Dr. Allen Schaffer is a Physician practicing in Bangor, Maine. His interests include
Collaborative Care Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Co-occurring Substance
Use Disorders, and Treatment of Impaired Professionals.
Dr. Schaffer has a unique set of clinical and administrative skills bridging many of the delivery
sectors in health care. He is double-boarded in Psychiatry and in Internal Medicine, one of
few such physicians in the U.S. He is currently practicing Psychiatry across the care continuum.
He currently serves as Chief of Psychiatry at Community Health and Counseling
Service, the Regional Mental Health agency for Down East Maine. He is Attending Psychiatrist
at St Joseph Hospital, at Wellspring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service and
Aroostook Mental Health Center.. He previously was Chief Medical Officer for The Acadia
Hospital, a comprehensive behavioral health and substance treatment campus, and was also
Chief of Psychiatry at Eastern Maine Medical Center, a 411 bed tertiary hospital, both in
Bangor, Maine. He directed the Substance Treatment programs at Acadia, and prior to that
practiced at Maple Leaf Treatment Center, a substance treatment facility in Underhill, Vermont.
Dr. Schaffer resumed full-time clinical practice in 2006 following 20 years as a Medical
Executive in three Fortune 500 healthcare companies. He served from 1993 to 2005 as Chief
Medical Officer for CIGNA. Prior to that he was head of professional affairs and quality
management at Aetna; and led hospital quality management and primary care delivery
programs at Humana. He has also administered not-for-profit hospital programs, and founded
and managed a multi-office medical group.
Dr. Schaffer received his medical degree in 1975 from the University Of Washington,
Seattle, where he was granted early admission, received medical thesis honors and the Robert
H. Williams Medical Research Award. He served his Residency training at the Tulane Service
of Charity Hospital in New Orleans and at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. In 2005 he
chose to pursue board certification in Psychiatry and completed his Residency in Psychiatry at
the University of Vermont in 2009.
A longtime trustee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (2003-2014), Dr.
Schaffer’s past trustee appointments include: the National Committee for Quality Assurance
(NCQA), the American Association of Health Plans (AHIP), and the National Advisory Board for
the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He completed an appointment on the
Subcommittee on Pay for Performance convened by the Institute of Medicine in 2006.