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Phillip Glivar, M.D.


Dr. Glivar grew up in the heart of the midwest, both in Ohio and Illinois. After attending college at Northwestern University, and medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he moved out west to complete a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Loma Linda University. He spent a year on the East Coast in North Carolina doing a fellowship in Adult Spinal Surgery at Duke University. His training included exposure to spinal pathology, including degenerative, deformity, and traumatic. 

He has experience in various surgical techniques, including traditional open procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and navigated and robotic technologies. His fellowship program featured an integrated program between Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery. Dr. Glivar enjoys the complexity and challenge of Spine care and the ability to impact his patients’ quality of life significantly.

Dr. Glivar has always had a passion for learning and pursuing his interests to the fullest. His early background included various sports, practicing competitive powerlifting, and maintaining an extensive exercise and fitness regimen. All have aligned his interests in medicine toward musculoskeletal health.

Dr. Glivar is Board Eligible in Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society.

Dr. Glivar continues to pursue his interests in health and fitness, travel, playing guitar, and learning new things outside of work. He is close with his family and cherishes his time spent with them.


Medical Degree

  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, IL


Surgical Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Loma Linda University
    Loma Linda, CA



  • Adult Spine Surgery, Duke University
    Durham, NC


Licensure & Certification

  • State Board of California

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Eligible


Membership & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • North American Spine Society