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J. Michael Glover, MD, MBA, FAAOS

Glover, James M.Assistant Professor
Spine Surgery


Dr. Glover's areas of expertise include:

Degenerative disorders of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
Spinal deformities, scoliosis and kyphosis
Spinal trauma, infection and tumors


2015-2017: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1982-1986: Doctor of Medicine (MD), The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 
1981-1982: Bachelor of Science (BS), Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
1978-1980: Baylor University, Waco, TX


1993-1994: Fellowship, Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milkwaukee, WI
1989-1993: Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX
1986-1987: Internship, General Surgery, Wright-Patterson AFB/Wright State University, Dayton, OH


    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, active

    Professional Work and Teaching Experience

    2021-2023: Regional Medical Director, Optum Health – Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Minneapolis, MN
    2005-2021: Orthopaedic Surgeon, Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, Flagstaff, AZ
    1998-2005: Orthopaedic Surgeon, West Tennessee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, PC D/B/A: Sports, Orthopedics & Spine, Jackson, TN
    1994-1998: Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon, WHMC (United States Air Force), Lackland AFB, Texas. Cervical Spine Trauma Working Group (1996), Acute Pain Working Group (1996), Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Service (1995-1998, Mobile Field Surgical Team (1994-1998), C-21 Outreach Provider (1994-1998), Quality Assurance Coordinator, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (1994-1998)
    1993: Orthopaedic Staff, WHMC (United States Air Force)
    1988-1989: Assistant Chief, Primary Care Clinic, Randolph AFB, Texas
    1987-1989: General Medical Officer, Randolph AFB, Texas

    Honors and Awards 

    2015: Nathan Avery, MD Physician of the Year Award for Orthopaedics, Flagstaff Medical Center
    1998: Air Force Commendation Medal
    Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

      Peer-Reviewed Publications

      1. Ethier DB, Cain JE, Yaszemski MJ, Glover JM, Klucznik RP, Pyka RE, Lauerman WC. The influence of anulotomy selection on disc competence. A radiographic, biomechanical, and histologic analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1994 Sep 15;19(18):2071-6. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199409150-00012. PMID: 7825048.
      2. An HS, Simpson JM, Glover JM, Stephany J. Comparison between allograft plus demineralized bone matrix versus autograft in anterior cervical fusion. A prospective multicenter study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1995 Oct 15;20(20):2211-6. PMID: 8545714.
      3. Infusa A, An HS, Glover JM, McGrady L, Lim TH, Riley LH 3rd. The ideal amount of lumbar foraminal distraction for pedicle screw instrumentation. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1996 Oct 1;21(19):2218-23. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199610010-00008. PMID: 8902965.
      4. Bents RT, France JC, Glover JM, Kaylor KL. Traumatic spondylopelvic dissociation. A case report and literature review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1996 Aug 1;21(15):1814-9. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199608010-00020. PMID: 8855468.
      5. France JC, Yaszemski MJ, Lauerman WC, Cain JE, Glover JM, Lawson KJ, Coe JD, Topper SM. A randomized prospective study of posterolateral lumbar fusion. Outcomes with and without pedicle screw instrumentation. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1999 Mar 15;24(6):553-60. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199903150-00010. PMID: 10101819.
      6. Carrino JA, Swathwood TC, Morrison WB, Glover JM. Prospective evaluation of contrast-enhanced MR imaging after uncomplicated lumbar discography. Skeletal Radiol. 2007 Apr;36(4):293-9. doi: 10.1007/s00256-006-0221-2. Epub 2007 Jan 12. PMID: 17219230.

        Book Chapters

        1. An HS, Glover JM. Anterior Instrumentation of the Thoracolumbar Spine. In: Principles and Techniques of Spine Surgery, 1st edition, Williams and Wilkins, 1998.
        2. An HS, Glover JM. Complications and Revision Surgeries for Adult Spinal Deformities. In: Bridwell and Dewald’s Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 2nd edition, Lippincott and Raven, 1996.

        Presentations - 7

        Invited Lectures - 15

        UTMB Health

        Clinic Locations:

        UTMB Health Primary Care Pavilion
        400 Harborside Dr.
        Galveston, Texas 77555
        Call: (409) 266-7846

        UTMB Health League City Campus
        2240 Gulf Freeway South
        League City, Texas 77573
        Call: (832) 505-1200