedures like the Tummy Tuck 360™ and SAFELipo®, as well as microsurgery, fat grafting, and reconstructive surgery. As a plastic surgeon, he has a special emphasis on breast surgery – whether it be for breast augmentation, breast reduction, the breast lift, or breast reconstruction.
Dr. Schaefer believes that using proven innovations can not only give patients balanced and natural results, but also self-confidence and pride in their appearance. By using techniques and technologies that have demonstrated superior efficacy and safety, Dr. Schaefer strives for quality, long-lasting outcomes as well as a comfortable recovery. Through years of experience and training, Dr. Schaefer is a plastic surgeon that emphasizes the importance of finding the right treatment for each patient. To a plastic surgeon like Dr. Schaefer, there’s more to innovation than adopting the latest and newest techniques; it’s the ability to improve upon the safety and efficacy of traditional procedures for the patient’s sake.
As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Schaefer uses his training and experience for building sophisticated structures to guide his complex procedures like facial plastic surgery and technically challenging reconstructive procedures. With careful planning and a problem-solving approach, Dr. Schaefer customizes his cosmetic surgery strategy for natural results. He’s a plastic surgeon that combines the best of both worlds: an engineer’s perspective and an eye for aesthetics to create results that are balanced, proportional, and right for the patient.
“It is truly rewarding to get to know each patient and understand their goals, and then set up a plan, especially for them. I have a passion for determining the best surgery or procedure for each patient.”
~ Timothy G. Schaefer, MD, FACS
Award Winning Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Schaefer utilizes innovative and medically proven techniques as well as state-of-the-art equipment right here in Minneapolis. By doing so, he can assure his patients in the Minneapolis area, as well as his out-of-town cosmetic surgery patients, that they are receiving a safe and effective treatment.
A board-certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schaefer has been honored with a TOP DOCTOR and TOP DOCTOR FOR WOMEN award by the Minnesota Monthly Magazine. He was also named a TOP DOCTOR FOR PLASTIC SURGERY by the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine.
Dr. Schaefer’s work as a plastic surgeon in Minneapolis has been recognized through numerous awards and honors. His accolades are a testament to his reputation to the community, and a way for his patients to know that they are in good hands. A list of his awards and credentials include:
Awards and Accolades
- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
- JD Martin Surgical Resident Award in recognition of excellence in the field of surgery and dedication to surgical education, 2004
- Minneapolis Monthly Magazine – Best Doctor in Plastic Surgery
- Minneapolis Monthly Magazine – Best Doctor for Women in Plastic Surgery
- Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine – Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery
- Fairview Health Services Champion of Care.
- Castle Connolly – Top Doctor
Education and Training
- University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana – B.S. Engineering (Magna Cum Laude)
- Stanford University, Stanford, CA – M.S. Engineering
- Emory University School of Medicine – Atlanta, GA, graduated in the top 5 in his class
- General Surgery Residency at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Minnesota Medical Association
- Jurkiewicz Society
- American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
On a Personal Note – About Dr. Schaefer
Dr. Schaefer met his wife of 16 years, Dr. Katie Schaefer, during medical school at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a practicing pediatrician in the Minneapolis area. Dr. Schaefer and his wife, Dr. Katie, enjoy spending time together and with their two children, Jack, 13 and Caroline, 11. Dr. Schaefer is passionate about exercising, loves the outdoors, and enjoys spending time by the lakes in Minnesota. He and his son enjoy fishing together for Muskies, and he his daughter share a passion for wake surfing.