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Michael Glotzbecker, MD

Michael Glotzbecker, MD



43 Ratings 3 Reviews


Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

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Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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  • Division Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD, is chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedics, 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.


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


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Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

UH Suburban Health Center

1611 S Green Rd
Suite: 027
South Euclid, OH 44121

UH Ahuja Medical Center

1000 Auburn Dr
Suite: 210
Beachwood, OH 44122

UH Mayfield Village Health Center

730 Som Center Rd
Suite: 130
Mayfield, OH 44143

UH Westlake Health Center

960 Clague Rd
Suite: 3110
Westlake, OH 44145

UH Medina Health Center

4001 Carrick Dr
Suite: 160
Medina, OH 44256

DO 2520 Columbus

2520 Columbus Ave
Suite: H
Sandusky, OH 44870

Patient Experience Reviews

4.6 out of 5

43 Ratings

Patient Comments (3)

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
The nurse and the dr were great. ***

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr. Glotzbecker has always made my daughter feel at ease with her condition. He talks to us in a manner that makes us feel that he has a mutual respect for us, as we do him. When we have questions, he answers them in a manner that both my daughter and I are able to understand.

Reviewed On 3/1/2023
Dr. Glotzbecker is an incredible doctor. Very responsive and will always get you in if he can. He connects well with children, teens and parents. He treats each case individually and tries to be realistic about short/long term plan for your child. He is absolutely the best. I can't say enough wonderful things about him. We recommend Dr. Glotzbecker to everyone! ***

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)

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.