Reuben Gobezie, MD
CEO & Co-Founder

Founding Director, Cleveland Shoulder Institute

Founding Director, REGEN Orthopedics

CEO, Co-Founder, Genie Health

Founding Partner, Cleveland Orthopedic & Spine Institute


Personal Info

Orthopedic Surgeon, Reuben Gobezie, MD, is a nationally recognized leader in the care of shoulder and sports injuries. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Gobezie was named one of the top 25 shoulder specialists in the US as ranked by leaders in the field. He was also voted one of America’s top doctors by his patients. He has received the Patient’s Choice Award for multiple consecutive years, an honor bestowed on less than one percent of physicians nationally, and the result of patient ratings of their medical care. Since 2014, he has earned recognition on the Top Doctors list nationally by Castle Connolly as nominated by his peers.

He has treated many athletes from colleges, universities and high schools throughout Ohio, and was formerly a team physician for the Cleveland Gladiators. Dr. Gobezie has also previously served as an NFL consulting physician for the Cleveland Browns and as head team physician for Gilmour Academy.

Dr. Gobezie is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed his undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University prior to graduating from Harvard Medical School. His orthopedic residency was done at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. Dr. Gobezie obtained subspecialty training in shoulder and elbow surgery by completing the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship.

Dr. Gobezie has made pioneering contributions to the areas of shoulder replacement surgery, cartilage transplantation and biceps surgery. He is able to offer his patients techniques and treatment paradigms that are at the forefront of shoulder and elbow surgery. His practice specializes in minimally invasive and innovative approaches to the treatment of arthritis, rotator cuff tears, instability and other more rare shoulder disorders.  Dr. Gobezie is actively involved in significant clinical research and employs the most current arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to manage shoulder and elbow disorders.

Dr. Gobezie’s research has been recognized with numerous national awards including the prestigious Neer Award from American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons, Zimmer/Orthopaedic Research and Educational Foundation Award, the Pfizer Innovative Scientific Centers for Orthopaedic and Pain Management Excellence Research Award, the Arthroscopy Association of North America’s Research Grant and the Massachusetts General Hospital Physician Scientist Award.

He served as Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Proteomics Research Group at Harvard and continues his studies in osteoarthritis and related musculoskeletal disorders through his laboratory at Case Medical Center. In addition, his clinical research has been presented at numerous national and international meetings and he is an invited lecturer both in Europe and many parts of the United States.

Dr. Gobezie is a member of the American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons, the most prestigious subspecialty group in orthopedic surgery comprised of just over 200 of the top shoulder surgeons from around the world.

In 2014, Dr. Gobezie founded Regen Orthopedics, which provides cutting edge treatments for chronic pain. This practice offers regenerative medicine procedures that utilize a patient’s own adult stem cells to stop pain and speed healing for a wide range of painful conditions, including arthritis.  Learn more at

In 2018, Dr. Gobezie partnered with Laurence Higgins, MD, to establish PT Genie (now Genie Health), a virtual physical therapy system.  Through a simple mobile app and platform Genie provides an immediate connection between healthcare provider and patient.  Genie acts as a personal coach to patients recovering from orthopedic surgery. This easy-to-use physical therapy system lets the patient complete exercises at home and gives instant feedback to their doctor for assistance when needed.


Shoulder specialist
Shoulder sports injuries
Total shoulder replacement
Reverse shoulder replacement
Minimally invasive outpatient shoulder replacement
Arthroscopic surgery for shoulder injuries
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair


Harvard Medical School, 1999—MD, Medicine

Johns Hopkins University, 1994—B.A., Biology


Harvard Shoulder Fellowship, Shoulder Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Faculty, Shoulder Surgery & Cartilage Transplant

Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Internship, Surgery


Cleveland Shoulder Institute, Founding Director

University Hospitals Department of Orthopedics, Chair, Shoulder Surgery




American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Board Certified


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Member

Ohio Shoulder and Elbow Society, Member

Awards & Honors

1989 Xerox Award in the Humanities
1991 Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship
1991-1993 NIH Student Research Fellowship
1997-1998 Sarnoff Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research
1998 Merck AAMP Summer Research Fellowship
1999 Association of Academic Surgeons Research Award
2004 Arthroscopy Association of North America Research Grant
2004 Harvard Partners Center for Genomics and Genetics Research Grant
2004 Pfizer Innovative Scientific Centers for Orthopaedic and Pain ExcellenceFellowship Award
2005 MGH Physician-Scientist Bridge Award
2005 OREF/Zimmer Career Development Award
2006 Didier Patte Award, Best Technical Video, Arthroscopic Suprascapular Nerve Release, Society for European Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
2007 University Hospitals Minority Career Development Award
2008 Shand’s Circle, Orthopaedic Research and Educational Foundation
2009 Best Research Paper, Finalist, Society for European Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
2011 Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Research Grant in Arthritis
2015 Neer Award: American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Outstanding Clinical Science Research

Reuben Gobezie, MD