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Robert Gillespie, MD

Robert Gillespie, MD

Ratings

(4.8)

272 Ratings 73 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: Friday, Oct 7

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
  • Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 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

272 Ratings

Patient Comments (73)

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Gr Gillespe is extremely thorough and speaks in layman terms to have you understand every aspect of the condition you are being treated for. He does not over medicate and gives you encouraging options to treat a condition.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Wonderful doctor.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
This Doctor has the best bed side manner of any doctor I've ever seen. Professional, knowledgeable of my condition. Phenomenal Doctor!

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Dr Gillespie listened and answered my questions and offered several plans of care. I feel confident with him as my doctor.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie is an exceptional surgeon. I followed his directions and recovery went smoothly.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie listened to my concerns and about my recovery from a broken arm. He was very encouraging and it was good to talk to the surgeon instead of the nurse.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
I have been seeing Dr, Gillespie for many years and I feel very comfortable with him.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
An excellent and uplifting experience with Dr. Gillespie and his staff as always

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Dr Gillespie was ver apologetic about the long wait I appreciate that

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Great client care from UH, and the team of Dr. Gillespie.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
I was treated with respect and fully informed

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Seeing Dr for fracture follow up He's been Great.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Awesome Doctor. Did recommend neighbor to him. His surgery is scheduled and mine also scheduled.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Very good first meeting. Very personable and helpful. Made a appointment , at a later date for shots.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie is a wonderful doctor: smart and compassionate. He is also very practical and has helped me understand my condition and the time and PT required to move forward.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie is an outstanding MD. He is caring, kind, respectful, and really knows his patients.Thank you Dr. Gillespie

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Excellent care. I have already ref'd him to friends and coworkers. 10 Stars! Could not have found a better Surgeon. So glad to be able to use both my shoulders fully again.

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Dr Gillespie is the absolute best doctor!

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Excellent Doctor. Excellent service!

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Great care by Dr. Gillespie!

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Always a pleasure to visit Dr Gillespie

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Great surgeon w fabulous bedside manner

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
I have the utmost respect for Dr. Gillespie and his staff.

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
I truly enjoyed Dr. G-. Before he entered the exam room, I was thinking to myself that I hoped he was knowledgeable, had a normal personality and a good sense of humor. I was truly surprised when it was evident that he possessed all three. Good guy; I really was pleased with him. I'll use him going forward and will will refer him to others I know seeking someone like him.

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
Easy to talk to,

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
My experience was good! Dr. Gillespie was pleasant and caring.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie is fantastic and I have referred him to other coworkers.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
I respect and trust that provider and that is why I went there

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr Gillespied is an excellent doctor who did a great job on my surgery for the tear in my rotator cuff. I aver a lot of faith in is experience and using less evasive surgery, arhascopic for my surgery.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
I've seen many providers over the years and Dr Gillespie is one of the finest, most knowledgeable and most caring providers I've had the opportunity to see. It is obvious that he is an outstanding educator and knows how to communicate clearly and explain kindly everything that is being addressed. I highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a shoulder or elbow specialist

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Very good experience

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie is an excellent surgeon! Great with the patient and takes the time to answer all my questions.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie's care is excellent ***

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Very professional

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Dr. Gellispie rocks!!!

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Just seemed a bit rushed this time. Not usual. Said I was doing great but I didn't know how he knew that. So he then asked me to move my arm around and reiterated that I was doing great.

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Always a good experience. ***

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie has a wonderful bedside manner. More important he is a wonderful surgeon

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Great experience- everyone treated me with kindness and respect. Always kept me in the loop and provided information

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
I always have excellent care when I see my provider and his people

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Love Dr. Gillespie *** Dr Gillespie always takes his time to explain things to his patients but a little heads-up about how long I'd have to wait to see him would have been appreciated.

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Good experience

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Good experience with DR.

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
DOCTOR WAS EXCELLENT. ***

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
Dr Gillespie is very pleasant and listens to my concerns

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
Dr Gillespie was wonderful!

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
Excellent dr excellent care

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
Excellent visit!!!

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
Dr Gillespie and his staff are one of the best groups I've had with regards to orthopedic needs. I highly recommend him and have referred several friends to him. He's the best!!

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
Dr Gillespie is an outstanding surgeon and a great person. UH is fortunate to have him.

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie and his staff are very professional and wonderful!

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Dr Gillespie is purposeful, empathetic and highly skilled - this visit was a post surgical visit and he was methodical walking me through the next round of follow up visits, physical therapy and so forth - I left with no questions unanswered and am thrilled with Dr Gillespie and his team

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
I have a long history with Dr. Gillespie. Words cannot describe the respect I have for him. His compassion, his kindness, his emotional support, his superior surgical technical skills, his listening ability, and his advice make him a very special doctor. While I was there for a surgical checkup on my shoulder, he helped me make the difficult decision to proceed with knee replacements. He referred me to a physician, and the office made the appointment for me.

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Dr Gillespie was through in his explanation, attentive to my questions, I felt confident with his assessment

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie and staff were outstanding.

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
I think Dr. Gillespie is the coolest doctor I have ever had. Polite- Caring and Gentle. I wish he could be all my doctors, rolled up in one.

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Dr. Gillespie is a very caring doctor.

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
He is the best

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
Knowledgeable and kind

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
He helped give me the tools I needed to stay fully functioning......he is supportive and understanding.

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Dr G is very thorough and explained why we are doing what he recommends.

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Dr Gilespie is amazing ! So glad I found him!

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Dr Gillespie is outstanding and I appreciate my experience with him

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Dr. Gillespie and his team have been fantastic before, during, and after my surgery. I cannot recommend them enough.

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
I love Dr. Gillispie. He is a good listener and provides excellent care. The doctor is always very pleasant and even though I am sure he is very busy takes his time to ensure my needs were met. I love his wry sense of humor. It matches mine. Great doctor

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
This was a post-operative visit The office staff was courteous and helpful as usual. This physician was reassuring and patiently addressed my concerns regarding my progress since the surgery. He explained the next steps in a clear manner.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Very pleased with treatment from Dr. Gillespie.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Above and beyond care. And in spit of a bit of discomfort with cortisone shot, I had fun. A personable surgeon. Nice.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Always excellent care

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Best doctor. So nice and explained everything to me so I could understand.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Dr Gillespie was excellent and resolved much of my problem.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Great doctor. ***

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Love Doctor Gillespie

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