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Biography: Michael Schaefer, MD
- Division Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UH Cleveland Medical Center
- Interim Medical Director, UH Rehabilitation Hospital
- Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
Certifications & Memberships
- 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)
The Ohio State University (1994 - 1998)
Case Western Reserve University (1994)
AboutView Dr. Schaefer’s Blog
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
Patient Experience Reviews
Dr Schaefer was wonderful. Left with answers and solutions
Excellent doctor! His nurse was very helpful as well. Receptionist was very personable.
As usual, it was an excellent experience with the provider.
Dr. Michael Schaefer is the only person that helps me with my horrible back condition. Dr. Schaefer is AWESOME!
Dr Michael Schaefer is absolutely the best provider and diagnostician possible. His dedication to truth, excellence, patient care and wellbeing is above al else. He is truly a pillar of the profession and he elevates every environment he is a party too. I am sooo thankful for his care over the years my words cannot even explain.
Very good and organized.
Couldn't have had a better experience or doctors
Dr Schaefer is one of, if not the best diagnosticians in the nation. His bed side manner and professionalism are impeccable. His knowledge of his profession is as good as it gets. I cannot say enough about Michael and the impact he has had on my health and wellbeing.
He is very skilled. I have recommended him to friends.
Dr. Schaefer's blocks always work for me. He takes time for me. And always knows what I need!!
Great experience with this Doctor
Dr. Schaefer is Awesome!!!
Great doctor. ***
DR. Schaefer is AWESOME!!!!!
This provider is amazing. He took time to listen to my issues, look at my scans and provided an injection to help ease my pain.
I couldn't ask for a more attentive care giver. His pain blocks in my my arm and wrist work wonderful. He listens intently and truly cares about how you feel!!
Dr. Schaefer seems to be a caring and competent doctor
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