Michael Schaefer, MD

Department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No

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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
  • Prolotherapy
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Spinal Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
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About Michael Schaefer, MD

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.
Education & Professional Highlights

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
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

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

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

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


  • 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

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/2/2016, Dr. Schaefer 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

149 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2017

Dr. Schaefer provided me with the options that I had in the treatment of my back in a clear and concise manner that was easy for me to understand.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2017

I started seeing him 8-1/2 years ago when he was with University Hospital..... you got a great steal...

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2017

clear, helpful, timely

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2017

Dr. Schaefer is a great communicate and listener and explains in terms that are easily understood.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2016

very informative

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2016

He is the best and most knowledgeable

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2016

Very good

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