Spine specialist Dr. Michael Gallizzi joins staff at Steadman Clinic

Dr. Michael Gallizzi/Courtesy Photo

Dr. Michael Gallizzi, a Michigan native who specializes in minimally invasive, robotic, and endoscopic adult spine surgery, will join the Steadman Clinic’s team of surgeons on March 14. Dr. Gallizzi’s appointment was announced by Dr. Marc J. Philippon, Managing Partner of The Steadman Clinic and President of The Steadman Philipppon Research Institute (SPRI) and Dan Drawbaugh, CEO of The Steadman Clinic and SPRI.

Gallizzi comes to Vail after spending the past three years practicing at Skyridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado, and nearly six years practicing medicine in Colorado. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School. Gallizzi completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Missouri and also served as a clinical instructor in adult spinal orthopedic surgery as a fellow at Duke University.

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Gallizzi to our team of world-class orthopedic surgeons here at Steadman Clinic,” said Drawbaugh. “Dr. Gallizzi is known for innovative and cutting-edge surgical techniques and treatments that are changing and improving the field of spinal surgery, revisions, and repair.



“Dr. Gallizzi is a welcome addition to our surgical team here at the Steadman Clinic,” said Philippon. best procedures and state-of-the-art technology to help our patients recover quickly and resume normal, active lives.”

Gallizzi is eager to begin his work at the Steadman Clinic.



“The Steadman Clinic is everything I seek in my work: quality, innovation, research, application and results,” said Gallizzi. “For my style of practice and what I’m trying to do in the industry, especially with robotics, it’s a great fit.”

“It’s truly humbling and I’m grateful to have this opportunity,” continued Gallizzi. “During my residency training, I read literature published by all the physicians at the Steadman Clinic. This is the point of my specialty. Being part of it is a privilege. I am honored to work with valued partners – to refer patients and provide support in spine care at a very high level.

The son of a first-generation American who enrolled in pharmacy school and ran a family pharmacy in downtown Detroit for many years, Gallizzi had the field of orthopedics in his sights from his youngest age. After being involved in a serious bicycle accident with his mother when he was just two years old, he became fascinated with this form of medicine as he watched his mother undergo 16 different orthopedic surgeries during the first 18 years of his life. his life.

“As I watched my mother go through all of these surgeries and procedures almost every year, I saw the value in what someone could do to help others recover as much as they could in life,” said Gallizzi. “It was my introduction to orthopedic surgery.”

At his father’s request, Gallizzi first earned a degree in economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After graduating from Michigan, Gallizzi began medical school at Rosalind Franklin/Chicago Medical School, where he simultaneously earned a master’s degree in healthcare management along with his medical degree.

His five-year residency at the University of Missouri was motivated by his desire to study and train at a school that offered a unique learning facility.

“The University of Missouri was one of the first orthopedic programs in the United States with a dedicated, stand-alone orthopedic hospital on its grounds,” Gallizzi said. “It was an incredible facility and provided young doctors like me with a tremendous opportunity to gain the first-hand experience we seek in residency.”

Working in Missouri—and later while on fellowship at Duke—with physicians and surgeons who also served as team physicians for their respective SEC and ACC teams, gave Gallizzi his first association with sports medicine. It was also at Duke that he first met one of his new Steadman Clinic colleagues, Dr. Jonathan Godin. Godin was a resident at Duke while Gallizzi served his fellowship. Gallizzi also worked with another Steadman Clinic surgeon, Dr. Raymond Kim, while in Denver.

Gallizzi is a cancer survivor and is married to his college sweetheart. They are both involved in animal rescue organizations and have two rescue dogs.

For more information, contact Lynda Sampson, Vice President of External Affairs at [email protected] or 970-479-1563.

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