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Robert Shields, MD

216.444.5559

Robert Shields, MD
Department: Neuromuscular Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.5559
DeskDesk:216.444.5551
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Robert Shields, MD
Department: Neurology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.5559
DeskDesk:216.444.5551
WorkFax:216.445.4653
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Robert W. Shields Jr., MD, was named Head of the Autonomic Laboratory, Department of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic, in 2003. He has served as a Staff Neurologist since 1988. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, he held a variety of positions at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital (MetroHealth Medical Center), including Director of the Adult Muscular Dystrophy Association, Director of the EMG Laboratory, Acting Director of the Department of Neurology, and Acting Director, Neurology Residency Training Program. He has also held several medical school appointments at Case Western Reserve University, primarily as Assistant Professor of Neurology, and spent 10 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine.

His specialty interests include electromyography, neuromuscular disease and autonomic disorders. He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology with an added qualification in clinical neurophysiology, and in electrodiagnostic medicine; he is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

A Miami native, Dr. Shields graduated in 1970 from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1974. Dr. Shields served an internship in straight medicine at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital (MetroHealth Medical Center), where he was also a Junior Assistant Resident and Senior Assistant Resident in neurology, and completed his residency in neuropathology in 1978. Dr. Shields was also a Special Fellow in neurology, electromyography, at Cleveland Clinic in 1978 and a Clinical Fellow in muscular dystrophy at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital in 1978-1979.

Dr. Shields has been an investigator in more than 20 research projects. He is the author of several dozen journal articles, has contributed numerous chapters and reviews to various publications and is a frequent presenter at medical conferences around the world.

Dr. Shields is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Library Advisory Committee and has also been active with the Cleveland Medical Library Association and the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, Case Western Reserve University.
 

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Muscular Dystrophy
Cleveland, OH USA
1979
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Electromyography-VISITING
Cleveland, OH USA
1978
Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Neurological Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1978
Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA
1977
Internship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1975
Medical School - University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, FL USA
1974
Undergraduate - University of Miami Hospital
Coral Gables, FL USA
1970

Certifications

  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

autonomic disorders, autonomic nervous system diseases and testing, Electromyography, Neuromuscular diseases

Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Autonomic Society
  • Peripheral Nerve Association

Treatment & Services

  • Autonomic Nervous System Testing
  • Autonomic Reflex Test
  • Electromyography
  • Single Fiber EMG

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 8/12/2014, Dr. Shields has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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