Department Neuromuscular Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Autonomic Nervous System Testing
  • Autonomic Reflex Test
  • Electromyography
  • Single Fiber EMG
View all 4 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Autoimmune/Inflammatory Polyneuropathy
  • Autonomic Nervous System Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (cidp)
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dysautonomia
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM)
  • Lambert-eaton Myasthenic Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Post-polio Syndrome
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Small Fiber Neuropathy
  • Syncope
View all 18 Specialties +


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About Robert Shields, MD

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 & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Muscular Dystrophy
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Neurological Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, FL USA

Undergraduate - University of Miami Hospital
Coral Gables, FL USA


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology

Specialty Interests

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

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 10/10/2017, 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* 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

89 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

39 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Would love to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

I've never had a doctor listen to me about my medical issues like Dr. Shields has.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Dr. Shields is an outstanding doctor. He is one of the best I have ever had.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Dr. Shields explains everything very thoroughly and respects my concerns. He listens and responds well to all of my questions

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr Shields was so very helpful and understanding with me to assist and study my situation and steer me in the direction needed.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Love Dr Shields- he is so caring and really makes you feel you are important to him.

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

always an outstanding experience with Dr. Shields

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

A very intelligent, thoughtful , care Doctor, I will truly be Lost if he retires permanently

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Very good doctor

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Dr Shields is always very professional, yet also caring to hear and understand what I am saying. He explains to me his thoughts re: best treatment for my medical issues.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

I have used a video visit before with another doctor at the Cleveland Clinic so am very comfortable using this method to visit with my doctors. I would not hesitate to recommend video visit service to others.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Dr. Shields is Superb

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Shields goes above and beyond!

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

best, most caring and professional doc I ever met.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Dr Shields went above and beyond with me. He was so kind and very patient with me. This is the first Dr since becoming ill who listened and explained my medical condition and what was happening.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

neurology department is great. Dr. Shields is amazing

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Dr Shields is an excellent doctor. He is very caring and very knowledgeable in his field. He makes sure that all of my questions are answered in a patient and thorough manner.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr. shields is outstanding

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Dr. Shields was outstanding. Worth the wait to see him.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

I wish more doctors were like Dr. Shields, he is kind, listens, cares, truthful. an amazing care giver. I drive 5 hours each way to see him. gladly.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr Shields listens and allows me to participate in my health care. He takes time to explain his thoughts re: my condition, his treatment recommendations and he asks if ihave questions

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

excellent care from Dr. Shields!

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr. Shields is an excellent care physician!!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I was seen by Dr. Shields, and everything was very good.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

love him as a doctor

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

loved Dr. Shields

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Excellent Dr.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

I understand Dr. Shields is working part time and I appreciate him seeing me but I waited 6 months for appointment

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Dr. Shields is a amazing doctor

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Dr Shields is always prepared when he comes into appointment and reviews your current other doctor visits results and has suggestions on new things to consider

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

I had to wait 6 months for an appointment with Dr. Shields, but I do feel that it was worth the wait!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

Both the nurse and Dr. Shields were phenomenal.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Very kind and professional doctor!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

totally awesome. answers all question no rush. wonderful and knowledable doctor

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

provider is excellent. but very difficult to get appointmentd

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

everyone was very nice and polite!! Dr. Shields took his time with me and addressed my questions and concerns with compassion!!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

He is an excellent doctor, answered all of our questions, and asked if we had any other concerns, even gave us his card! He is a tribute to the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

A doctor that knows his job and prefers it very well.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

l was happy with Dr Shields

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