Adrian Jaffer was born in Capetown, South Africa. He attended school at Christian Brother College. His medical school training was at the University of Capetown Medical School, South Africa and his first internship was at Groote Schurn Hospital. In 1969, he immigrated to the United States because of a strong opposition to apartheid.
Dr. Jaffer repeated his internship at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Illinois and then a residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago.
He started his fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard and came to California to complete it at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. In 1976, he went back to Northwestern to add another specialty in Rheumatology and went into practice in 1976 associated with Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Dr. Jaffer has practiced in this community since then in the specialties of Rheumatology and Allergy & Immunology. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the departments of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at UCSD and has actively taught the fellows in training for many years and continues to do so.
At Scripps Memorial Hospital, he was Chief of Medicine, then Chief of Staff. Dr. Jaffer has a special interest in bioethics, and headed the Bioethics Committee at Scripps Memorial for nearly 20 years - he continues to be involved in that aspect of healthcare. His personal philosophy is that the humanities are extremely important in the applications of technology to helping the sick and he has tried to maintain this balance through most of his career.
His hobbies include horseback riding, skiing and the usual So Cal compulsive exercising.