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Michael Glotzbecker, MD

Michael Glotzbecker, MD

  • Specialty: Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Primary Location: 1000 Auburn Dr (5 mi.)
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  • Languages Spoken: English

Office Locations

UH Ahuja Risman Pavilion (5 mi.)

1000 Auburn Dr
Ste 210
Beachwood, OH 44122

UH Cleveland Medical Center Bolwell (0 mi.)

11100 Euclid Ave
Bolwell 5th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44106

UH Ahuja Risman Pavilion (5 mi.)

1000 Auburn Dr
Ste 200
Beachwood, OH 44122

UH Mayfield Health Center (9 mi.)

730 Som Center Rd
Ste 130
Mayfield, OH 44143

UH Mayfield Health Center (9 mi.)

730 Som Center Rd
Ste 170
Mayfield, OH 44143

UH Cleveland Westlake Health Center (15 mi.)

960 Clague Rd
Ste 3110
Westlake, OH 44145

UH Medina Health Center (29 mi.)

4001 Carrick Dr
Ste 160
Medina, OH 44256

University Hospitals (57 mi.)

2520 Columbus Ave
Ste H
Sandusky, OH 44870

Biography: Michael Glotzbecker, MD


  • Early Onset Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Division Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Professor of Orthopaedics, CWRU School of Medicine
  • George and Edith Richman Chair and Distinguished Scientist in Cancer Research, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Certifications & Memberships

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Fellowship | Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery - Boston Children's Hospital (2009 - 2010)

Residency | Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Massachusetts General Hospital (2004 - 2009)

Medical Education
University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine (2004)

Duke University (2000)


Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD, is chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He holds the George H. Thompson Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.

He is board certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His clinical interests include spinal deformity, early onset scoliosis, complex spine surgery, kyphosis, spondylosis and pediatric fracture care.

Dr. Glotzbecker earned his undergraduate degree in biology and history from Duke University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. His medical degree is from Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, where he was Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing the Harvard University Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and a fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Glotzbecker continued at Boston Children's as a practicing surgeon as well as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Glotzbecker’s research interests center on improving clinical outcomes of spinal surgery and infection prevention. In addition to working on infection prevention, Dr. Glotzbecker has published several studies related to early onset scoliosis (EOS). He serves as chair of the research council and member of the executive committee of the new Pediatric Spine Study Group, an amalgam of the Growing Spine Study Group and the Childrens Spine Study Group. He also co-chaired the International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis. In addition, Dr. Glotzbecker is an active member of the Harms Study Group, one of the premier research groups in pediatric spinal deformities.

His resume extends to active memberships and committee service with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program.

An avid writer, Dr. Glotzbecker has served as an editor for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine, and has reviewed grants for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. He has participated in numerous studies on spinal surgery topics and presented papers and abstracts as well as invited lectures at regional, national and international medical meetings.

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Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5
- based on 38 Ratings

Doctor and staff were excellent. Highly recommend.


This was a wonderful experience for my daughter (patient) and myself. The staff were warm and welcoming at the front desk. Our wait was less than 2 minutes. The clinical staff member who roomed us was engaged and kind. Dr. Glotzbecker came into the room very soon after we were checked in. He was engaged during the process and put my daughter at ease. He gave me signs to check for and how to determine significance of injury if it were to happen again. He spoke to my daughter and treated her like she was his patient. He gave her advice on how to help her knee better and even told her that if she didn't try and bend the knee, that she would need physical therapy (and that's not mom trying to help you ;). This worked beautifully because when we left the clinic she was immediately trying to bend her knee so she didn't need any further treatment. Her knee is now back to normal.*** Thank you!


The check-out staff was very kind and helpful. She attempted to schedule a follow-up appointment but the electronic scheduling system did not allow her to schedule it. I called to make the f/u appt with central scheduling and that was fine.


The provider was excellent. ***


Excellent care and response to questions.


Fantastic Doctor - Personable, Was great with our Son. Made him very comfortable. UH is fortunate to have this excellent ped Ortho surgeon. I've told several friends about our world class experience there

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Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Michael Glotzbecker did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.