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Michael Schaefer, MD


Michael Schaefer, MD
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A41
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Michael Schaefer, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Musculoskeletal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A41
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Michael Schaefer, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Musculoskeletal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Location: Westlake Medical Campus Building A
Mail Code A41
850 Columbia Road
Westlake, OH 44145
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Schaefer joined the staff in 2010 as Director of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, with a joint appointment in the Neurological and the Orthopedic and Rheumatological Institutes. He practices at the Main Campus and the CCF-Westlake location. He has fellowship training in Sports Medicine (Mayo Clinic) and board certification in PM&R and Sports Medicine and has certification in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. He specializes in treating musculoskeletal injuries and performs both ultrasound-guided and fluoroscopically (x-ray) guided injections. He enjoys teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, and frequently gives lectures and seminars to national audiences.

Professional Highlights

  • MetroHealth/CWRU PM&R Chair Award for Teaching 2006, 2008
  • MetroHealth/CWRU PM&R Chair Award for Clinical Care 2008
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Director of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 2010-present

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Physiatric Sports Medicine
Rochester, MN USA
Residency - Mayo Clinic
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rochester, MN USA
Internship - Riverside Methodist Hospital
Preliminary Medicine
Columbus, OH USA
Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA


  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation- Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Musculoskeletal medicine, joint pains, ultrasound-guided and fluoroscopic guided injections, viscosupplement injections, sports medicine, medical education

Awards & Honors

  • Case School of Engineering - Kent Hale Smith Award 1994
  • Case School of Engineering - Mark Berstein Award 1994
  • Ohio State University Outstanding Student in PM&R 1998
  • Mayo Clinic Dept of PM&R Chief Resident 2002
  • Cleveland Magazine's Top Doctors Award 2009, 2010
  • CWRU Residency Teacher of the Year Award 2006, 2008, 2009

Additional Training

  • International Spinal Intervention Society Phase 1 Lumbar injection course 2004
  • International Spinal Intervention Society Phase 3 Cervical injection course 2006
  • AIUM Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course 2008
  • AAPMR Ultrasound Course 2009
  • Gulf Coast Advance Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course 2012
  • Cleveland Clinic Ultrasound Workshop/Course - (Served as Course Director) 2013-Present


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Association of Academic Psychiatrists
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Spinal Intervention Society
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 

Treatment & Services

  • Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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