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Michael Schaefer, MD

Michael Schaefer, MD



82 Ratings 20 Reviews


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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  • Division Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • 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

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

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Westlake HC Bldg A Ste 3110

960 Clague Rd
Westlake OH, 44145

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Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

82 Ratings

Patient Comments (20)

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr. Michael Schaefer provides excellent medical advice and treatment for my 4 major orthopedic needs. I drive 35 miles to be treated by this excellent physician.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr. Schaefer is an Orthopedic doc that I highly respect. I appreciate that he takes his time and gives me the injections that I need. I feel he is very knowledgeable!

Reviewed On 11/1/2020

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
This was an excellent health experience.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
I appreciate how much Dr Schaefer listened to me, instructed his med student and intern. It was nice to see a specialist helping other pursue their medical careers.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
most amazing, caring, compassionate, empathetic, knowledgeable doc I have ever had. he always looks for answers to my autoimmune issues and never dismisses my concerns!

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Amazing doc!! Extremely knowledgeable, knew the weird quirks of a pre-existing condition. Listened attentively and continues to find solutions for me.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
he is the best orthopedic doctor I have ever seen

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
very good experience

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
My experience and the care by the medical staff was excellent. I am fortunate to have the excellent service of Dr. Schaefer who had taken care of me in prior years ***.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
absolutely love Doc Schaefer very Professional and very thorough I have been with him for over 9years I followed him from *** will follow him anywhere

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr. Shaefer took care of my back issues many years ago so I came back when I started having similar problems even though I now live 1 and 1/2 hours away. He is an outstanding doctor. He was very thorough, explained everything so that I could understand easily, was willing to listen and offer different options for treatment and I would highly recommend him to anyone with orthopedic issues.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
professional and very kind

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr. Schaefer is wonderful, professional and compassionate. He always is. ***

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
Great experience

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
doctor Schaefer is a good listener. he is also well trained in knowing what is causing your pain oh, and how to fix it. he is very down-to-earth oh, and easy to understand.

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Dr Schaefer is a wonderful doctor and an overall great human being. He remembers things unrelated to your appointment. My husband is terminally ill and I mentioned that to him on my first visit and he remembered that on my next visit. He asked about him in a very comforting way. That meant a lot to me. It also showed me that he listens to his patients and pays close attention to detail. Great guy!!

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
I have seen Dr. Schaefer for many years prior to him coming to UH. As long as his is practicing I choose to be his patient regardless of his location. UH is very luck to have him on board.

Reviewed On 2/23/2020
I followed Dr. Schaefer from his practice at the [...] Their loss is University Hospital's gain - he is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed On 2/13/2020
[...] He saw me as soon as I check in at the desk. He drained the left knee, arranged a follow-up appointment, and gave me a referral for PT. I was very satisfied.

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.