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Robert Gillespie, MD

Robert Gillespie, MD



313 Ratings 79 Reviews


Orthopedic Shoulder Surgery, Orthopedic Elbow Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

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  • 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.


  • 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

313 Ratings

Patient Comments (79)

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
this Doctor was very good & exceeded my expectations.

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 1/24/2020
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

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

Reviewed On 1/12/2020
great experience

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

Reviewed On 12/22/2019

Reviewed On 12/14/2019

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
This provider is an excellent physician. [...]

Reviewed On 11/3/2019

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, [...]

Reviewed On 10/27/2019
Dr Gillespie is the best. He always explains everything to me. He is so kind. and very professional always before I leave he ask me if I had more question he could help me with. I have never had a problem with anyone in his office. the office staff is always so kind they always have a smile on their faces.

Reviewed On 10/27/2019
[...] I probably waited there for about 10-15 minutes before Dr. Gillespie entered the exam room.He apologized for the wait time. Since pretty much the same thing had happened the previous time, we discussed it. I asked him if he could recommend a doctor closer to my home, as seeing him was a 45 minute drive for me under the best of traffic conditions and at leased the same going home plus the time spent in his office. This amount of time was considerable, and I thought seeing someone closer to home might work out better. He told me that he was sure he could find me someone closer to my home, understanding the amount of time my visits to him were taking. He also asked if I would consider coming back to his office, if he could make it a less time consuming experience. I've made another appointment with his office, and we will see. I appreciate the concern by him of the amount of time it was taking for me to see him, and working with me to find a solution. I really hope it is successful. The solution was to be the first appointment in the afternoon. I hope this works for both of us, as I really like Dr. Gillespie and the care he has given to me.

Reviewed On 10/22/2019
Dr Gillespie is an amazing and caring Dr and I am so glad he was referred to me.

Reviewed On 10/21/2019
Dr. Gillespie is a great Dr. The only negative is that the wait time once you're there for your appointment is quite long.

Reviewed On 10/21/2019
Dr. Gillespie is fantastic!

Reviewed On 10/15/2019

Reviewed On 10/15/2019
excellent bed side manner. Made me feel very comfortable.

Reviewed On 10/9/2019
Dr. Gillespie is very knowledgeable and puts you at ease when talking to you about the purpose for which you saw him.

Reviewed On 10/8/2019
I always feel I'm in the best hands when I see Dr G

Reviewed On 10/6/2019
Dr. Gillespie always take very good care of my health issues and I feel he is concerned and is working hard to make my issues better.

Reviewed On 10/3/2019
Dr. Gillespie replaced my right shoulder two years ago so I am returning to do the other shoulder

Reviewed On 9/29/2019
First visit to talk him regarding surgery for a torn rotator cuff. He examined me asked questions regarding my injury. he then explained the 3senerios of the surgery. He was very straight forward and answered my questions with details. I asked him to do the surgery.

Reviewed On 9/22/2019
great care by Doctor Gilespie

Reviewed On 9/20/2019
Attentive, concerned, excellent treatment & advice provided.

Reviewed On 9/16/2019
I really like this provider. [...]

Reviewed On 9/14/2019
Dr. Gillespi is a real pro and I am glad I have him as my Dr. [...]

Reviewed On 9/11/2019
Dr. Gillespie is one of the best shoulder and elbow specialist you can find.

Reviewed On 9/5/2019
I was very pleased with the doctor, service and results...

Reviewed On 9/4/2019
always a positive experience....great doctor and staff.

Reviewed On 9/2/2019
I see Dr. Gillespie evert 3 months. [...] I have no words to describe how much I respect him as a surgeon, and his kind, compassionate care. I feel so fortunate and secure knowing he is here for me. I will be having additional surgery soon, and the only physician I would consider having do it is Dr. Gillespie. [...]

Reviewed On 9/2/2019
Excellent Dr and has helped me improve my ability to recover from surgery in good form.

Reviewed On 9/2/2019
I loved the doctor [...]

Reviewed On 9/2/2019
dr. gillespie was great and apologetic for being running late on this particular day. he did explain all, though it was very quickly and brief, but he did so with a sense of humor, and i liked him. i would recommend him. [...]

Reviewed On 8/31/2019
I'm 67 & came to see Dr. Gillespie with severe pain in my shoulders. first he xrayed my shoulders & told me the diagnosis. he gave me steroid shots in each shoulder. I could barely move because of the pain. Could not sleep. I have no pain at all. I am so thankful he listened & helped me. great doctor!

Reviewed On 8/27/2019
I can't say enough good about Dr. Gillespie. His competence and bed-side manner are both excellent.

Reviewed On 8/24/2019
He was busy but gracious and informative. It was worth the wait in the long run. I liked him very much. It was a first visit for a shoulder injury.

Reviewed On 8/23/2019
Very excellent doctor and staff. [...]

Reviewed On 8/19/2019
I thought the doctor was sort of rude and really didn't show any concern. He acted like he was not interested in what I had to say or how I was feeling [...]

Reviewed On 8/4/2019
Dr Gillespie was excellent and put my mind at ease. he is a great doctor.

Reviewed On 8/3/2019
care provider excellent !! outside staff, curt and unhelpful . borderline disrespectful .

Reviewed On 8/1/2019
very good

Reviewed On 7/27/2019
excellent. Dr Gillespie is a pleasure to interact with.

Reviewed On 7/26/2019
very good little waiting

Reviewed On 7/23/2019
Dr Gillespie is one of my most favorite dr's I have referred a few friends to him and they felt the same about him. Dr Gillespie is a great dr. He understands and is compassionate.

Reviewed On 7/22/2019
Dr. Robert Gillespie is an awesome Surgeon...he is kind, caring, understanding and compassionate, I will not find another Surgeon like him!

Reviewed On 7/19/2019
excellent, efficient visit.

Reviewed On 7/16/2019
I can't say enough good about my recent appointment with Dr. Gillespie. He was terrific and I'd highly recommend him to family and friends.

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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