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Robert Gillespie, MD

Robert Gillespie, MD

Ratings

(4.8)

337 Ratings 87 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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Seeing New Patients As Soon As: Monday, Dec 6

216-844-7200

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Biography

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

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

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106
216-844-7200

UH Suburban Health Center

1611 S Green Rd
South Euclid OH, 44121
216-844-7200

UH Ahuja Medical Center

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

UH Mayfield Health Center Orthopedics

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

UH Westlake Health Center

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

UH Mentor Hopkins Health Center

9000 Mentor Ave
Mentor OH, 44060
216-844-7200

Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

337 Ratings

Patient Comments (87)

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Good care.

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Great experience

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Dr. Gilliespie us the best in my book!!

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Great doctor. Informative and cared about my health problem. Took the time needed even though he was behind schedule.

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
I love Dr Gillespie! He truly cares about his patients.

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Provider was great. ***

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Excellent care and follow up

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie is an extremely competent physician.

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Good experience

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
I feel the care provided was very good

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Great experience. I have recommended the doctor to others who need should surgery.

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
all good

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Dr Gillespie is a highly empathic physician, theiseal of what a physician should be.

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Dr. Gilispie: is a good listener which is most important..he listens and cares. ***

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
I love Dr Gillespie. ***

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
The doctor and his staff were very professional.

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Gillespie is excellent

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
all good

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie and his staff were efficient and professional. Dr. Gillespie provided optimistic treatment options.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
excellent

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
I always receive good care when I see Dr. Gillespie

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr Gillespie and *** are the best

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr Gillespie is always very pleasant!

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
dr gillespie is one of the best surgeons i have .... he always has time for me, my questions and all my concerns. he cares, is kind, has a great sense of humor and is approachable. i am so happy that dr rosanna lechner of metro health recommended dr gillespie to me !!!

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr. G & his staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Excellent appointment. Received medical advice helpful to my condition.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Great Dr. PA and assistant!

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
It was very professional and put me at ease.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie has been excellent through ***. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
very good!

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
all good

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
I was very pleased with my visit with Dr. Gillespie. Wonderful manner; highly experienced. Helped me the same day and gave excellent instructions for the future. ***

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
provider excellent. ***

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Great visit

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie is a great surgeon. Very attentive to my concerns and care. Spent more time and interest than any surgeon I have had. His assistant *** is outstanding! A great caring team!

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
I like Dr. Gilispe, and trust the cars he is giving me!

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie and his staff are wonderful!

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Dr. Robert J Gillespie is an awesome Physician and Surgeon, he was there for me with all three surgeries, I have had on my left shoulder. If for some reason I need surgery on my right shoulder sometime in the future, Dr. Gillespie will be doing the surgery, I only want him operating on me. I really really like Dr. Gillespie, he is kind, compassionate and caring and when I was on the operating table I felt secure and confident and I knew I was in excellent hands.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
provider is excellent ***

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie, as always, is quite supportive, and his confidence builds my own confidence in my recovery.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Fantastic service.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
I have seen Dr. Gillespie frequently over the past 5 years. He is technically a superior surgeon, but also a kind, caring , and supportive physician. I always feel that Dr. Gillespie works with me to make the best decisions for my care. *** is just as caring and compassionate as Dr. Gillespie, they are an awesome team. The office staff is always very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie got me an excellent surgical result. The1st surgeon I met with was doubtful she'd be able to get a successful result. The 2nd surgeon declined to take me on as a patient. Dr. Gillespie successfully performed the shoulder repair when other surgeons were doubtful of their abilities to achieve a good result.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie is fabulous! I have already recommended him to people. You need to clone him. :)

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
I have complete confidence in Dr. Gillespie's care and I highly recommend

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Except for the receptionist lecturing me for being 20 minutes early for my appointment & telling me to come back later everything went smoothly. Dr. G was awesome!

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
He was great and the office made substantial efforts to get me in on a date right away so i knew it was going to be somewhat of a wait. Also, he is gracious with his time and thorough, but I did wait quite a long time, but everything else about the visit was excellent. I was fit in right away at an office very close to where I live.

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
dr gillespie is the best surgeon i have seen at ahuja. he is always caring and considerate, a great listener, funny, makes me feel "at home" and i'm very glad he is MY surgeon.

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie and ***, NP offer the highest level of care.

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Excellent care

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
made sure I understood everything and was patient with all my concerns and questions

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie is the best! He may run behind with appointments but I don't care too much because I know that once it is my turn to be seen by him, he will spend however much time is needed to answer my questions and explain things to me. I don't feel like just a number to him and that he doesn't have time for me. *** He is the best! ***

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Very satisfied with Dr.

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Dr Gillespie showed genuine care and concern for me. I felt like he really listened and explained things to me

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Dr Gillespie explains everything so you understand. Always very pleasant!

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Good experience

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie as always went above and beyond in his care and concern. He always spends time and addresses any questions, and is reassuring in my recovery process. I do not have enough words to express my admiration for his skills as a surgeon, and of as a kind, caring, compassionate person. University Hospital is lucky to have him...and so am I.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
good experience, provider is very smart and knowledgeable in what he is doing with orthopedics.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
Positive experience

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
I feel I received the best care available for my shoulder injury. I am grateful to have access to such a talented and skilled surgeon. my recovery has been excellent and I feel stronger every day. I am grateful for my entire care team. Thank you.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Dr Gillespie is an excellent doctor kind and funny and cares about his patients

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie is a great doctor. ***

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie is an incredible doctor. He is knowledgeable, patient, kind and really concerned about his patients

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
excellent Dr!!!

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Dr. G is my doctor for my shoulder *** He is very good and I recommended him for my son ***

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie and his staff are always very professional .

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
excellent doctor very personable

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
My experience with Dr Gillespie is always good. He is very professional and respectable with a comfortable and caring presence. He is patient and a great listener. He feels like family with an objective honest opinion and great advise. *** He's one of the few good physicians of this era. And he has swag! Keep up the good work Dr. Gillespie and stay Blessed!

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Excellent physician and staff.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
I am deeply grateful for the expertise and care that Dr. Gillespie and his NP, ***, provided to treat my *** injury. My experience has been very good and my outcome is excellent.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
good experience. listened well, very knowledgeable

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
he is the best

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr Gillespie acknowledged my complaints and made me feel comfortable.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
everything went great

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Excellent experience in all respects. Dr. Gillespie interacted with me in a cordial, friendly, and highly professional manner.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
He is one of the best Dr.s I have ever had because he did take the time to explain the pain I am having and treatments.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
EXCELLENT

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
I was thrilled to get an appointment so quickly. Everyone affiliated with Dr. Gillespie's practice was very professional, caring and polite.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
*** I love Dr. Gillespie and his nurses ***

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Dr. Gillespie and his nurse are wonderful ! I'd always recommend him to family & friends for shoulder issues. He's kind, professional and listens/ responds to my concerns.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
I was very impressed with Dr. Gillespie's manner, knowledge of my past history and explanation of my condition. He presented several treatment options, explained each one clearly, respected my choice and left the door open for me to stand by my decision or change my mind. I was really confortable with his care.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Very professional, the greatest!!!

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
*** my recovery has been slower, but Dr. Gillespie is always encouraging, and compassionate. *** Dr. Gillespie is the perfect example of a physician who has outstanding surgical skills, balanced with outstanding caring , compassionate skills. The office staff are also amazing and *** the receptionist always greets you so warmly. ***

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Dr. Gillespie is fantastic I would recommend him to everyone he spends the time needed with you and explains well and is always very prompt and professional

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
The provider apologized for the long wait time. He was very polite and respectful and made me feel comfortable.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
This doctor is very good. He always gives attention to details and also is recommended by Veterans. I always feel that he cares and puts the patient first. I recommend him to everyone.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Very good!

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.

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

  • - Don Joy Orthopaedics - Consulting payments