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Michael Schaefer, MD

Michael Schaefer, MD



89 Ratings 25 Reviews


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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  • Division Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Interim Medical Director, UH Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Michael Schaefer, MD is a board-certified, fellowship trained sports medicine and physical medicine & rehabilitation physician at University Hospitals. His special clinical interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures, an area in which he is certified. He also performs fluoroscopically-guided spinal injections and peripheral nerve stimulator implants. In his role of associate professor, he regularly teaches residents and fellows and presents national-level instructional courses in his specialties.

As Division Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for University Hospitals, Dr. Schaefer leads the physician group working in UH’s rehabilitation hospitals, consult services and outpatient practices. He enjoys networking with other UH leaders to form integrative care teams for complex orthopedic and neurological conditions.

Dr. Schaefer often uses injection techniques both to help patients with painful conditions and to aid in difficult diagnoses. Therefore, many patients seek him out for conditions of the hip and shoulder region, where the spinal structures may or may not be involved. He is uniquely skilled at determining a diagnosis in these cases, because he specializes in both spinal conditions and orthopedic/joint problems. In addition, he also works closely with physical therapists and chiropractors to provide comprehensive conservative care.

Prior to joining the medical staff at University Hospitals, Dr. Schaefer held the position of Director of Musculoskeletal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic. During this time, he was also the director of the Cleveland Clinic musculoskeletal medicine fellowship. In addition, he has formerly held staff positions at the Mayo Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center.

Dr. Schaefer completed his undergraduate education at Case Western Reserve University, after which he went on to earn his medical doctorate at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. After an internship in internal medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospitals, Dr. Schafer completed residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic. He remained at the Mayo Clinic to further advance his training by completing a fellowship in sports medicine and physical medicine and rehab.

The author and co-author of multiple publications and book chapters, Dr. Schaefer enjoys family activities in his free time. He is an avid outdoorsman, triathlete, and cross-country skier, and in college he was a runner and NCAA national qualifier in decathlon. As an athlete himself, he finds particular satisfaction in getting patients back to the activities that they love.

Selected publications and chapters

Schaefer MP, Fox K. Ultrasound Guided Shoulder Joint and Bursa Injections. In: Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Procedures in Interventional Pain Management. Editor: S Narouse Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Ch. 22, pp 293-306. New York, NY 2010

Schaefer MP. Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat Conditions. In: Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for the Boards. Editors: Harrast M and Finnoff, J Techset Composition Ltd. Ch 31. pp 331-38. New York, NY 2011

Foorsov V, Schaefer MP, Shoulder Joint and Bursa Injections. In: Guide to Musculoskeletal Injections with Ultrasound. Editors: M Agha and D Murphy. Demos Medical New York, NY 2015

Konya M, Schaefer MP. Ch 18, Joint Pain. In: Fundamentals of Pain Medicine. Editor: Jianguo Cheng and Richard W. Rosenquist. Springer Gewerbestrasse Cham, SUI 2018

Schaefer MP. Bilateral L2 Spondylolysis: Nonsurgical or Surgical Treatment? Spinemonitor, June 11th, 2008

McGrath JM, Schaefer MP, Malkamkai DM. Incidence and Characteristics of Complications from Epidural Steroid Injections. Pain Medicine. 12(5):726-31, 2011

Daftari AP, Jaffer J, Homer SH, Schaefer MP. Bovine Shoulder and Hip Models to Teach Ultrasound Guided Injections. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 90(9):746-55, 2011

McCrady BM, Schaefer MP. Sonographic Visualization of a Scapular Body Fracture: a case report. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound 39(8): 466-8, 2011

Pierson EH, Bantum B, Schaefer MP. Exertional Rhabdomyolysis of the Elbow Flexor Muscles From Weight Lifting. PM&R 6, pp. 556-59, 2014

Sully K, Schaefer MP, Allen A, Werntz CL 3rd, Ma G, Sayeed Y. Letter to the Editor, "Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Use Among Occupational Medicine Practitioners at the American Occupational Health Conference J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Aug;58(8):e315-7

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Office Locations

Westlake HC Bldg A Ste 3110

960 Clague Rd
Westlake OH, 44145

Patient Experience Reviews

4.5 out of 5

89 Ratings

Patient Comments (25)

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr. Schaefer is an excellent Doctor. ***

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Outstanding. I even followed up via email with a few questions and he responded quickly and completely.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
I felt like I was in the hands of an expert who really cares about his patients. He took care to review every aspect of my previous care for this issue and came into the exam room having clearly spent significant time examining my records. One of the very best experiences I have ever had in the UH health care system.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr. Michael Schaefer is an outstanding care provider. He is extremely professional, thorough and compassionate. I would recommend his services to anyone!

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Superb care from the doctor and the medical team.

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Dr. Michael Schaeffer is AWESOME!!! He is the definition of what WORLD CLASS Medicine is all about. He is the finest back and spine doctor there is!!!

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
Dr, Schaefer is easily contacted through email/Follow My Health.He responds quickly.

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
I feel that I was given an excellent exam by a smart caring doctor. I consider myself blessed that he will do whatever is needed to help me get better.

Reviewed On 11/1/2021

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Very competent.

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
I can't say enough good things about about Dr. Schaefer. He is excellent. Very caring, takes his time. He reviews his notes from past appt. And he truly cares!! His blocks in my left arm work great.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Extremely pleased, thank you.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
It was my first visit. Doctor very knowledgeable but seemed distracted. ***

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Great doctor

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
I found Dr Schaefer to be easy to relate to, talk with and he was concerned with my situation and trying to address it

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Dr. Schaefer gives excellent care and attention to his patients. His blocks on my arm work great!

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
I really like Dr.Schaefer. he is very kind and listens to what you have to save and I don't know who the assistant was that day I don't remember his name but he was very good also.

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Dr. Schaffer was very nice and attentive. His staff was also nice. NO complaints!

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr Schaefer is a great provider. He listens and genuinely cares about your problems. He is very patient. I know when I see him he will diagnose my problem and offer treatment as soon as he is able. He is very knowledgeable and explains everything and verifies that you understand your plan of care.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Excellent care, would highly recommend Dr Shaffer. Spent as much time as necessary to evaluate and start treatment. very kind and thorough

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
fantastic doctor

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
he was very nice and listened to me and examined me thoroughly. he also went over my MRI pictures with me. very good experience.

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Excellent provider. He was very respectful. Office staff courteous.

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Dr. Michael Schaefer is the greatest doctor and UH should be great full to have him.

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
great Dr.

Board Certifications

  • Sports Medicine - American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Fellowship | Sports Medicine - Phys Med and Rehab
Sports Medicine - Phys Med and Rehab - Mayo Clinic (2002 - 2003)

Residency | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Mayo Clinic (1999 - 2002)

Internship | Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - Riverside Methodist Hospitals - Ohiohealth (1998 - 1999)

Medical Education
The Ohio State University (1994 - 1998)

Case Western Reserve University (1994)

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, Michael Schaefer did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.