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

Treatment & Services

  • Facet Median Nerve Branch Block
  • Facet Nerve Block
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Lumbar Epidural Injections
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthobiologics
  • Peripheral Joint Injections
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulators
  • Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
  • Prolotherapy
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Spinal Injections
  • Ultrasonic Percutaneous Tenotomy
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Bursa Tendon Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 24 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bursitis
  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Heel Spurs
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Hip Pain
  • Internal Derangement of the Knee
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
View all 22 Specialties +


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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 is an Associate Professor of Medicine in CCLCM/CWRU.   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 Education - 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


  • 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 
  • 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

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

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. 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, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 8/14/2018, 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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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

205 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.

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

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

Dr Schaefer is a good listener. I feel that he is very sincere in trying to help me work through my health issues. I would recommend him to anyone. He follows up with needed communication to me after my visits.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

very good experience with Dr. Schaefer.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Dr. Schaefer was excellent. He explained the issues I was having and listened to my concerns. He was very instructive with ways to alleviate my symptoms.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Dr.Schaefer was excellent. He listened to my concerns and had given me options on how to proceed with my issues. Excellent care provider!!!

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Dr Schaefer is the best!

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Dr. Schaefer is the most compassionate doctor I have had care for me~ so very grateful for him, and thankful.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Dr. Schaefer was very good. He actually told me about a drug for my problem that he's received better results from than the one that I was there to question him about.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

I experienced doctor as both caring, knowledgeable as provider and as teaching physician with residents.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

I have recommended Michael Schaefer MD to many. He has been caring for me for 6 years and is very tuned into my concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

dr. schaefer is always awesome. his new resident was too

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

very good experience! Dr was very kind, professional and helpful I was very impressed with jhid bedside manner right from the moment I entered the room! highly recommend him!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

great physician. first time I he doctor really listened.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

Dr. Schaefer is Very understanding and professional .. I'm in good hands there.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

I have received courteous and excellent service from everyone from the scheduler and Dr. Schaeferhimself.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

I was impressed with Dr. S explaining different options

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Dr. Schaefer is great!

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Tim and Dr. Schaefer make a great team!

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

I have been a CCF patient for many years and not always happy with how Ibwas treated. This doctor and his staff far exceeded my expectations. he took all the time I needed. very thorough. compassionate. this is how all CCF offices should operate.

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr Schaefer truly cares and explains the procedure. I would trust him with any procedure and would and have recommended him

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

this was the best ortho experience I have had. both dr Schafer and the fellow listened to me, asked appropriate questions, addressed my concerns. they have me good explanation of my problem and options for treatment. I am a fan

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr. Schaefer is the best!

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 Apr 5, 2019

Dr. Schaefer always goes above and beyond for his patients. the best Dr. that I have had to date.

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.

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