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


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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. He is chief of shoulder and elbow surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and is the associate program director for the orthopedic surgery residency program at UH. He is an assistant 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 UH and Metrohealth Medical Center. He then completed a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the internationally renowned Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He joined UH in 2011. He is an associate 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 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters and has presented over 40 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 been the co-chair for the Ohio Shoulder and Elbow Society for the last five years. He 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.

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery

Education & Training


2000, Middlebury College

Medical / Professional School(s)



2006, General Surgery - University Hospitals of Cleveland


2010, Orthopaedic Surgery - UH Case Medical Center


2011, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Athletic Injuries to Shoulder and Elbow, Fracture Care, Elbow Replacement, Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery, Rotator Cuff Surgery, Shoulder Replacement, Elbow Ligament Reconstruction, Shoulder Instability Surgery

Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center
Department of Orthopaedics
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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UH Ahuja Medical Center
1000 Auburn Dr
Department of Orthopaedics - Kathy Risman Pavilion, Ste 210
Beachwood, OH 44122
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UH Westlake Health Center
960 Clague Rd
Ste 3110
Westlake, OH 44145
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University Suburban Health Center
1611 S Green Rd
Ste 027
South Euclid, OH 44121
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UH Mentor Health Center
9000 Mentor Ave
Ste 209
Mentor, OH 44060
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UH Mayfield Health Center Orthopedics
730 SOM Center Rd
Ste 130
Mayfield Village, OH 44143
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4.8 out of 5
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