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Robert Gillespie, MD

Robert Gillespie, MD



320 Ratings 11 Reviews


Orthopedic Shoulder Surgery, Orthopedic Elbow Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

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  • Associate Professor

Robert J. Gillespie, MD is an orthopedic surgeon in the University Hospitals Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is the Michael and Grace Drusinsky Chair in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He is chief of shoulder and elbow surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and is the associate program director for the orthopedic surgery residency program at UH. He is an assistant professor in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gillespie is a board-certified, fellowship-trained shoulder and elbow surgeon who specializes in the treatment of all conditions of the shoulder and elbow, including minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques in the shoulder and elbow, shoulder and elbow replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, and fracture care of the shoulder and elbow.

Dr. Gillespie is a graduate of Middlebury College and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his orthopedic residency at UH and Metrohealth Medical Center. He then completed a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the internationally renowned Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He joined UH in 2011. He is an associate member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, the most prestigious society for shoulder and elbow surgeons in the world.

Dr. Gillespie has published more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters and has presented over 40 times at national and international meetings, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) and European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (SECEC). In 2015, he was the principle investigator on a paper that was awarded the Charles S. Neer Award which is the most prestigious award for research given to a shoulder and elbow surgeon. He has been the co-chair for the Ohio Shoulder and Elbow Society for the last five years. He is a reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics Related Research and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He has also been the co-investigator on numerous federally funded grants, most recently examining novel techniques for the treatment of irreparable tendon injuries.


  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Athletic Injuries to Shoulder and Elbow
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Fracture Care
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Instability Surgery
  • Shoulder Replacement


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Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

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University Suburban Health Center

1611 S Green Rd
South Euclid OH, 44121

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UH Ahuja Medical Center

1000 Auburn Dr
Beachwood OH, 44122

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UH Mayfield Health Center Orthopedics

730 Som Center Rd
Mayfield OH, 44143

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UH Westlake Health Center

960 Clague Rd
Westlake OH, 44145

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UH Mentor Health Center

9000 Mentor Ave
Mentor OH, 44060

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

4.8 out of 5

320 Ratings

Patient Comments (11)

Reviewed On 1/1/2019
My experience with the provider was excellent.

Reviewed On 12/31/2018
having never met Dr. Gillespie prior to this appointment I was truly thankful he had been recommended as a potential surgeon. I felt comfortable with the staff and the doctor and would highly recommend him to friends and family.

Reviewed On 12/30/2018
I have completed confidence in Dr. Gillespie

Reviewed On 12/28/2018
Dr. Gillespie is always courteous and pleasant to treat my medical condition. He is respectful and kind. I can easily engage his confidence and I trust his care for my condition.

Reviewed On 12/28/2018
I did not wait more than 15 minutes. Dr Gillespie is terrific.

Reviewed On 12/27/2018
excellent care, patient & kind

Reviewed On 12/25/2018
Dr Gillespie is great.

Reviewed On 12/19/2018
extraordinary doctor

Reviewed On 12/17/2018
Dr. Gillespie was excellent. This was my first time visit. He took the time to listen to my concerns, provided a plan of care, with teaching about exercises. He was very patient and professional. Thank you!

Reviewed On 12/15/2018
Dr Gillespie had reviewed my medical history from a visit to him 3 years prior, thoughtfully listened to my concerns and developed a clear and appropriate action plan to treat my condition. I will recommend him to family/friends. His medical assistant and front desk staff were courteous and helpful.

Reviewed On 12/11/2018
Probably best shoulder surgeon in Cleveland.

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Fellowship | Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Shoulder and Elbow Surgery - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (2010 - 2011)

Residency | Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Uh Case Medical Center (2006 - 2010)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (2005 - 2006)

Medical Education
Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University (2005)

Middlebury College (2000)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Robert Gillespie disclosed the following Outside Relationships with Industry:

  • - Don Joy Orthopaedics - Consulting payments
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