Scott Gregory Pritzlaff, M.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship

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Pain Medicine


Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-7246

Cannery Building

Spine Center - Pain Medicine
3301 C St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-7246

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Pritzlaff's philosophy is to deliver unsurpassed patient-focused, compassionate care in pain medicine. Understanding that chronic pain is an individualized experience, he strives to tailor a treatment plan that works for each patient's unique situation. Having served as a Navy combat physician, he has a passion for treating military veterans and those affected by trauma. 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pritzlaff is an adult interventional pain specialist with a practice focused on opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve and dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and innovative use of ultrasound for pain procedures. He has extensive expertise in treating patients who have chronic pain after spine and lower extremity surgery. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Pritzlaff's research interests focus on emerging technologies to treat peripheral neuropathic pain. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the fields of peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) and ultrasound guidance for pain procedures. He is an author and editor of the textbook, Spinal Cord Stimulation: Percutaneous Implantation Techniques (2023).


Pain Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.S., Biology, Wayne State University, Detroit MI 2002

Medical School

M.D., Georgetown Univeristy, Washington DC 2006

Other School

U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon Training, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola FL 2008


Transitional, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda MD 2006-2007


Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA 2011-2014


Clinical Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford CA 2014-2015

"Top Doctor" in Pain Medicine, Sacramento Magazine, 2022

Educator of the Year, American Society of Pain and Neuroscience, 2022

Faculty Teacher of the Year, Pain Fellowship Program, UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, 2020, 2022, 2023

Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Chronic Pain Rotation, UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, 2020, 2021, 2023

Miroslawa T. Jasinska Pediatric Anesthesia Award, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, 2014

Donald P. Todd Pain Center Resident Award, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, 2013

Kreis P, Pritzlaff S, Copenhaver D, Fishman S, eds. Spinal Cord Stimulation: Percutaneous Implantation Techniques. 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2023. 

Aggarwal AK, Ottestad E, Pfaff KE, Huai-Yu Li A, Xu L, Derby R, Hecht D, Hah J, Pritzlaff S, Prabhakar N, Krane E, D’Souza G, Hoydonckx Y. Review of Ultrasound-Guided Procedures in the Management of Chronic Pain. Anesthesiology Clinics 2023:S1932227523000034.

Strand N, D'Souza RS, Hagedorn JM, Pritzlaff S, Sayed D, Azeem N, Abd-Elsayed A, Escobar A, Huntoon MA, Lam CM, Deer TR. Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines from the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience for the Use of Implantable Peripheral Nerve Stimulation in the Treatment of Chronic Pain. J Pain Res. 2022 Aug 23;15:2483-2504. doi:10.2147/JPR.S362204. PMID:36039168.

Kalia H, Pritzlaff S, Li AH, Ottestad E, Gulati A, Makous J, Chakravarthy K. Application of the novel Nalu™ Neurostimulation System for peripheral nerve stimulation. Pain Manag. 2022 Aug 10. doi:10.2217/pmt-2021-0050. Epub ahead of print. PMID:35946308.

Tieppo Francio V, Gill B, Hagedorn JM, Pagan Rosado R, Pritzlaff S, Furnish T, Kohan L, Sayed D. Factors involved in applicant interview selection and ranking for chronic pain medicine fellowship. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2022 Jun 27;47(10):592–7. doi:10.1136/rapm-2022-103538. Epub ahead of print. PMID:35760514.

Lee DW, Pritzlaff S, Jung MJ, Ghosh P, Hagedorn JM, Tate J, Scarfo K, Strand N, Chakravarthy K, Sayed D, Deer TR, Amirdelfan K. Latest Evidence-Based Application for Radiofrequency Neurotomy (LEARN): Best Practice Guidelines from the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN). J Pain Res. 2021 Sep 8;14:2807-2831. doi:10.2147/JPR.S325665. PMID:34526815.

Leong MS, Pritzlaff S, Ghosh P. Chapter 1- The Need to Know. In: Deer TR, Pope JE eds. Year One of Practice Transition - The Necessary Guide to Success. New York: Elsevier; 2021. 

Singh N, DeMesa C, Pritzlaff S, Jung M, Green C. Implementation of Virtual Multiple Mini-Interviews for Fellowship Recruitment. Pain Med. 2021 Aug 6;22(8):1717-1721. doi:10.1093/pm/pnab141. PMID:33871655.

Jung MJ, Pritzlaff SG. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation of Complex Upper Extremity Amputation Pain May Be Variable. A A Pract. 2021 Apr 1;15(4):e01441. doi:10.1213/XAA.0000000000001441. PMID:33793432.

Hanyu-Deutmeyer A, Pritzlaff SG. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for the 21st Century: Sural, Superficial Peroneal, and Tibial Nerves. Pain Med. 2020 Aug 1;21(Suppl 1):S64-S67. doi:10.1093/pm/pnaa202. PMID:32804232.