Treatment & Services
- Joint Injections
- Joint Preservation Center
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
- Peripheral Joint Injections
- Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
- Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
- Regenerative Medicine
- Rehabilitation Services
- Spinal Injections
- Ultrasound-guided Procedures
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Arthritis Of The Knee
- Back Pain in Athletes
- Hallux Rigidus
- Hip Labral Tears
- Hip Pain
- Internal Derangement of the Knee
- Knee Injuries
- Knee Pain
- Muscle Injuries
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Pain
- Shoulder Problems
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Sports Injuries
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Education & Professional Highlights
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
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
- 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
- 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
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Sports Medicine
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
- CWRU / MetroHealth Residency Teacher of the Year Award for 2006, 2008, 2009
- 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
Research & Publications
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179 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.9|
|Knows Medical History||4.8|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.8|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.8|
24 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019
Dr. Schaefer is compassionate and caring about my medical health at every visit. I am very grateful as he has truly shows concern and care.
Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019
Dr. Schaefer shows an extreme level of focus and thoughtfulness, which gives the patient confidence.
Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
dr schaefer is one of the best, smartest and most compassionate providers available.
Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019
dr. Michael Schaefer and his staff are excellent and go above and beyond during my visit.
Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019
Dr. Schaefer is an excellent doctor. He answered my questions thoroughly and took care of everything right away for me. I am lucky to have a doctor like him.
Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019
Dr. Schaefer is very kind and really cares about the patient. He is particular about giving great care.
Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019
dr.schaefer is very good and caring and would recommend him to anyone thank you.....
Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019
Very concerned for my health, holistically and physically. I appreciated Dr. Schaefer's deep concern to help me get well and get the medical care I needed.
Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019
Dr was very helpful and easy to talk to
Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018
Dr. Schaefer truly cares about me and getting back to athletics
Reviewed on Nov 21, 2018
i was impressed by Dr. Schaefer's use of a Fellow to take electronic notes during my appointment, thereby allowing Dr. Schaefer to have eye-to-eye contact with me through the entire appointment. The notes that subsequently were on line for me to see indicated that Dr. Schaefer had read, edited and approved the notes, making them as reliable as possible. This is an excellent way of handling electronic records during medical appointments. - Also, Dr. Schaefer has been very accessible in answering questions I posted on My Chart following the appointment. All-in-all I have been very happy with Dr. Schaefer.
Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018
Dr. Schaefer spent a lot of time with me and took an interest in my problems and situation. his staff, I guess fellows were very good and nice to me. really tried with me and I have a complicated problem. give them all a raise.
Reviewed on Oct 15, 2018
Best doctor I have ever seen in my life. Has helped me with every issue I have moreso than my other doctors/specialists. Dr. Sheaffer is amazing!
Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018
dr Schaefer always listens to me and finds the best way to help me
Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018
Very good experience. Doctor took the time to understand my issue, and Good me in the right path to healing.
Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018
I find Dr. Schafer to be a knowledgeable, caring doctor who has listened to me and my concerns and who had given excellent advice and treatment.
Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018
dr scheafer is one of the great ones
Reviewed on Jul 25, 2018
Dr. Schaefer is a wonderful doctor, listens and answers your questions. I highly recommend him to everyone I know.
Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018
Dr. Schaeffer is one of my favorite physicians. One who is truly caring, takes his time and truly explains things. He gets back to me immediately through my chart as well.
Reviewed on Jun 20, 2018
dr shaefer is great!!! understands my concerns and answers my questions I feel I'm not in excellent hands I highly recommend him!!
Reviewed on Jun 8, 2018
THE REASON FOR MY MAKING THIS APPOINTMENT WAS TWO FOLD: TO ADDRESS A REFERRED PAIN RT SHOULDER ISSUE COUPLED WIT A RELATED DEVELOPING RT. ARM ISSUE (THE PHYSICIAN'S RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THESE ISSUES WAS TO, "KEEP ON DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING.", MEANING TO CONTINUE MY CURRENT EXERCISE REGIMEN. THIS WAS USELESS ADVISE BECAUSE THAT REGIMEN WAS NOT, AND IS NOT MITIGATING THE PROGRESSION OF MY SYMPTOMS.); THE SECOND REASON FOR THE VISIT WAS TO DISCUSS MY PECTUS EXCAVATUM AND ITS COMPLEX EFFECTS ON MY PHYSICAL HEALTH. HE HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO ME IN THAT REGARD, EVEN THOUGH IT IS OUT OF THE AREA OF HIS EXPERTISE. UNFORTUNATELY, HE WAS PRESSED FOR TIME AND APPEARED TO BELIEVE HE COULD BE OF NO FURTHER USE TO ME IN THAT AREA OF CONCERN. LARGELY BECAUSE OF HIS APPEARENT DEMEANER AND HIS LACK OF HELPFULLNESS WITH REGARD TO MY RT. SHOULDER AND ARM, I SURMISED THAT HE CONSIDERED MY VISIT FRIVOLOUS AND TOTALLY UNWARRANTED, A SUBJECTIVE IMPRESSION, OF COURSE, BUT IT IS A STRONGLY HELD ONE. MY TIME AND EFFORT IN PREPARING FOR THAT VISIT WAS FAR GREATER THAN THE ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEM OR APPARENT CONCERN FOR AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO ITS RESOLUTION. i WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE USING THAT PHYSICIAN AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.
Reviewed on Jun 1, 2018
I always text Dr. Schaffer and always get a quick response on or off hours, even on the weekends!
Reviewed on May 25, 2018
Dr. Schaefer and his nurse Iva are the best
Reviewed on May 23, 2018
Dr. Schaefer is so busy, a re- check on a knee injury takes almost two months.
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