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

Undergraduate - University of Miami Hospital
Coral Gables, FL USA


  • 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

115 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

20 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

Dr. Shields is the best doctor i have ever seen. I appreciate the courtesy of the reception staff and the minimal amount of time I have to wait.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2018

dr Shields is very thorough, friendly, patient and caring!

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018

i really apreciated Dr Shields getting me in so quickly and not making me wait until next apt 2 months away. id not been doing well for a month & needed to be seen.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018

Dr. Shields is one of the best doctors I have seen.I wish you can hire more doctors like him.He is a very caring doctor , he is very professional, and mostly he is a very bright doctor..

Reviewed on May 10, 2018

Dr. Shields has great competence in my disorder. He listened and made sure I had input on what the care plan was and what options I had. Excellent.

Reviewed on May 8, 2018

my care is always excellent with Dr.Shields.

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