April 22, 1958 – May 20, 2015
On May 20th 2015 our community lost our friend, mentor, father, husband, colleague, educator; Dr Benjamin Shaffer.
On Monday, September 16th 2019, we will host the Third Annual Ben Shaffer Memorial Golf Classic at the Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, MD to honor and celebrate the legacy that Ben has left behind.
Ben’s death is a tragedy and one that we will never really comprehend. As some of you may know, Ben was plagued with the struggles of mental illness. Our mission in establishing this event is to educate our community, both professionally and personally, on mental health, while utilizing Ben’s life as its voice. Mental illness is no longer a topic that should only be discussed in quiet, sterile doctor’s offices; but rather brought to the dinner table and shared with friends and family.
We want to empower our community members to understand it, learn about it, and work to treat and heal people like Ben who suffered so greatly from it. We hope that this event continues to bring awareness and support to mental health, and helps to remove the stigma that so many face every day. Proceeds from this event will benefit an organization that reflects and illustrates Ben’s lasting impact on all of our lives:
The Ben Shaffer Sports Medicine Endowment fund has been established to honor his forever love of Sports and Medicine. This fund will support future academic endeavors. Ben as we all know loved medicine, teaching, and perfecting his skill sets in and out of the operating room. His zest for learning and life was evident every time he walked into his patient’s room, the operating room, or stepped up on the speaker podium. This fund will continue to honor the academic excellence he strived for daily.