Michael Glotzbecker, MD

Michael Glotzbecker, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

"I enjoy taking care of patients, and as I have moved through my training realized how much I enjoy taking care of children because of their amazing resiliency."

Medical Services


  • Complex Spine
  • Orthopedics
  • Kyphosis
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spondylosis
  • Trauma


  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery


  • English


  • General Orthopedic Program
  • Spinal Program
  • Orthopedic Trauma Program
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Michael Glotzbecker, MD

Philosophy of Care 

I have wanted to enter medicine as long as I can remember. I enjoy taking care of patients, and as I have moved through my training realized how much I enjoy taking care of children because of their amazing resiliency. Being in the medical field allows me to unite my strengths of interacting with people and participating in scientific research. The ability to be an active educator and clinician scientist is what drew me to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Experience and Education


Undergraduate, Biology

Duke University, 1996-2000

Durham, North Carolina

Undergraduate, History

Duke University, 1996-2000

Durham, North Carolina

Medical School

University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, 2000-2004

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Residency, Orthopedic Surgery

Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program, 2004-2009

Boston, MA

Fellowship, Pediatric Orthopedics

Boston Children's Hospital, 2009-2010

Boston, MA


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional History

•   Active member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of
    North America (POSNA), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) 
•   Member of POSNA Quality, Safety, Value initiative
•   Research interests include early-onset scoliosis, reducing spinal infections and quality improvement
•   Active role in resident and fellow education, as well as mentoring and supervising physician assistants
    and nurse practitioners


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  1. Murphy RF, Emans JB, Troy M, Miller PE, Hresko MT, Karlin LI, Hedequist DJ, Glotzbecker MP. Sagittal plane parameters in growing rod patients following final fusion. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2018 Mar; 27(2):168-175.
  2. Porter DA, Glotzbecker MP, Timothy Hresko M, Hedequist DJ. Deep Surgical Site Infections Following Pediatric Cervical Spine Surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):553-556.
  3. Gomez JA, Grzywna A, Hanstein R, Emans JB, Hresko MT, Hedequist D, Karlin LI, Glotzbecker MP. Staged Growing Rods With Preimplantation of Spinal Anchors for Complex Early Onset Scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):e606-e611.
  4. LaGreca J, Flynn T, Cahill PJ, Samdani A, Vitale MG, El-Hawary R, Smith JT, Phillips JH, Flynn JM, Glotzbecker M, Garg S. Patients Without Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Alerts During VEPTR Implantation Did Not Sustain Neurological Injury During Subsequent Routine Expansions: A Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):e619-e624.
  5. Gomez JA, Grzywna A, Miller PE, Karlin LI, Garg S, Sanders JO, Sturm PF, Sponseller PD, D'Astous JL, Glotzbecker MP. Initial Cast Correction as a Predictor of Treatment Outcome Success for Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):e625-e630.
  6. DeFrancesco CJ, Flynn JM, Smith JT, Luhmann SJ, Sawyer JR, Glotzbecker M, Pahys J, Garg S, Vitale M, Farrington DM, Sturm P. Clinically apparent adverse reactions to intra-wound vancomycin powder in early onset scoliosis are rare. J Child Orthop. 2017 Dec 01; 11(6):414-418.
  7. Glotzbecker MP, St Hilaire TA, Pawelek JB, Thompson GH, Vitale MG. Best Practice Guidelines for Surgical Site Infection Prevention With Surgical Treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Oct 23.
  8. Berry JG, Glotzbecker M, Rodean J, Leahy I, Cox J, Singer SJ, O'Neill M, Hall M, Ferrari L. Perioperative Spending on Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis for Children With Medical Complexity. Pediatrics. 2017 Oct; 140(4).
  9. Park HY, Matsumoto H, Feinberg N, Roye DP, Kanj WW, Betz RR, Cahill PJ, Glotzbecker MP, Luhmann SJ, Garg S, Sawyer JR, Smith JT, Flynn JM, Vitale MG. The Classification for Early-onset Scoliosis (C-EOS) Correlates With the Speed of Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) Proximal Anchor Failure. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Sep; 37(6):381-386.
  10. Kelly BA, Naqvi M, Rademacher ES, Miller PE, Hedequist DJ, Glotzbecker MP, Matheney TH, Shore BJ. Fracture Table Application for Pediatric Femur Fractures: Incidence and Risk Factors Associated With Adverse Outcomes. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Sep; 37(6):e353-e356.
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  12. Tobert DG, Glotzbecker MP, Hresko MT, Karlin LI, Proctor MR, Emans JB, Miller PE, Hedequist DJ. Efficacy of Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring for Pediatric Cervical Spine Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Jul 01; 42(13):974-978.
  13. Livingston KS, Glotzbecker MP, Shore BJ. Pediatric Acute Compartment Syndrome. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2017 May; 25(5):358-364.
  14. Murphy RF, Glotzbecker MP, Hresko MT, Hedequist D. Allograft Bone Use in Pediatric Subaxial Cervical Spine Fusions. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Mar; 37(2):e140-e144.
  15. Berry JG, Glotzbecker M, Rodean J, Leahy I, Hall M, Ferrari L. Comorbidities and Complications of Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis. Pediatrics. 2017 Mar; 139(3).
  16. Li Y, Binkowski L, Grzywna A, Robbins CB, Caird MS, Farley FA, Glotzbecker M. Is Obesity in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Associated With Larger Curves and Worse Surgical Outcomes? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Feb; 42(3):E156-E162.
  17. Shore BJ, DiMauro JP, Spence DD, Miller PE, Glotzbecker MP, Spencer S, Hedequist D. Uniplanar Versus Taylor Spatial Frame External Fixation For Pediatric Diaphyseal Tibia Fractures: A Comparison of Cost and Complications. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Dec; 36(8):821-828.
  18. Livingston K, Glotzbecker M, Miller PE, Hresko MT, Hedequist D, Shore BJ. Pediatric Nonfracture Acute Compartment Syndrome: A Review of 39 Cases. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Oct-Nov; 36(7):685-90.
  19. Amoli MA, Flynn JM, Edmonds EW, Glotzbecker MP, Kelly DM, Sawyer JR. Gender Differences in Pediatric Orthopaedics: What Are the Implications for the Future Workforce? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Sep; 474(9):1973-8.
  20. Glotzbecker MP, Wang K, Waters PM, McCarthy J, Flynn JM, Vitale MG. Quality, Safety, and Value in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Sep; 36(6):549-57.
  21. Upasani VV, Parvaresh KC, Pawelek JB, Miller PE, Thompson GH, Skaggs DL, Emans JB, Glotzbecker MP. Age at Initiation and Deformity Magnitude Influence Complication Rates of Surgical Treatment With Traditional Growing Rods in Early-Onset Scoliosis. Spine Deform. 2016 Sep; 4(5):344-350.
  22. Gomez JA, Hresko MT, Glotzbecker MP. Nonsurgical Management of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2016 Aug; 24(8):555-64.
  23. Upasani VV, Ketwaroo PD, Estroff JA, Warf BC, Emans JB, Glotzbecker MP. Prenatal diagnosis and assessment of congenital spinal anomalies: Review for prenatal counseling. World J Orthop. 2016 Jul 18; 7(7):406-17.
  24. Grzywna AM, Miller PE, Glotzbecker MP, Emans JB. Offset layered closure reduces deep wound infection in early-onset scoliosis surgery. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):361-8.
  25. Allar BG, Hedequist DJ, Miller PE, Glotzbecker MP, Spencer SA, Shore BJ. Treatment outcomes after insufficiency femoral diaphyseal fractures in nonambulatory children. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):331-7.
  26. Saadat E, Vargas SO, Anderson M, Glotzbecker M. Pediatric Intra-Articular Localized Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor Presenting as an Acutely Irritable Hip: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connect. 2016 Jul-Sep; 6(3):e60.
  27. Glotzbecker MP, Gomez JA, Miller PE, Troy MJ, Skaggs DL, Vitale MG, Flynn JM, Barrett KK, Pace GI, Atuahene BN, Hedequist DJ. Management of Spinal Implants in Acute Pediatric Surgical Site Infections: A Multicenter Study. Spine Deform. 2016 Jul; 4(4):277-282.
  28. Kelly BA, Shore BJ, Bae DS, Hedequist DJ, Glotzbecker MP. Pediatric forearm fractures with in situ intramedullary implants. J Child Orthop. 2016 Aug; 10(4):321-7.
  29. Glotzbecker MP, Shore BJ, Fletcher ND, Larson AN, Hydorn CR, Sawyer JR. Early Career Experience of Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellows: What to Expect and Need for Their Services. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Jun; 36(4):429-32.
  30. Upasani VV, Miller PE, Emans JB, Smith JT, Betz RR, Flynn JM, Glotzbecker MP. VEPTR Implantation After Age 3 is Associated With Similar Radiographic Outcomes With Fewer Complications. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Apr-May; 36(3):219-25.
  31. Spence D, DiMauro JP, Miller PE, Glotzbecker MP, Hedequist DJ, Shore BJ. Osteonecrosis After Femoral Neck Fractures in Children and Adolescents: Analysis of Risk Factors. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Mar; 36(2):111-6.
  32. Garg S, Cyr M, St Hilaire T, Flynn T, Carry P, Glotzbecker M, Smith JT, Sawyer J, Pahys J, Luhmann S, Flynn JM, El-Hawary R, Vitale M. Variability of Surgical Site Infection With VEPTR at Eight Centers: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis. Spine Deform. 2016 Jan; 4(1):59-64.
  33. Dorney K, Kimia A, Hannon M, Hennelly K, Meehan WP, Proctor M, Mooney DP, Glotzbecker M, Mannix R. Outcomes of pediatric patients with persistent midline cervical spine tenderness and negative imaging result after trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Nov; 79(5):822-7.
  34. Kramer DE, Glotzbecker MP, Shore BJ, Zurakowski D, Yen YM, Kocher MS, Micheli LJ. Results of Surgical Management of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Ankle in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Oct-Nov; 35(7):725-33.
  35. Tauchi R, Tsuji T, Cahill PJ, Flynn JM, Flynn JM, Glotzbecker M, El-Hawary R, Heflin JA, Imagama S, Joshi AP, Nohara A, Ramirez N, Roye DP, Saito T, Sawyer JR, Smith JT, Kawakami N. Reliability analysis of Cobb angle measurements of congenital scoliosis using X-ray and 3D-CT images. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2016 Jan; 26(1):53-7.
  36. Olson JC, Takahashi A, Glotzbecker MP, Snyder BD. Extent of Spine Deformity Predicts Lung Growth and Function in Rabbit Model of Early Onset Scoliosis. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0136941.
  37. Glotzbecker MP, Wasser AM, Troy MJ, Proctor M, Emans JB. Neonatal C1 TO C2 osteomyelitis leading to instability and neurological decline: novel treatment with occiput-C1-C2 fusion and occiput to thorax growing rods. A case report. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Jun; 35(4):379-84.
  38. Heyworth BE, Shore BJ, Donohue KS, Miller PE, Kocher MS, Glotzbecker MP. Management of pediatric patients with synovial fluid white blood-cell counts of 25,000 to 75,000 cells/mm³ after aspiration of the hip. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Mar 04; 97(5):389-95.
  39. Upasani VV, Hedequist DJ, Hresko MT, Karlin LI, Emans JB, Glotzbecker MP. Spinal deformity progression after posterior segmental instrumentation and fusion for idiopathic scoliosis. J Child Orthop. 2015 Feb; 9(1):29-37.
  40. Fletcher ND, Larson AN, Glotzbecker MP, Shore BJ, Hydorn CR. A critical appraisal of the first-year experience of 5 pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Sep; 34(6):655-9.
  41. Glotzbecker M, Johnston C, Miller P, Smith J, Perez-Grueso FS, Woon R, Flynn J, Gold M, Garg S, Redding G, Cahill P, Emans J. Is there a relationship between thoracic dimensions and pulmonary function in early-onset scoliosis? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Sep 01; 39(19):1590-5.
  42. Vitale MG, Skaggs DL, Pace GI, Wright ML, Matsumoto H, Anderson RC, Brockmeyer DL, Dormans JP, Emans JB, Erickson MA, Flynn JM, Glotzbecker MP, Ibrahim KN, Lewis SJ, Luhmann SJ, Mendiratta A, Richards BS, Sanders JO, Shah SA, Smith JT, Song KM, Sponseller PD, Sucato DJ, Roye DP, Lenke LG. Best Practices in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring in Spine Deformity Surgery: Development of an Intraoperative Checklist to Optimize Response. Spine Deform. 2014 Sep; 2(5):333-339.
  43. Glotzbecker MP, Wasser AM, Hresko MT, Karlin LI, Emans JB, Hedequist DJ. Efficacy of nonfusion treatment for subacute and chronic atlanto-axial rotatory fixation in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jul-Aug; 34(5):490-5.
  44. Garg S, LaGreca J, St Hilaire T, Gao D, Glotzbecker M, Li Y, Smith JT, Flynn J. Wound complications of vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib incisions. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Jun 01; 39(13):E777-81.
  45. Glotzbecker MP, Gold M, Miller P, Akbarnia BA, Johnston C, Sanchez Perez Grueso F, Shah SA, Emans J. Distraction-Based Treatment Maintains Predicted Thoracic Dimensions in Early-Onset Scoliosis. Spine Deform. 2014 May; 2(3):203-207.
  46. Glotzbecker MP, Garg S, Akbarnia BA, Vitale M, Hillaire TS, Joshi A. Surgeon practices regarding infection prevention for growth friendly spinal procedures. J Child Orthop. 2014 May; 8(3):245-50.
  47. Astur N, Flynn JM, Flynn JM, Ramirez N, Glotzbecker M, van Bosse HJ, Hoashi JS, d'Amato CR, Kelly DM, Warner WC, Sawyer JR. The efficacy of rib-based distraction with VEPTR in the treatment of early-onset scoliosis in patients with arthrogryposis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jan; 34(1):8-13.
  48. Gold M, Dombek M, Miller PE, Emans JB, Glotzbecker MP. Prediction of thoracic dimensions and spine length on the basis of individual pelvic dimensions: validation of the use of pelvic inlet width obtained by radiographs compared with computed tomography. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Jan 01; 39(1):74-80.
  49. Montgomery RA, Hresko MT, Kalish LA, Gold M, Li Y, Haus B, Glotzbecker M, Berthonnaud E. Spondylolisthesis: Intra-rater and Inter-rater Reliabilities of Radiographic Sagittal Spinopelvic Parameters Using Standard Picture Archiving and Communication System Measurement Tools. Spine Deform. 2013 Nov; 1(6):412-418.
  50. Shore BJ, Glotzbecker MP, Zurakowski D, Gelbard E, Hedequist DJ, Matheney TH. Acute compartment syndrome in children and teenagers with tibial shaft fractures: incidence and multivariable risk factors. J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Nov; 27(11):616-21.
  51. Glotzbecker MP, Estroff JA, Curtis TA, Kalish LA, Spencer SA, Parad RB, Kasser JR, Mahan ST. Prospective evaluation of a prenatal sonographic clubfoot classification system. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2013; 34(4):236-40.
  52. Glotzbecker MP, Vitale MG, Shea KG, Flynn JM. Surgeon practices regarding infection prevention for pediatric spinal surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Oct-Nov; 33(7):694-9.
  53. Glotzbecker MP, Bae DS, Links AC, Waters PM. Fishtail deformity of the distal humerus: a report of 15 cases. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Sep; 33(6):592-7.
  54. Glotzbecker MP, Gold M, Puder M, Hresko MT. Scoliosis after chest wall resection. J Child Orthop. 2013 Oct; 7(4):301-7.
  55. Vitale MG, Riedel MD, Glotzbecker MP, Matsumoto H, Roye DP, Akbarnia BA, Anderson RC, Brockmeyer DL, Emans JB, Erickson M, Flynn JM, Lenke LG, Lewis SJ, Luhmann SJ, McLeod LM, Newton PO, Nyquist AC, Richards BS, Shah SA, Skaggs DL, Smith JT, Sponseller PD, Sucato DJ, Zeller RD, Saiman L. Building consensus: development of a Best Practice Guideline (BPG) for surgical site infection (SSI) prevention in high-risk pediatric spine surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jul-Aug; 33(5):471-8.
  56. Glotzbecker MP, Riedel MD, Vitale MG, Matsumoto H, Roye DP, Erickson M, Flynn JM, Saiman L. What's the evidence? Systematic literature review of risk factors and preventive strategies for surgical site infection following pediatric spine surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jul-Aug; 33(5):479-87.
  57. Spencer HT, Sokol LO, Glotzbecker MP, Grant FD, d'Hemecourt PA, Micheli LJ, Treves ST. Detection of pars injury by SPECT in patients younger than age 10 with low back pain. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jun; 33(4):383-8.
  58. Li Y, Heyworth BE, Glotzbecker M, Seeley M, Suppan CA, Gagnier J, VanderHave KL, Caird MS, Farley FA, Hedequist D. Comparison of titanium elastic nail and plate fixation of pediatric subtrochanteric femur fractures. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Apr-May; 33(3):232-8.
  59. Glotzbecker MP, Emans JB. Commentary: Does pedicle screw density matter in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis? Spine J. 2013 Apr; 13(4):382-3.
  60. Glotzbecker MP, Shore B, Matheney T, Gold M, Hedequist D. Alternative technique for open reduction and fixation of displaced pediatric medial epicondyle fractures: author response to letter to the editor. J Child Orthop. 2012 Jul; 6(3):257.
  61. Glotzbecker MP, Shore B, Matheney T, Gold M, Hedequist D. Alternative technique for open reduction and fixation of displaced pediatric medial epicondyle fractures. J Child Orthop. 2012 Jun; 6(2):105-9.
  62. Li Y, Glotzbecker M, Hedequist D. Surgical site infection after pediatric spinal deformity surgery. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2012 Feb 09.
  63. Glotzbecker MP, Kocher MS, Sundel RP, Shore BJ, Spencer SA, Kasser JR. Primary lyme arthritis of the pediatric hip. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Oct-Nov; 31(7):787-90.
  64. Glotzbecker MP, Estroff JA, Spencer SA, Bosley JC, Parad RB, Kasser JR, Mahan ST. Prenatally diagnosed clubfeet: comparing ultrasonographic severity with objective clinical outcomes. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Sep; 30(6):606-11.
  65. Glotzbecker MP, Bono CM, Wood KB, Harris MB. Postoperative spinal epidural hematoma: a systematic review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 May 01; 35(10):E413-20.
  66. Glotzbecker MP, Shin EK, Chen NC, Labow BI, Waters PM. Salvage reconstruction of congenital pseudarthrosis of the clavicle with vascularized fibular graft after failed operative treatment: a case report. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Jun; 29(4):411-5.
  67. Arkader A, Glotzbecker M, Hosalkar HS, Dormans JP. Primary musculoskeletal Langerhans cell histiocytosis in children: an analysis for a 3-decade period. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Mar; 29(2):201-7.
  68. Glotzbecker MP, Bono CM, Wood KB, Harris MB. Thromboembolic disease in spinal surgery: a systematic review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Feb 01; 34(3):291-303.
  69. Glotzbecker MP, Bono CM, Harris MB, Brick G, Heary RF, Wood KB. Surgeon practices regarding postoperative thromboembolic prophylaxis after high-risk spinal surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Dec 15; 33(26):2915-21.
  70. Zhao XF, Young KH, Frank D, Goradia A, Glotzbecker MP, Pan W, Kersun LS, Leahey A, Dormans JP, Choi JK. Pediatric primary bone lymphoma-diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: morphologic and immunohistochemical characteristics of 10 cases. Am J Clin Pathol. 2007 Jan; 127(1):47-54.
  71. Wills BP, Auerbach JD, Glotzbecker MP, Drummond DS, Dormans JP. Change in lordosis at the occipitocervical junction following posterior occipitocervical fusion in skeletally immature children. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2006 Sep 15; 31(20):2304-9.
  72. Glotzbecker MP, Kersun LS, Choi JK, Wills BP, Schaffer AA, Dormans JP. Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of bone in children. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2006 Mar; 88(3):583-94.
  73. Glotzbecker MP, Dormans JP, Pawel BR, Wills BP, Joshi Y, Elkan M, Hodinka RL. Langerhans cell histiocytosis and human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6), an analysis by real-time polymerase chain reaction. J Orthop Res. 2006 Mar; 24(3):313-20.
  74. Glotzbecker MP, Carpentieri DF, Dormans JP. Langerhans cell histiocytosis: a primary viral infection of bone? Human herpes virus 6 latent protein detected in lymphocytes from tissue of children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2004 Jan-Feb; 24(1):123-9.
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