Melody Glenn

Melody J. Glenn, MD, MFA

Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine & Psychiatry
Medical Director, BUMCT Base Hospital
Director, Medical Humanities, UA College of Medicine-Tucson


1501 N. Campbell Ave.
AHSL 4161E
(520) 626-8490

Dr. Melody Glenn is a practicing addiction, emergency, and emergency medical services (EMS) physician. She earned her medical degree from the University of Southern California, completed her emergency medicine residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix and her fellowship in EMS at the University of California San Francisco, and earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at Mills College in Oakland. She is an assistant professor at the UA College of Medicine in Tucson and serves as faculty in the emergency medicine residency as well the addiction medicine and EMS fellowships. She is the base hospital medical director at Banner/UA Tucson, serving as the medical director for several fire departments in the rural borderlands of Southern Arizona. She is also the Director of Medical Humanities at the College of Medicine, where she develops curricula and teaches seminars in narrative medicine. Her research and national presentations focus on the intersection of addiction, EMS, and public health policy. She is also the author of several articles that merge journalism with personal essays to address various themes in healthcare and has just finished her first book. 


MD: 2013, Keck School of Medicine, USC, Los Angeles, CA
MFA: 2021, Mills College, Oakland, CA
2016, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
2017, Emergency Medical Services & Disaster Medicine, UC San Francisco

Selected Recent Publications

Glenn MJ, Rice AD, Primeau K, et al. "Refusals After Prehospital Administration of Naloxone during the COVID-19 Pandemic." Prehosp Emerg Care. 2021;25(1):46-54.
Davis CS, Carr DH, Glenn MJ, Samuels EA. "Legal Authority for Emergency Medical Services to Increase Access to Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder." Ann Emerg Med. 2021;78(1):102-108.
Hodroge SS, Glenn M, Breyre A, et al. "Adult Patients with Respiratory Distress: Current Evidence-based Recommendations for Prehospital Care." West J Emerg Med. 2020;21(4):849-857.
Glenn M, Zoph O, Weidenaar K, et al. "State Regulation of Community Paramedicine Programs: A National Analysis." Prehosp Emerg Care. 2018;22(2):244-251.


Board Certification: 
2017, Emergency Medical Services
Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
Banner - University Medical Center South