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Robert Gillespie, MD

Robert Gillespie, MD

Ratings

(4.8)

368 Ratings 72 Reviews

Specialty

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgery, Orthopedic Elbow Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

Accepting New Patients

Primary Location

UH Ahuja Medical Center
1000 Auburn Dr
Beachwood, OH 44122

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First Available: Monday, Nov 2

216-844-7200

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Biography

  • Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Chief, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, UH Cleveland Medical Center

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; the chief of shoulder and elbow surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; the program director for the orthopedic surgery residency program at UH; and an associate 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 University Hospitals and Metrohealth Medical Center and went on to complete a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the internationally renowned Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He joined UH in 2011 and is a 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 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters and has presented over 50 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 served as co-chair for the Ohio Shoulder and Elbow Society and 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.

Expertise

  • 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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Languages Spoken

English

Office Locations

UH Ahuja Medical Center

1000 Auburn Dr
Beachwood OH, 44122
216-844-7200

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UH Ahuja Medical Center

1000 Auburn Dr
Beachwood OH, 44122
216-844-7200

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UH Mayfield Health Center Orthopedics

730 Som Center Rd
Mayfield OH, 44143
216-844-7200

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UH Westlake Health Center

960 Clague Rd
Westlake OH, 44145
216-844-7200

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

4.8 out of 5

368 Ratings

Patient Comments (72)

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr. Gillespie is an excellent provider. I enjoy working with him.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
excellent

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Doctor Gillespie and *** were very nice and informative.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr Gillespie is the Beau Ideal of clinicians. Bravo!

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr. Gillespie is a awesome Surgeon there have been times where we had disagreed with one another and we had always managed to work out the problem and come up with a solution!

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr .Gillespie was wonderful

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
During my visit to Dr. Gillespie I felt very comfortable with University Hospitals procedures during the current Pandemic.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
good

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
great visit

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
It was a pleasant, efficient, helpful experience.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Dr. Gillespie was excellent

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Dr. Gillespie is an excellent physician and always answers that I have

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
As always Dr. Gillespie goes above and beyond in delivering amazing medical care. I think more than anything I needed reassurance that I would continue my recovery from a reverse shoulder replacement. My recovery has been slower, and I've been discouraged. Dr. Gillespie listened to me, answered my questions, examined my shoulder, and reassured me that with time, and continued PT I would slowly achieve my goals.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
dr Gillespie always explains throughly your options

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
always great care with my uh doctors.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
best UH doctor I've ever had

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
I have the upmost confidence in Dr. Gillespie and highly recommend them to anyone that I know

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Excellent care.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
good

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
very good and professional.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
I always appreciate Dr Gillespie. ***

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
My first visit with Dr. Gillespie- was very impressed with him and his knowledge and courtesy. I would highly recommend him to family and friends. He is a Orthopedic shoulder Dr.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
good and caring doctor! All of UH is a good hospital of care!

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
love this special Doctor

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
Dr. Gillespie is excellent

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
Dr. Gillespie is very personable and professional. I go to him for shoulder pain which comes up a couple times a year.

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
I have seen Dr. Gillespie for years and will not see anyone else. He is great!!

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
I respect and value Dr. Gillespie and his staff, they take very good care of me.

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
*** Dr. Gillespie runs a good operation. More than satisfied with my care

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
This is a great provider and his staff is always lovely

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Dr. Gillespie is an awesome doctor. I have been a patient for several years and won't see anyone else.

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Dr. Gillespie is excellent. ***

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
excellent provider and visit

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
*** The doctor was very professional and helpful.

Reviewed On 3/23/2020
Dr Gilliepie: is the epitome of a great MD! I have recommend him to many and will continue to do so!

Reviewed On 3/22/2020
This is a doctor with unusual expertise and a fabulous bedside manner.

Reviewed On 3/21/2020
Dr. Gillespie does a great job I would highly recommend them to anyone ***

Reviewed On 3/16/2020
very direct, very good service explained my issue clearly and recommended further action

Reviewed On 3/9/2020
Dr Gillespie is an excellent shoulder surgeon and gives excellent follow up care.

Reviewed On 3/9/2020
I felt rushed off . when I asked questions he answered as he was walking out the door

Reviewed On 3/8/2020
Dr. Gillespi is a very caring and compassionate physician who took the time to explain, examine and treat my shoulder pain.

Reviewed On 3/8/2020
Dr Gillespie is the best dr

Reviewed On 3/7/2020
LOVE Dr Gillespie!! The absolute best.

Reviewed On 3/2/2020
I had to wait one hour to be seen without the staff proactively informing me of the delay. However, after finally seeing the physician I am happy about the care I received.

Reviewed On 3/2/2020
Doctor is excellent but over worked as delays in office are beyond the pale....

Reviewed On 3/1/2020
Provider is excellent but waited 1+ hour after the scheduled time for the appointment and the office staff did not advise, offer an excuse and were just silent. ***

Reviewed On 2/19/2020
I am very pleased with my current providers. They are very caring and concerned about my physical and mental well being, very patient and thorough. I would and have recommended them to others.

Reviewed On 2/7/2020
Dr. Gillespie meets all criteria for an excellent provider [...]! He is patient, kind, helpful, professional, knowledgeable and listens to what you have to say!

Reviewed On 2/6/2020
I saw Dr. Gillespie Edie follow up care for a total reverse shoulder replacement surgery [...].I had concerns with residual neck, shoulder, and scapula pain. Dr Gillespie examined my incision, checked my range of motion(I was doing my PT at home). we discussed that I needed to come to the Westlake facility for more aggressive therapy. Gr Gillespie could not have been more supportive or encouraging that with time I would make a complete recovery. This is the 2nd shoulder that Dr. Gillespie has performed for me. My left shoulder was done almost 4 years ago. He is the best, as is [...], and the entire staff.

Reviewed On 2/3/2020
Highly competent, professional, friendly provider.

Reviewed On 1/26/2020
Dr Gillespie is a delight to work with but as 1 1/2 he wait is far too long

Reviewed On 1/26/2020
this Doctor was very good & exceeded my expectations.

Reviewed On 1/24/2020
Quite impressed with Dr.Gillispe,very knowledgeable about my shoulder and I toldly agreed with the treatment he recommended.

Reviewed On 1/18/2020
Excellent Dr but always wait a hour or more.

Reviewed On 1/15/2020
As usual, UH is the best! thanks for all u do and for care and service WE ALL get from this institution!

Reviewed On 1/13/2020
I did not get the straight forward answers I usually get from the Dr

Reviewed On 1/13/2020
tHIS DOCTOR IS THE BEST i HAVE VISITED AT UH

Reviewed On 1/12/2020
the provider was fine.[...] this provider was overbooked. not that he was running late we were told at the start of the session he would be 30 to 40 minuites delayed, and we could reschedule if we wanted to. easier said than done. this was a scheduling issue.

Reviewed On 1/12/2020
great experience

Reviewed On 1/11/2020
very happy with Dr. & staff

Reviewed On 12/22/2019
HE WAS PATIENT AND GOOD BEDSIDE MANNER

Reviewed On 12/14/2019
excellence

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
Excellent doctor. Great knowledge of his job. very professional.

Reviewed On 11/15/2019
Dr. was very thorough

Reviewed On 11/15/2019
I saw Dr. Gillespie to sign by surgical consent for a 2nd total shoulder replacement. Dr Gillespie gave me the results of my CT scan. I would not want anyone other than Dr. Gillespie to do my surgery. He is a technically superior surgeon, but also a kind, caring and compassionate physician. Those 2 traits certainly don't always present themselves together. while I'm certainly not looking forward to having surgery again, I feel very secure with Dr. Gillespie.

Reviewed On 11/15/2019
experience good with this Dr.

Reviewed On 11/14/2019
I am very satisfied with the immediate response to my request for treatment and the that of the provider.

Reviewed On 11/10/2019
Dr G is a UH superstar

Reviewed On 11/3/2019
I liked Dr. G. He did a very nice job and I'm satisfied with the quality of his work. [...]

Reviewed On 11/3/2019
good

Reviewed On 11/3/2019
This provider is an excellent physician. [...]

Reviewed On 11/2/2019
Dr. Gillespie was very apologetic for my wait time and completely made up for it with his thorough care with me. I've seen him many, many times over the last 2 years and I don't believe he's ever run late before. Both his medical care and his bedside manner always exceeds my expectations, [...]

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education

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)

Undergraduate
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.

View UH’s policy (PDF) on practitioner-industry relationships.

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

  • - Don Joy Orthopaedics - Consulting payments
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