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

  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthobiologics
  • Peripheral Joint Injections
  • Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
  • Prolotherapy
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Spinal Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bursitis
  • 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
View all 17 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 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


  • 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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As of 7/31/2017, 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

207 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 5
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

Dr. Schaefer and his nurse Iva are the best

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2018

Always answered my questions on My Chart very quickly. Has done everything possible to diagnose my problem. He is a very good doctor and cares about his patients!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2018

can't get appt with doctor in time so have to see PA Instead why is that

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018

Overall, an excellent experience...Dr. Schaefer is the consummate professional. He was extremely considerate, thorough and exact in his examination and diagnosis of my problem. The Cleveland Clinic is very fortunate to have a person of this caliber on their staff. He has made himself immediately available to me, in the event I have a problem. As a patient, this is extremely reassuring!

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018

Dr. Schaefer was very explicit in his overall remarks. He was very clear in communicating with me.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018

for the first time i felt heard and cared about that my life and my illness needs to be taken care of. he is a great doctor

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018

outstanding doctor, very pleasant and courteous, hope to see again in the future.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2018

Dr. Schafer was recommended to me by my best friend. He is a wonderful physician. Caring, gentle and very good at explaining what he is doing. I would recommend him to anybody who is seeking an orthopedic physician.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2018

Dr. Schaefer found time to get me in for an injection prior to a long trip

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2018

My injury is about 30 years old. I have never had a care provider better than Dr. Michael Schaefer. He truly treats me with respect. As a human being, and as a patient. He educates me as well as listens and makes very logical comments or recommendations based on my opinions. my condition is life-long and I hope he will be around, and one of my doctors for The Eternity of this condition.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2018

Together we came up with a plan.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2018

No problems, good direction.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2018

patient centered care allowed me to have a say in my care

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2018

dr.schaefer and his assistant were great he was very nice and caring about my meds the treatment and follow up very very good caring doctor thank you !!!!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2018

very nice and clean worked together great

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2018

They were very good about care for my arm.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2017

felt well informed and was good experience finally felt like maybe I have hope to find the problem

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2017

the Dr was fantasic. he's the best Cle Clinic dr I have visited.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2017

*Dr. Schaefer is excellent! He explains treatment options extremely well & always knows my records/history. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017

Great experience with this doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2017

Dr. Michael Schaefer is one of the best doctors at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2017

The Doctor and the office staff went out of their way to help me locate a surgeon for my elbow problem.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2017

dr.schaefer is very caring and talked to me about my meds and follow up visit

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2017

He tried more shots, which have not helped in the past, and again did not help this time. I asked him instead of waiting 6 weeks, if we could get a CT Scan now and he agreed. I'm glad he's able to move this along and not make me wait.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2017

I couldn't ask for a better Orthopedic Doc. I really like the wayDr. Schaefer takes time to listen to all my multiple complaints and takes them one at a time. I also feel he knows just what I need and just how to treat me. I really like Dr. Schaefer's calmness and kindness. I feel I can ask Dr. Schaefer any medical question regarding my condition without him being upset or ignoring me.

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