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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.5559
Desk:
216.444.5551
Fax:
216.445.4653

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 +
Insurance

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Biography

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

Appointed
1988

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Muscular Dystrophy
Cleveland, OH USA
1979

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Neurological Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1978

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Electromyography-VISITING
Cleveland, OH USA
1978

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA
1977

Internship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1975

Medical Education - University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, FL USA
1974

Undergraduate - University of Miami Hospital
Coral Gables, FL USA
1970

Certifications

  • 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

112 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

34 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr. Sheilds is amazing! he has an amazing wealth of knowledge on my condition and was able to pinpoint my issues and addressed how we would work to alleviate my symptoms as much as possible.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Dr. Shields is always very respectful and listens carefully which leads him to appropriately address the problem. He is the only neurologist I have seen who embodies all the qualities a physician should have and was included in training in the past and is not today. Neurology is one of the "thinking" professions and requires this along with a careful exam to help determine what if any testing is required to help confirm or arrive at a diagnosis. I am very appreciative of his skill and expertise. He is very patient and does not interrupt so he is able to efficiently gather the essential information.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

I cannot say enough positive words about my experiences as a patient with Dr. Shields. I have not and cannot get the level of care which he provides elsewhere. I am very glad I have the privilege of being his patient.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Dr. Shields is a wonderful doctor. He is very helpfull! I feel so lucky that he kept my case as he is slowed down his schedule! I have several doctors and if I had to rank them Dr. Shields is right at the top.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Dr. Shields is excellent. I have numerous medical issues and have many doctors, Dr. Shields is one of the very best! Highly skilled, extremely knowledgeable, successfully provides best care possible. He has a positive impact on my health.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Dr. Shields was amazing! He knew my concerns before I even brought them up. He had a plan of action to help me. He spent time with me and I never felt rushed or pushed out the door. I am so grateful to Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Shields for taking such good care of me.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

"Degree to which the provider cared for you as a person." Dr. Shields is one of the kindest, most caring people I've encountered. He sincerely cheers for my progress. In contrast, I see true concern when I decline a bit.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Dr Shields is a wonderful doctor and always makes me feel like he's really listening and working with me to come up with the best treatment options!!

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr Shields never rushes me. He takes time to explain things and he listens to me and it makes me feel like I matter. I have a condition that is not common so it feels good to have someone devote their attention to me when I finally get into my appointment

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Shields is an extremely caring Doctor who takes time to listen to and address every one of my concerns.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

great working with Dr Shields takes time to explane things

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

all good. I love Dr. Sheilds

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

I really love Dr. Shields!! Back in 2003 Cleveland Clinic saved my life and I was lucky to have Dr. Shields as part of that.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

After waiting longer then 15 minutes after my scheduled appointment I went up to the desk and asked about it and was told my check-in was at 10:40 and my appointment was 11. My appointment was at 10:40. I was told Dr. Shields was running behind and we waited a long time after that before I was called back. Dr. Shields did apologize for the long wait.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Dr. Robert Shields is excellent, he is thorough, highly skilled, extremely knowledgeable, and explains things in a manner I can understand.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Dr. Shields is an outstanding example of what a Doctor should be like.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr. Shields is one of the best doctors i know.He is one of the best doctors I have ever met.He is very smart,caring and professional.He is excellent clinicly. He cares about his patients.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Dr. Shields is always very caring, explains all information thoroughly, takes time to listen to my concerns, answers my questions and gives me an active role in my care. Dr. Shields is very bright and thorough!

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Dr. Shields is always very courteous and respectful and answers questions. He will discuss diagnostic and treatment options involving me in the process.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

very good, Dr. Shields was very thorough in addressing my concerns. It is very comforting to be under his care.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

excellent care provider

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr Shields is an awesome doctor. he listens attentively and is concerned about my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

The continuity of care from the nurse to the Dr. to the NP who offered education afterward was wonderful and swift.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

I faxed in an emg from 1 year ago the day after the appt., as requested by provider, and asked to receive feedback. i was called to make appt. for new emg April 2019 if previous one did not have enough information, which had been discussed with Dr. Shields at my appt., but hoped there would be some comment or notation either in MyChart or by phone regarding thie previous emg.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2018

Dr Shields has helped me to get the issue I have been having in my legs and feet under control. he is very knowledgeable and professional. Thank you for having caring doctors such as Dr Shields.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2018

Dr. Shields is an excellent neurologist and I highly recommend him to anyone. He takes his time to answer all of your questions and he really seems to want to help you to feel better. He genuinely seems to care about his patients. You couldn't ask for a better neurologist! He is excellent!

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2018

Dr. Shields is amazing! He really makes sure to explain everything to make sure you know exactly what you need to do.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

This was my first visit to the clinic. I was very impressed with the facility. Although my first time the doctor did do something that most of my doctors do not do, he actually exammened me.

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