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Matthew Schefft, DO, MSHA, FAAP

Assistant professor

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Hospital medicine

Board Certifications



VCU Medical Center Main Hospital
1250 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Areas of interest

Care of hospitalized children
Quality improvement
Patient safety


Dr. Schefft is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Richmond. His clinical and research interests center on medical overuse and how we can "safely do less" in the care of children. Dr. Schefft is involved in projects to identify medical overuse and implement improvement work to reduce unnecessary care both locally and nationally.

He is a co-chair of the CHoR Quality Council, Inpatient Quality Committee, and physician liaison for the construction of our new inpatient children's tower. Nationally, he is co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association's Quality Improvement Special Interest Group, a member of the Lown Institute's RightCare Alliance Pediatric Council, founding member of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance Pediatric Committee, site coach for the American Academy of Pediatrics Value in Inpatient Pediatrics projects, a 2020 graduate of the Academic Pediatric Association Quality, Safety, and Improvement Science Scholars Program, and a 2017 American Society of Hematology Choosing Wisely Champion.


Education MSHA: VCU
Medical School DO: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Fellowship Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Research interests

Medical overuse, High-value care, Quality improvement innovation


  • Schefft M, Swaffar C, Noda C, Newlin J, Sisler I. "A Novel Approach to Reducing Admissions For Children with Sickle Cell Disease in Pain Crisis Through Individualization and Standardization" Pediatric Blood and Cancer. September, 2018. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27274.

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  • Specialty: Pediatric Hospital Medicin

Board Certifications

Clinical Interests

  • Care of hospitalized children
  • Quality improvement
  • Patient safety

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