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Edward J. W. Shields, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Office Location:  Muskegon  


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 orthopaedic 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 > 


Google 5-star

Dr. Shields is very engaging. Despite his expertise, he easily translates that to an understandable set of expectations for both the surgery and recovery. He is personable, smiles/laughs easily and is a very good listener. His support team is very professional. They have earned my trust!! — April Y.

Google 5-star

My experience at OAM was better than I expected, mostly because of my amazing surgeon, Dr. Shields. He is an excellent surgeon but also a very kind and compassionate person. I recommend him to anyone who needs surgery. He did an amazing job on my shoulder. — Cindy B.

Google 5-star

Dr. Shields met me with a old-fashion HAND shake and direct eye contact. He looked over the x-ray, asked a few questions, and examined my arm injury. Feeling like in the "Twilight Zone!" Dr. Shields informed me of three different treatment options?? I just sat there not realizing I was able to pick from the 3? Wow!! I was fully informed and felt included in my condition and treatment. This is how a doctor and patient interaction should be, and is, with Dr. Shields. Super impressed, very professional. — Travis J.

Google 5-star

He is awesome — did surgery on my son's wrist when a huge diesel machine fell on his wrist. Dr. Shields said it looked like spaghetti, but not now — full movement and no scars! — Deb R.

Google 5-star

Dr. Shields did my shoulder surgery. I had a few different issues that need fixing. I am so glad I had it done. He did a great job. I am healing nicely and looking forward to my complete recovery results. It already feels 100% better than before the surgery. If you want a doctor that listens, offers options, and will get you the results you deserve, this is the one you want. I have my son seeing him as well. That says a lot that I'm trusting him to help my son as well. — Cynthia M.

Google 5-star

Love Dr. Shields. He repaired my rotator cuff and torn bicep tendon and had given me multiple steroid injections in my shoulders for arthritis and bursitis. The whole office staff is the best, most professional I've dealt with in quite a long time. Highly recommend! — Nancy F.

Google 5-star

I have have a couple surgeries by Dr. Shields and I couldn't be more happy. He has great bedside manner, is a brilliant surgeon, and has a great team. Highly recommended! — Amanda G.

Google 5-star

Couldn't say enough good things! Great surgeon, excellent beside manner, good listener. — Ken B.