Michael Gallizzi, MD, MS Spine Surgery


Undergraduate Degree
B.S. in Economics and a Minor in Classical Archaeology from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

Medical School
M.D. with Distinction in Research and John Sheinin Research Award Winner 2009 from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL

Orthopedic Training

Fellowship-Minimally Invasive Adult Spinal Surgery
Duke University in Durham, NC

Board Certified

Originally from the Ann Arbor, MI area, Dr. Michael Gallizzi joined Cornerstone Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in August 2018. He is fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive Adult Spinal Surgery from Duke University. Dr. Gallizzi uses minimally-invasive, state-of-the-art, techniques to minimize the size of the surgical incision and damage to surrounding muscle, accelerating the recovery process. These techniques can be used to treat a number of conditions such as Disc Herniations, Degenerative Scoliosis, as well as Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Arthritis.

In addition, Dr. Gallizzi routinely performs neck and lower back surgeries including revision of previous surgeries to help patients achieve pain relief and improve function even when other surgeons say, “There is nothing more that can be done.” Dr. Gallizzi is actively involved in teaching other surgeons these techniques nationally, as well as biomechanical research – developing new surgical techniques to improve the outcomes of his patients. “I am proud to be a part of the Denver community helping to take care of Colorado’s active population,” Dr. Gallizzi said.

Prior to working at Cornerstone, Dr. Gallizzi served as a Peer Reviewer for the Global Spine Journal – Thieme Medical Publishers, and was a Consulting/Design Surgeon for Arthrex, Consulting Surgeon for Acuity Surgical, Education/Consulting Surgeon for Globus Medical, Education/Research Surgeon for Medtronic, and Supply Chain Physician Advisor for Healthtrust. Dr. Gallizzi has also received various awards and accomplishments to include being the Co-Founder of ASPIRE 501c3, and receiving 4th place abstract in 2008, and 2nd place abstract in 2007 at The Midwest Pain Society Annual Fall Meeting at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Gallizzi is married to his college sweetheart, and they enjoy spending time with their rescue dogs, Hazel and Greta. As an avid musician, Dr. Gallizzi can be found playing the guitar, piano, or alto saxophone during his spare time. He also enjoys fly fishing, hiking, skiing, and participating in shooting sports, as well as watching soccer, college football, and sports car racing.