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Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Medical Dermatology

New York

Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer

When Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer was growing up in Los Angeles, the local hospital, Cedars-Sinai, was one of her favorite places in the world. It represented happy moments and sad moments in her family’s life, and as she roamed the hospital’s halls, she fell in love with the idea of caring for other people through medicine. This path crystalized when she read Emily Dickinson's poem If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking, in which the author declares her life would not be in vain if she could help a robin back into its nest. “When I was 9 or 10, I was thinking, ‘What is the purpose of life?’” Dr. Schaffer recalls. “That poem sealed it. My purpose is to help others.”

Dr. Schaffer began her studies with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University, where she also conducted research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national headquarters. She then went on to earn a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Florida and a medical degree and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Schaffer’s experience with public health led her to study ethnic disparities in cancer, and she soon found dermatology to be a perfect way to combine her interests in science, anthropology, and medicine.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Schaffer completed an internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and finished her residency training in dermatology at New York University. In 2015, Dr. Schaffer began teaching as a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU and launched a laser clinic at the VA Hospital in New York Harbor, where she treats post-combat veterans. There, her specialty is using what people think of as cosmetic procedures for medical interventions, whether that’s employing laser resurfacing to treat a scar or Botox and laser hair removal to ensure a prosthetic limb fits more tightly.

Dr. Schaffer also worked at Gramercy Park Dermatology for nine years and in the summer of 2023 launched her own practice, where she has treated dermatology patients of all types. Whether patients want to avoid skin cancer, reverse sun damage, or stimulate collagen production, Dr. Schaffer grounds her care in science, relying on the latest research to inform her treatment plans. She provides each patient with the context to understand that their treatment can change as they do, or as new data emerges. “I help guide patients,” she says. “I want people to make their own informed decisions about what’s best for them.”

Dr. Schaffer particularly appreciates exploring how people’s questions about their skin fit into the full picture of their health. Most medical practices aren’t set up to allow the time or collaboration this requires, but at Atria, Dr. Schaffer says that way of practicing is the reality. “The cornerstone of everything in public health and in my personality is prevention and preparation,” she says. “That’s what Atria is all about.” Dr. Schaffer gets to know each member and their family so that she and her fellow physicians can work together to create a comprehensive picture of a member’s health and then provide actionable guidance in real time.

Outside of work, Dr. Schaffer dances ballet and lives with her husband and her two children in Manhattan. She serves as Team Mom for her son’s Lego robotics team and co-leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, so during cookie season, she says patients can often pick up a box of cookies on their way out of her office.

Credentials

  • Assistant Clinical Professor
    New York University
  • Attending Dermatologist
    VA Hospital at New York Harbor
  • Former Dermatologist
    Gramercy Park Dermatology

Awards

  • Part-time Attending of the Year
    New York Harbor VA Hospital

Affiliations

  • Fellow
    American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
  • Member
    American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
  • Member
    American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS)
  • Member
    American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)

Meet Our Doctors

David W. Dodick

Dr. David W. Dodick

Chief Science & Medical Officer, Atria; Co-Chair, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Paul G. Lee

Dr. Paul G. Lee

Chief Clinical Consultant

Richard S. Isaacson

Dr. Richard S. Isaacson

Director of Brain Health

Lawrence C. Newman

Dr. Lawrence C. Newman

Director of Brain Health

Ken Shubin Stein

Dr. Ken Shubin Stein

Co-Founder, Atria; Co-Founder and CEO, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Nieca Goldberg

Dr. Nieca Goldberg

Women’s Health & Cardiology, Medical Director of Atria New York

Benjamin H. Lewis

Dr. Benjamin H. Lewis

Director of Atria South Florida; Cardiology

Rony Shimony

Dr. Rony Shimony

Director of Cardiology

Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Dr. Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Director of Endocrinology; Internal Medicine

Jahangir Rahman

Dr. Jahangir Rahman

Internal Medicine

Jennifer McGugins Hill

Dr. Jennifer McGugins Hill

Internal Medicine

Edward J. Greaney

Dr. Edward J. Greaney

Internal Medicine

Bernard M. Kruger

Dr. Bernard M. Kruger

Internal Medicine

Yadiera M. Brown

Dr. Yadiera M. Brown

Family Medicine

Paul Fenyves

Dr. Paul Fenyves

Internal Medicine

Daniel Angerbauer

Dr. Daniel Angerbauer

Preventive Medicine

Robert Kachko

Robert Kachko

Naturopathic Medicine; Acupuncture

Nicholas D. Caputo

Dr. Nicholas D. Caputo

Director of Urgent & Home Care

Evelyn C. Granieri

Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri

Director of Geriatrics

Carmela Seymour

Dr. Carmela Seymour

Gynecology

Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Medical Dermatology

Kyle O’Flaherty

Kyle O’Flaherty

Director of Performance and Movement; Physical Therapy

Adam Ross

Adam Ross

Dietitian

Kelly Fradin

Dr. Kelly Fradin

Director of Pediatrics

Hina J. Talib

Dr. Hina J. Talib

Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Cory Kercher

Dr. Cory Kercher

Pediatrics

Amish Nishawala

Dr. Amish Nishawala

Pediatrics

Kersha S. Pennicott

Dr. Kersha S. Pennicott

Pediatrics & Urgent Care

David W. Dodick

Dr. David W. Dodick

Chief Science & Medical Officer, Atria; Co-Chair, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Paul G. Lee

Dr. Paul G. Lee

Chief Clinical Consultant

Richard S. Isaacson

Dr. Richard S. Isaacson

Director of Brain Health

Lawrence C. Newman

Dr. Lawrence C. Newman

Director of Brain Health

Ken Shubin Stein

Dr. Ken Shubin Stein

Co-Founder, Atria; Co-Founder and CEO, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Nieca Goldberg

Dr. Nieca Goldberg

Women’s Health & Cardiology, Medical Director of Atria New York

Benjamin H. Lewis

Dr. Benjamin H. Lewis

Director of Atria South Florida; Cardiology

Rony Shimony

Dr. Rony Shimony

Director of Cardiology

Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Dr. Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Director of Endocrinology; Internal Medicine

Jahangir Rahman

Dr. Jahangir Rahman

Internal Medicine

Jennifer McGugins Hill

Dr. Jennifer McGugins Hill

Internal Medicine

Edward J. Greaney

Dr. Edward J. Greaney

Internal Medicine

Bernard M. Kruger

Dr. Bernard M. Kruger

Internal Medicine

Yadiera M. Brown

Dr. Yadiera M. Brown

Family Medicine

Paul Fenyves

Dr. Paul Fenyves

Internal Medicine

Daniel Angerbauer

Dr. Daniel Angerbauer

Preventive Medicine

Robert Kachko

Robert Kachko

Naturopathic Medicine; Acupuncture

Nicholas D. Caputo

Dr. Nicholas D. Caputo

Director of Urgent & Home Care

Evelyn C. Granieri

Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri

Director of Geriatrics

Carmela Seymour

Dr. Carmela Seymour

Gynecology

Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Medical Dermatology

Kyle O’Flaherty

Kyle O’Flaherty

Director of Performance and Movement; Physical Therapy

Adam Ross

Adam Ross

Dietitian

Kelly Fradin

Dr. Kelly Fradin

Director of Pediatrics

Hina J. Talib

Dr. Hina J. Talib

Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Cory Kercher

Dr. Cory Kercher

Pediatrics

Amish Nishawala

Dr. Amish Nishawala

Pediatrics

Kersha S. Pennicott

Dr. Kersha S. Pennicott

Pediatrics & Urgent Care

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David W. Dodick

Dr. David W. Dodick

Chief Science & Medical Officer, Atria; Co-Chair, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Read full bio
Paul G. Lee

Dr. Paul G. Lee

Chief Clinical Consultant


Read full bio
Richard S. Isaacson

Dr. Richard S. Isaacson

Director of Brain Health

Read full bio
Lawrence C. Newman

Dr. Lawrence C. Newman

Director of Brain Health

Read full bio
Ken Shubin Stein

Dr. Ken Shubin Stein

Co-Founder, Atria; Co-Founder and CEO, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Read full bio
Nieca Goldberg

Dr. Nieca Goldberg

Women’s Health & Cardiology, Medical Director of Atria New York

Read full bio
Benjamin H. Lewis

Dr. Benjamin H. Lewis

Director of Atria South Florida; Cardiology

Read full bio
Rony Shimony

Dr. Rony Shimony

Director of Cardiology

Read full bio
Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Dr. Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Director of Endocrinology; Internal Medicine

Read full bio
Jahangir Rahman

Dr. Jahangir Rahman

Internal Medicine

Read full bio
Jennifer McGugins Hill

Dr. Jennifer McGugins Hill

Internal Medicine

Read full bio
Edward J. Greaney

Dr. Edward J. Greaney

Internal Medicine

Read full bio
Bernard M. Kruger

Dr. Bernard M. Kruger

Internal Medicine

Read full bio
Yadiera M. Brown

Dr. Yadiera M. Brown

Family Medicine

Read full bio
Paul Fenyves

Dr. Paul Fenyves

Internal Medicine

Read full bio
Daniel Angerbauer

Dr. Daniel Angerbauer

Preventive Medicine

Read full bio
Robert Kachko

Robert Kachko

Naturopathic Medicine; Acupuncture

Read full bio
Nicholas D. Caputo

Dr. Nicholas D. Caputo

Director of Urgent & Home Care

Read full bio
Evelyn C. Granieri

Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri

Director of Geriatrics

Read full bio
Carmela Seymour

Dr. Carmela Seymour

Gynecology

Read full bio
Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Medical Dermatology

Read full bio
Kyle O’Flaherty

Kyle O’Flaherty

Director of Performance and Movement; Physical Therapy

Read full bio
Adam Ross

Adam Ross

Dietitian

Read full bio
Kelly Fradin

Dr. Kelly Fradin

Director of Pediatrics

Read full bio
Hina J. Talib

Dr. Hina J. Talib

Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Read full bio
Cory Kercher

Dr. Cory Kercher

Pediatrics

Read full bio
Amish Nishawala

Dr. Amish Nishawala

Pediatrics

Read full bio
Kersha S. Pennicott

Dr. Kersha S. Pennicott

Pediatrics & Urgent Care

Read full bio
David W. Dodick

Dr. David W. Dodick

Chief Science & Medical Officer, Atria; Co-Chair, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Paul G. Lee

Dr. Paul G. Lee

Chief Clinical Consultant

Richard S. Isaacson

Dr. Richard S. Isaacson

Director of Brain Health

Lawrence C. Newman

Dr. Lawrence C. Newman

Director of Brain Health

Ken Shubin Stein

Dr. Ken Shubin Stein

Co-Founder, Atria; Co-Founder and CEO, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Nieca Goldberg

Dr. Nieca Goldberg

Women’s Health & Cardiology, Medical Director of Atria New York

Benjamin H. Lewis

Dr. Benjamin H. Lewis

Director of Atria South Florida; Cardiology

Rony Shimony

Dr. Rony Shimony

Director of Cardiology

Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Dr. Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Director of Endocrinology; Internal Medicine

Jahangir Rahman

Dr. Jahangir Rahman

Internal Medicine

Jennifer McGugins Hill

Dr. Jennifer McGugins Hill

Internal Medicine

Edward J. Greaney

Dr. Edward J. Greaney

Internal Medicine

Bernard M. Kruger

Dr. Bernard M. Kruger

Internal Medicine

Yadiera M. Brown

Dr. Yadiera M. Brown

Family Medicine

Paul Fenyves

Dr. Paul Fenyves

Internal Medicine

Daniel Angerbauer

Dr. Daniel Angerbauer

Preventive Medicine

Robert Kachko

Robert Kachko

Naturopathic Medicine; Acupuncture

Nicholas D. Caputo

Dr. Nicholas D. Caputo

Director of Urgent & Home Care

Evelyn C. Granieri

Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri

Director of Geriatrics

Carmela Seymour

Dr. Carmela Seymour

Gynecology

Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Medical Dermatology

Kyle O’Flaherty

Kyle O’Flaherty

Director of Performance and Movement; Physical Therapy

Adam Ross

Adam Ross

Dietitian

Kelly Fradin

Dr. Kelly Fradin

Director of Pediatrics

Hina J. Talib

Dr. Hina J. Talib

Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Cory Kercher

Dr. Cory Kercher

Pediatrics

Amish Nishawala

Dr. Amish Nishawala

Pediatrics

Kersha S. Pennicott

Dr. Kersha S. Pennicott

Pediatrics & Urgent Care

David W. Dodick

Dr. David W. Dodick

Chief Science & Medical Officer, Atria; Co-Chair, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Paul G. Lee

Dr. Paul G. Lee

Chief Clinical Consultant

Richard S. Isaacson

Dr. Richard S. Isaacson

Director of Brain Health

Lawrence C. Newman

Dr. Lawrence C. Newman

Director of Brain Health

Ken Shubin Stein

Dr. Ken Shubin Stein

Co-Founder, Atria; Co-Founder and CEO, Atria Academy of Science & Medicine

Nieca Goldberg

Dr. Nieca Goldberg

Women’s Health & Cardiology, Medical Director of Atria New York

Benjamin H. Lewis

Dr. Benjamin H. Lewis

Director of Atria South Florida; Cardiology

Rony Shimony

Dr. Rony Shimony

Director of Cardiology

Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Dr. Gabrielle Page-Wilson

Director of Endocrinology; Internal Medicine

Jahangir Rahman

Dr. Jahangir Rahman

Internal Medicine

Jennifer McGugins Hill

Dr. Jennifer McGugins Hill

Internal Medicine

Edward J. Greaney

Dr. Edward J. Greaney

Internal Medicine

Bernard M. Kruger

Dr. Bernard M. Kruger

Internal Medicine

Yadiera M. Brown

Dr. Yadiera M. Brown

Family Medicine

Paul Fenyves

Dr. Paul Fenyves

Internal Medicine

Daniel Angerbauer

Dr. Daniel Angerbauer

Preventive Medicine

Robert Kachko

Robert Kachko

Naturopathic Medicine; Acupuncture

Nicholas D. Caputo

Dr. Nicholas D. Caputo

Director of Urgent & Home Care

Evelyn C. Granieri

Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri

Director of Geriatrics

Carmela Seymour

Dr. Carmela Seymour

Gynecology

Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer

Medical Dermatology

Kyle O’Flaherty

Kyle O’Flaherty

Director of Performance and Movement; Physical Therapy

Adam Ross

Adam Ross

Dietitian

Kelly Fradin

Dr. Kelly Fradin

Director of Pediatrics

Hina J. Talib

Dr. Hina J. Talib

Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Cory Kercher

Dr. Cory Kercher

Pediatrics

Amish Nishawala

Dr. Amish Nishawala

Pediatrics

Kersha S. Pennicott

Dr. Kersha S. Pennicott

Pediatrics & Urgent Care