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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 +
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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

  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology

Specialty Interests

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

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Robert Shields, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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

84 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

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Exceptional Dr.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Dr. Shield is excellent. I had several physicians before him and none of them diagnosed my illness correctly.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Dr. Shields is a GENIUS in his field. He knows what the latest treatments are and explains them in a way anyone could understand.He is a magnificent doctor because he LISTENS to his patients until we're finished and asks questions based on what he just heard or read. He's genuinely concerned about his patients and wants desperately to see us as healthy as possible. He constantly looks for new treatments that will help us, his patience when I've been tired and a little slow to catch on has been beyond what I've experienced in other doctors - not at Cleveland - who are filled with themselves and take great offense if they are questioned on anything. I'm very grateful to have a doctor of a high caliber like Dr. Shields.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Dr Shields is patient, calm and seems to care during conversations

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Dr. Shields is an excellent doctor, very knowledgable and very personable and kind.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

really like Dr. Shields. excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

he is the best doctor I ever had

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

he may be the doc to save me after 8 years of undiagnosed suffering

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Difficulty connecting with doctor at appointed time. Other appointments worked fine.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Shields had a same day video appointment available which was a relief and very convenient.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Shields is by far the best doctor I have ever seen.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr Shields is always thorough and caring.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

The continuity of care since initial diagnosis of chronic illnesses five years ago is important to me. I feel I can trust Dr. Shields. This video appointment was good for during pandemic.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

everyone was friendly and helpful in setting up the appointment with Dr. Shields.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

This was my first virtual meeting with Dr. Shields as a regular follow-up appointment..he is friendly and is genuinely concerned about my health.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Dr Shields had always heard and respected my thoughts

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Dr. Shield as is CCF Simply the Best

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Dr. Shields is a good doctor we like him

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

For the first time in my 10 month journey I feel that Dr. Shields is going to find out what is wrong with me and help the quality of my life. He made me feel hopeful and encouraged.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

I am very happy to have Dr. Shields as our Neurologist.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Dr. Shields is one of the Very Best! He is extremely knowledgeable, skilled, and also kind and compassionate with excellent communication skill. He cares about his patients quality of life.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

He seems to be a caring physician. He spent ample time with me during a virtual visit. We shall see if he's able to figure out what is wrong with me. Hopeful.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Dr. Shields is the best doctor I have ever had and continues to be each time I see him

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

They don't make Dr. like Dr. Shields anymore!

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.

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