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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

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 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)
  • Inflammatory Polyneuropathy
  • 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 19 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

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Neurological Surgery
Cleveland, OH

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Internship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

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

Undergraduate - University of Miami Hospital
Coral Gables, FL


  • 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

36 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Shield's is excellent, extremely knowledgeable, and also compassionate.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

I have been seeing Dr Shields for a number of years to treat my mycenia gravis. He has been nothing but supportive and concerned of my progress from the beginning. I have been in remission for a cooke of years now , I get the same care and concern twice a year now. I have nothing but admiration for his care.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr Shields is a wonderful doctor and I always feel he's very attentive and caring regarding my health issues for both myself and my husband.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr. Shields is a wonderful and caring physician. I feel lucky to have found him and to have him managing my care.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Shields is superb! Tremendous skill, excellent knowledge, superb courtesy, and patient care. I have many many physicians actually over 20 and Dr. Scheels is tops!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Excellent physician with great listening skills and empathy.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Excellent provider.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr Shields is extremely knowledgeable and always very caring

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr. Shields takes a real interest in the success of his patients. He answered my questions and is always thorough in his testing and prognosis.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr. Shield's is excellent, extremely knowledgeable and skilled, wonderful compassion for his patients.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr. Shields is an amazing doctor. He is so knowledgeable and kind.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr. Shields is so informative and courteous.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr. Shield is one of, if not the best, doctor I have, and have ever had. Having many health issues, including kidney transplant, heart surgery, in additional to neuromuscular disorders, and many more; I'm seen by over a dozen doctors. Dr. Shield is excellent! He so very skilled in diagnosing, and tracking down the cause of my medical problems, very effective in determining the best treatment. He is diligent, persistent, extremely knowledgeable along with having such a caring, wonderful, compassionate personality.Dr. Shields is the main reason I tell other people to go to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

Dr. Robert Shields is an excellent care provider in all aspects, very compassionate, caring, knowledgeable and friendly.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Excellent Doctor

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