J. Michael Glover, MD, MBA

Orthopedic Spine Surgery


Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin

Residency: Wilford USAF Medical Center

Internship:Wright-Patterson Air Force Base/Wright State University

Doctoral: University of Texas

Graduate Degree: Arizona State University

Personal Quote

“The most important thing as a physician when treating a patient is to make a connection. Patients want to be heard, cared about and have confidence in their physician’s ability to make a difference in their lives. Whether it is to relieve pain, improve quality of life or provide assurance that they are going to be okay, I strive to deliver this promise every time.”

Procedures & Areas of Interest

  • Anterior and/or Posterior Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar Fusions
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical/Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Percutaneous SI Joint Fusion
  • Reconstructive Spinal Surgery
  • Revision Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty for Compression Fractures

Professional Biography

Michael Glover, MD, MBA is a fellowship-trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.


Dr. Glover has cared for patients at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics since 2005 through the Spine and Pain Specialty Center. He is trained in using Joimax® Endoscopes and Dr. Glover specializes in minimally invasive surgeries such as camera guided, endoscopic spine surgery.


Before joining Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, Dr. Glover served in the United States Air Force as an orthopedic surgeon and also in private practice in Tennessee. During his time in the Air Force, he served as a leader in orthopedic spine services including being the Orthopaedic Spine Service Chief. Dr. Glover earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas. He earned his residency education from Wilford USAF Medical Center and completed his education from Medical College of Wisconsin, where he earned his fellowship in Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery. He also earned his graduate degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


Dr. Glover is an active member of the medical community, holding professional memberships with the American Medical Association, the Arizona Medical Association, the North American Spine Society, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Physician Leaders.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • Arizona Medical Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • American Association of Physician Leaders

Leadership Roles

  • Assistant Chief, Primary Care Clinic Randolph Air Force Base - 1988-1989
  • General Medical Officer, United States Air Force - 1987-1989
  • Chief, Orthopedic Spine Service Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center 1996-1998
  • Chairman, Dept of Surgery, Flagstaff Medical Center, 2012-2013
  • President of the Medical Staff, Flagstaff Medical Center 2016


  • Physician of the Year Flagstaff Medical Center 2015
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

Research, Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

The Ideal Amount of Lumbar Foraminal Distraction for Pedicle Screw Instrumentation; A Inufusa, HS An, JM Glover, L McGrady, TH Lim. Spine 21 (19): 2218, 1996.

Spondylopelvic Dissociatioin: A Case Report; R Bents, J France, JM Glover, K Kaylor. fu!ine 21: 1996.

Comparison between Allograft plus Demineralized Bone Matrix versus Autograft in Anterior Cervical Fusion: A Prospective Multicenter Study; HS An, JM Simpson, JM Glover, J Stephany. Spine 20 (20): 2211-6, 1995.

Spinal Stenosis: A Historical, Clinical and Radiographic Perspective; HS An, JM Glover. Seminars in Spinal Surgery, 6(2) 1994: 69-77

The Influence of Annulotomy Selection on Disc Competence: A Biochemical, Radiographic and Histologic Analysis; DB Ethier, JE Cain, MJ Yaszemski, WC Lauerman, JM Glover, RP Klucnik, RE Pyka. Spine 19 (18): 2071-6, 1994.

Non-Published Peer-Review Journal Articles:

Peer Reviewed Book Chapter:
Anterior Instrumentation of the Thoracolumbar Spine; HS An, JM Glover. Principles and Techniques of Spine Surgery, 1st Ed., Williams and Wilkins, 1998.

Complications and Revision Surgeries for Adult Spinal Deformities; HS An. JM Glover. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 2d Ed., Bridwell and Dewald, 1996.


Poster Presentations:
Evaluating Lower Back Pain, North Country Healthcare Clinic, Flagstaff, AZ, 11/09.

Evaluation of Low Back Pain in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, North American Spine Society, Boston, MA, 07/92.

Oral Presentations:
Evaluation and Treatment of Spondylolisthesis, North Country Healthcare Clinic, Flagstaff, AZ. 2010.

Vertebral Augmentation of Vertebral Compression Fractures, White Mountain Regional Medical Center, Springerville, AZ, 03/06.

Vertebral Augmentation of Vertebral Compression Fractures, Northern Arizona Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting, Flagstaff, AZ, 01/06.

Vertebral Augmentation of Vertebral Compression Fractures”, Peach Springs, AZ IHS Clinic, 11/05.

Evaluation and Treatment of Thoracolumbar Fractures”, Flagstaff Medical Center Annual Physician CME Conference, 08/05.

Cervical Spine Injuries in Athletes, West Tennessee Coaches Conference, 05/04.

Role of Surgical Intervention in the Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Injuries in Athletes, Southwest Texas State University, 05.97.

Instrumented versus Non-instrumented Fusions of the Lumbar Spine: A Randomized, Prospective Study’, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 02/97.

Instrumented versus Non-instrumented Fusions of the Lumbar Spine: A Randomized, Prospective Study”, North American Spine Society, Vancouver, BC, 10/96.

Evaluation of Low Back Pain, Wisconsin State Medical Society Annual Meeting, 05/94.

The Influence of Annulotomy Selection on Disc Compentence: A Biomechanical, Radiographic, and Histologic Analysis, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, LA, 02/94.

Non-operative Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Medical College of Wisconsin Symposium, 10/93.

The Influence of Annulotomy Selection on Disc Competence: A Biomechanical, Radiographic, and Histologic Analysis, North America Spine Society, San Diego, CA, 10/93.

Evaluation of Low Back Pain in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 02/93.

Patient Testimonials

“I have to say I have been to several physicians in my lifetime but I have never been so pleased with the professionalism and personable experiences I have had at NAO! The staff are always so helpful and informative, and the overall care is A1. A special shout out to Dr. Glover and his staff are wonderful! I could never say thank you enough. Highly recommend!” – T.S.

“Efficiently run, comprehensive services, no rush to overmedicate, and they listen to patient concerns and adjust their advice accordingly. For me, this meant rather than telling me to avoid athletic activity, they suggested ways to accommodate my injury and still participate… Advice I could use, rather than ignore.” – R.G.

“Dr. Glover and his team are amazing! He took my serious situation and had a care plan in place quickly. While I was in the hospital he checked on me daily and kept me informed of the next steps. He answered all my questions and made sure my post-surgical care was top notch. I highly suggest Dr. Glover and Northern AZ Orthopedics.” – Y.G.

“I had chronic back pain which affected my walking creating pain in my legs. I sought medical care from Dr. Glover. He performed lower back surgery. The pain in my legs was immediately alleviated. Thanks to Dr. Glover, I have full use of my back and legs again. A few months following surgery, I enrolled in a yoga certification program which I completed within a year. Pretty good for a 57 years old woman. Dr. Glover and his staff treated me with upmost care.” – A.P.