Dr. James Glover, MD

Dr. James Glover, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 57
Dr. James Glover, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Flagstaff, AZ and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from University Of Texas Medical Branch At Galveston in 1986 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

1485 N Turquoise Dr Ste 200

Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact Information

(928) 774-7757

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Golden Rule
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more than 88% of peers
Low Back Pain
more than 86% of peers
Back Pain
more than 84% of peers

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Dr. Glover's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Glover "Dr. Glover is a leading doctor in helping people regain their back health in Northern Arizona. An expert in the Spine and Pain Center, Dr. Glover brings more than 25 years of spine surgical experience to this region. He is fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery and is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Glover is a leader in many advanced spine procedures to help restore back health: Some of the more common are: Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) Spinal Fusion Artificial disc replacement of lumbar spine Laminectomy Dr. Glover relocated to Flagstaff in 2005 after spending 12 years as an Air Force physician mostly in San Antonio, Texas and seven years in private practice in West Tennessee. In 2015, Dr. Glover was named Physician of the Year and received the 2015 Nathan Avery Physician of the Year award from Flagstaff Medical Center. He was the 22nd physician to be named Physician of the Year for exemplifying the organization's mission, vision and values and working in partnership with the hospital to provide excellence to patients and the community. Dr. Glover is an avid scuba diver, backpacker and climber. He and his wife, Christine, love the mountain environment that Flagstaff has to offer."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Glover "I support my patients' decisions by using a shared-decision making approach by taking into account their preferences, needs and values.

I educate my patients' on how their wellness can have an influence on the success of a recommended treatment approach and how they can improve their wellness to achieve positive outcome.

I use active listening skills to make sure I have the full understanding of what my patient's concerns, problems and expectations are to accurately diagnosis and prescribe a treatment plan.  I believe in providing safe, effective, patient centered, efficient, timely and equitable care to all of my patients.

I like to use electronic education sources when available to engage my patients in their learning about their problem

I adhere to the four virtues that every physician should have: integrity, compassion, self-effacement and self-sacrifice and the two core principles of medical care: beneficence and respect for patient autonomy."


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4  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

77  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bunion
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphosis
  • Limb Pain
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Still's Disease
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Wrist Fracture


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50  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Disc Replacement


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University of Texas / Austin Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • University Of Texas Medical Branch At Galveston
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Wright St U/Wright Patterson Air Force Base Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Wilford Hall USAF Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Med College Wi
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Glover has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Glover's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Glover to family and friends
4 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (4)

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Dr. Glover's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes
Dr. Glover Says:

I value and appreciate my patients' feedback as this is the ultimate assessment of how well I perform as a physician and surgeon and helps me to learn from my patients and make the necessary changes to improve the patient experience and improve outcomes and my own delivery of care.  An important part of improving healthcare quality is what the patient has to say about how their care was provided professionally,


Patient Comments (3)

Decided in December major surgery was needed. The holidays were coming up so the Dr said it would have to be after the first of the year. Asked if Feb would be ok cause I could get help then. He said that was fine and he would make a note of it. I called mid January to make sure it was still a go...more
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Hello, JoAnne. We take poor reviews very seriously and do try to reach out to our reviewers after the post. I believe you received a phone call from a member of our Leadership team as well as this surgeon. Our team of physicians strive tirelessly to provide every patient with hands-on, compassionate care. We apologize you feel you had a bad experience, which contrasts with the high standards of service excellence we aim for with every patient. Please call 928-226-2936 to discuss with us more.

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Our apologies that you feel you had an experience that did not meet your satisfaction, as we strive to do what is best and right for all of our patients. We welcome the opportunity to personally discuss this experience with you in order to continually improve providing the best care possible. Call or stop in any time to discuss this with any member of the Leadership team here. You can reach us at 928-226-2936. Hope to hear from you.

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I could not have found a better Doctor if I searched the world over. I had very old hardware in my back (26 yrs) that was permanent, and a disc below that had slipped forward, other spinal specialist only offered physical therapy and pain meds. Dr. Glover listened to what I had to say, view my...more
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