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Michael D. Jackson M.D., FAAPMR

Michael D. Jackson M.D., FAAPMR


Michael D. Jackson, M.D., FAAPMR is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty certification in sports medicine. As a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation he has been practicing occupational and sports medicine for 20 years. As a leading interventional orthopedic and pain recovery physician in the Greater Midwest, Dr. Jackson is specialty-trained in the Regenexx procedures.

Dr. Jackson’s work at Regenexx focuses on providing pain recovery. Simply managing pain resulting from musculoskeletal conditions fails to address the patients’ overall health and wellness. As a result, Dr. Jackson works with patients to improve biomechanics and reduce disability, thus improving their physical function and allowing them to return to many normal daily activities. He brings his extensive experience in pain recovery to Harbor View where he uses the highest level of evidence-based medical technology and therapies available in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

sports medicine

Dr. Jackson is a native of Flint, Michigan, where at the age of six he developed the desire to become a doctor. While playing football as a high school senior at Flint Southwestern, he read an article about Clarence L. Shields, Jr., M.D., a black orthopedic surgeon serving as the team physician for the Los Angeles Rams. The article not only confirmed Dr. Jackson’s choice of careers, it kindled his life-long passion for sports medicine. Dr. Jackson still uses the Shields Knee Brace for dynamic patellar stabilization as a way of honoring Dr. Shields’ influence on the direction of his career.

Dr. Jackson attended Albion College in Michigan, where he played football and graduated in 1985 with a B.A. in biology. He earned his M.D. from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine in 1990 and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Medical College of Ohio in 1994. During his residency, he began his sports medicine experience working with the team physicians at the University of Toledo. Following his residency, Dr. Jackson completed fellowship training in sports medicine and electrodiagnostics at Michigan State University, where he served as a team physician for all varsity sports. Since completing fellowship, Dr. Jackson has served as a team physician for Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Marquette University in Milwaukee, and Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y. He has also had the privilege of providing coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and NCAA Frozen Four Men’s Hockey tournament as a site physician.

occupational medicine

Building on his experience in sports medicine, Dr. Jackson began working for CASE Corporation in Racine Wisconsin as a plant physician in 1998. Shortly after being spun off from General Motors in 1999, Delphi Harrison Thermal in Buffalo, New York, recruited Dr. Jackson to join them as a plant medical director. During his five years in Buffalo, he served as both plant and divisional medical director. In 2004, after Delphi’s realignment, he was transferred to Troy, Michigan, where he initially served as divisional medical director for two divisions, Thermal and Interior, and Saginaw Steering. During his last year with Delphi, Dr. Jackson shared the responsibilities of global corporate medical director. He relocated to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2007 as the founding physician of Mercy Care Occupational Health Partners, and he served as company physician for a wide range of employers in the area. In 2012, Dr. Jackson moved his practice to Des Moines, Iowa, where he now works with Regenexx practicing occupational medicine and sports medicine using interventional orthopedics.


In his work at Regenexx, Dr. Jackson draws on his experiences in sports and occupational medicine to offer state-of-the-art pain-recovery services. He uses the newest medical innovations such as musculoskeletal ultrasound and the Regenexx procedures including prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma treatments, and stem-cell injections.


In addition to his passion for physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Jackson likes to play golf, watch movies, and join the Michigan State Spartan Nation as they invade sporting venues across the United States. Above all he values his family. He lives in West Des Moines with his wife Ariane. They have two children, Anissa Jackson-Brown and Mychal D. Jackson, II, and a dog named Spartacus.