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Dr. Edward J. W. Shields


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Edward J. W. Shields, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Shields is a fellowship trained shoulder surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow reconstructive surgery for degenerative and traumatic conditions. He also performs a high volume of wrist and hand procedures. He has completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow reconstruction, along with additional elective time spent during fellowship and residency dedicated to wrist and hand pathology. He also performs general orthopaedic fracture care.

As a result of his additional training in shoulder surgery, Dr. Shields performs advanced surgical techniques to manage massive and revision rotator cuff tears including graft augmentation and superior capsule reconstruction, shoulder sports injuries including SLAP tears and instability, complex primary and revision total shoulder replacement surgery, and traumatic shoulder injuries. Patients are eligible for reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand once they have exhausted non-operative measures, which typically involve activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and local cortisone injections.

Dr. Shields is committed to advancing orthoaedic knowledge and has published over 20 peer reviewed papers in orthopaedic journals related to shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder replacement, upper extremity trauma, and geriatric fracture care. In addition, he is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, AAOS Shoulder and Elbow Evaluation Committee, and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons society.

Dr. Shields was born and raised in Muskegon, MI. After graduating from Whitehall High School (2003), he completed his undergraduate education at Central Michigan University (2007) and then attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit (2011). His orthopaedic residency training was completed at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY (2016), followed by a fellowship in shoulder and elbow reconstruction at Beaumont Health in Detroit (2017). He returns to the area with his wife, who is a physician specializing in musculoskeletal radiology, and their three children.

Dr. Shields is the co-director of the Michigan Shoulder Institute, which works to advance shoulder surgery outcomes through research, care coordination, and education. 

Professional Profile


B.S., Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI (2007)
M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (2011)
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency- University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY (2016)
Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction Fellowship- Beaumont Health, Royal Oak, MI (2017)

Professional Associations

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Candidate Member
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Michigan Orthopaedic Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society
American Medical Association

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Eligible

Selected Publications

Raap C, Shields E, Wiater JM.  Venousthromboembolus in Shoulder Surgery.  JAAOS, 2018; Accepted.
Simha S, Shields E, Wiater JM.  The Infected Prosthetic Shoulder.  JBJS Reviews, 2018; Accepted 
Thorsness R, Iannuzzi J, Shields E, Noyes K, Voloshin I.  The Cost-Effectiveness of Open Reduction and Internal Fixation Compared with Hemiarthroplasty in the Management of Complex Proximal Humerus Fractures.  Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty, 2018; 2, 1-9.
Shields E, Thirukumaran C, Thorsness R, Noyes K, and Voloshin I.  Patient Factors Influencing Return to Work and Cumulative Financial Claims After Rotator Cuff repair in Geriatric Workers Compensation Cases.Geriatric Orthopaedics,2017; 8(4): 208-214.
Shields E and Wiater JM.  Patient Outcomes after Revision of Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty to Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Matched Cohort Study. JAAOS,2017: Accepted
Shields E, Koueiter D, Maerz T, Schwark A, Wiater JM. The Effect of Previous Rotator Cuff Repair on Clinical Outcomes after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 2017; 5(10). doi:  10.1177/2325967117730311. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E, Ho A, and Wiater JM.  Subscapularis Tendon Management During Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.  Minerva Ortopedica E Traumatologica, 2017; 68(3): 168-78.
Thorsness R, Shields E, Owens K, Gorczyca J, Voloshin I.  Open Reduction and Internal Fixation Versus Hemiarthroplasty in the Management of Complex Articular Fractures and Fracture-dislocations of the Proximal Humerus. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty, 2017; 1: 1-7.
Shields E, Ho A, and Wiater JM. Management of the Subscapularis Tendon During Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.  Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2017; Apr;26(4):723-731. 
Shields E, Thirukumaran C, Thorsness R, Noyes K, and Voloshin I. Patient Factors Influencing Return to Work and Cumulative Financial Claims After Clavicle Fractures in Workers Compensation Cases.  Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery,2016;25(7):1115-21. Visit Web Page > 
Thorsness R, Shields E, Iannuzzi J, Zang L, Noyes K, Voloshin I. Cost Drivers after Surgical Management of Proximal Humerus Fractures in Medicare Patients. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma,2016;30(5):262-8. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E, Sundem L, Childs S, Maceroli M,; Humphrey C, Ketz JP,Gorczyca JT.  The Impact of Residual Angulation on Patient Reported Functional Outcome Scores after Non-operative Treatment for Humeral Shaft Fractures.Injury,2016;47(4):914-8. Visit Web Page > 
Ketz JP, Maceroli M, Shields E, Sanders R.  Peroneal Tendon Instability in Intra-Articular Calcaneus Fractures: A Retrospective Comparative Study and a New Surgical Technique. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 2016;30(3):e82-7. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E, Behrend C, Beiswenger T, Strong B, English E, Maloney M, Voloshin I.  Scapular Dyskinesis Following Displaced Fractures of the Middle Clavicle.  Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery,2015;24(12):e331-6. Visit Web Page > 
Kates S, Shields E, Behrend C, Noyes K.  Financial Implications of Hospital readmission after hip fracture.  Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, 2015 March; On-line publication, doi: 10.1177/2151458515578265. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E, Sundem L, Childs S, Maceroli M, Humphrey C, Ketz J, and Gorczyca J.  Factors Predicting Patient Reported Functional Outcomes following Humeral Shaft Fractures.  Injury, 2015;46(4): 693-8. Visit Web Page >
Shields E, Olsen J, Miller R, Rouse L, Maloney M, Voloshin I.A Comparison of a Single Incision Technique using Cortical Button with Interference Screw versus a Double Incision Technique using Suture Fixation through Bone Tunnels for Distal Biceps Brachii Tendon Repairs. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2015;43(5):1072-6. Visit Web Page >
Shields E, Thirukumaran C, Thorsness R, Noyes K, Voloshin I. An Analysis of Adult Patient Risk Factors and Complications within 30 days after Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery.Arthroscopy, 2015;31(5):807-15. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E, Kates S.  Revision Rates and Cumulative Hospital Charges in Patients Treated with Hemiarthroplasty Compared to Cannulated Screws after Femoral Neck Fractures.  Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, 2014;134(12):1667-71. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E, Iannuzzi J, Thorsness R, Noyes K, and Voloshin I.  Post-operative Morbidity by Procedure and Patient Factors Influencing Major Complications within 30 Days Following Shoulder Surgery.  Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014;2(10). Electronic Publication. DOI: 10.1177/2325967114553164. Visit Web Page > 
Chen C, Behrend C, Shields E, English C; Maloney M, Voloshin I. Effects of Debridement of Biceps Tendon Insertion and Superior Labrum on Stability of the Shoulder Joint in Cadaveric Concavity-Compression Model.  Arthroscopy, 2014;30(12):1557-61. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E,Mirabelli M, Amsdell S, Thorsness R, Goldblatt J, Maloney M, and Voloshin I.  Functional and Ultrasonography Imaging Outcomes of Arthroscopic Simultaneous Rotator Cuff and Bankart Repair after Shoulder Dislocation. American Journal of Sports Medicine.  2014;42(11):2614-20. Visit Web Page > 
Olsen J, Shields E, Miller R, Maloney M, Voloshin I.  A Comparison of the Tension Slide with Interference Screw versus Suture Anchor Techniques for Distal Biceps Tendon Repairs.  Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.  2014;23(11):1607-11. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E, Behrend C, Bair J, Cram P, Kates S. Mortality and Financial Burden of Periprosthetic fractures of the Femur.  Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilition. 2014 July; on-line publication.  DOI: 10.1177/2151458514542281. Visit Web Page > 
Shields E, Iannuzzi J, Thorsness R, Noyes K, Voloshin I. Peri-Operative Complications Following Hemi- and Total Shoulder Arthroplasty are Equivalent.  Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2014;23(10):1449-53.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2014.01.052. Visit Web Page > 
Majid K, Crowder T, Baker E, Baker K, Shields E, Koueiter D, Herkowitz HN.  High Rate of In Vivo Corrosion of 316L Stainless Steel Thoracolumbar Connector Plates. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques.  2011; 24(8): 500-5. Visit Web Page >