Timothy R. Shaver, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Timothy R. Shaver, M.D., F.A.C.S.


I have been asked many times if I always knew I wanted to be a surgeon, and I always say “Ever since my third grade teacher suggested I could be one.” Since then, I have tried to be the best surgeon I could be. In my surgery training at Army Medical Center, we learned to be good technical surgeons, but we also learned how to talk with patients so they could easily understand their disease and why we needed to do surgery for them. The most important thing a surgeon can do is have the technical ability and experience to face any issue that comes up in the operating room. My training has prepared me for this and I continue to add to my knowledge and skills through lifelong learning through reading, conferences and hands-on teaching. I truly enjoy taking care of patients and believe there is no better place to work than in the operating room. I enjoy time with my family whether at home, traveling, attending high school football games, Nationals baseball games or high school rugby matches. I also spend time woodworking and doing DIY projects as well as working in the yard. I am extremely proud of my wife and my three sons and have always tried to balance my professional life with my family life. Although not always easy, I have been fortunate to coach several of the sports teams on which they have played and am very thankful that I can count on one hand the number of games or other events that I have missed.

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Specialized Interests

Surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the liver
Surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the pancreas
Surgical treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the bile ducts
Surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the stomach
Surgical treatment of Sarcomas
Complex Abdominal surgeries
Advanced laparoscopic procedures

Hospital Affiliations​

Inova Alexandria Hospital
Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Reston Hospital Center
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
StoneSprings Hospital Center


Named in “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” by Consumer’s Research Council of America 
Named in “Top 100 Doctors” Washingtonian Magazine, 2014, 2015, 2016

Medical School

University of Tennessee, 1982


Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii


Transplant Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 1988

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, General Surgery


Fellow, American College of Surgeons 
Member, American Society of Transplant Surgeons Member, American Medical Association
Member, Americas Hernia Society
Member, Americas Hepatopancreatobiliary Association
Member, International Hepatopancreatobiliary Association


Assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine INOVA Campus Assistant professor, Uniformed Services University in Bethesda Assistant professor, George Washington University School of Medicine

Previous Experience

Chief of Surgery and President of Medical Staff, Southside Community Hospital Director, Transplant Program, US Army Medical Department Director of Abdominal Transplantation, Inova Fairfax Hospital Chief of Organ Transplant Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Patient Testimonial

"I was your patient in March 2001 when you performed a Whipple procedure. I hope you remember me after all these years. Obviously I'm still here, almost 18 years later. I never thanked you properly for saving my life. God gave me a second chance at life through your hands. My wife and our two sons are the light of my life. I'm still writing and brimming with life. I never dreamt back in 2001 that I could ever experience so much love and joy and happiness in my life. Every March I think of you on the anniversary of my surgery. Mere words cannot fully express the depths of my gratitude, but thank you, thank you, thank you." - J.S.