Edward J. W. Shields, MD

Edward J. W. Shields, MD


  • Elbow
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder


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.


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)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Eligible

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

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