Scott Pritzlaff, M.D.

Scott Gregory Pritzlaff, M.D.


Pain Medicine



  • Assistant Clinical Professor


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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. 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pritzlaff's clinical interests including opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve stimulation, and innovative use of ultrasound for pain procedures. As a former Navy combat physician, he also has a passion for treating military veterans and those affected by trauma.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Pritzlaff's research interests focus on emerging technologies to treat peripheral neuropathic pain. He is interested in developing novel uses of percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation to treat chronic nerve pain. 


Pain Medicine


M.D., Georgetown Univeristy, Washington DC 2006

Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola FL 2008

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

Internship: 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

Board Certifications

American Board of Anesthesiology,

American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine,

World Institute of Pain, Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist (CIPS),

World Institute of Pain, Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP), 2018

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pain Medicine

American Society of Anesthesiologists

California Society of Anesthesiologists

California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

North American Neuromodulation Society

World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography

Honors and Awards

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

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

Navy Commendation Medal: awarded for exemplary service during tour as U.S. Naval flight surgeon, 2011

Richard E. Luehrs Award, United States Navy Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year, 2009

Bridget Faucet MacNamara Award: outstanding medical student in anesthesia, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2005

Select Recent Publications

Carinci A.J., Pritzlaff S., Moore A. Recommendations for Classes of Medications in Older Adults. In: Effective Treatments for Pain in the Older Patient. Springer. New York, NY; 2019.

Khan JS, Krane EJ, Higgs M, Pritzlaff S, Hoffinger S, Ottestad E. A Case Report of Combined Ultrasound and Fluoroscopic-Guided Percutaneous Radiofrequency Lesioning of the Obturator and Femoral Articular Branches in the Treatment of Persistent Hip Pain in a Pediatric Patient. Pain Practice. September 2018. doi:10.1111/papr.12724.

Pritzlaff SG, Hah J, Fishman MA, et al. Anatomy of Neuromodulatory Targets: Central Nervous System and the Periphery. In: Advanced Procedures for Pain Management. Philadelphia, PA: Springer. 2017.

Fishman MA, Pritzlaff SG, Newmark JL. Common Pain Syndromes. In: Longnecker D, et al, eds. Anesthesiology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 2017.

Zibaitis A, Walsh T, August DA, et al. The Cardiovascular System. In: Matthes K, et al, eds. Pediatric Anesthesiology Board Review. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2015.

Pritzlaff SG, Alston TA. Anesthesia. In: Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology. 1st ed. New York, NY: Macmillan. 2014.

Pritzlaff S, Carinci AJ, Christo PJ. Targeting systemic inflammation in patients with obesity-related pain: Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome: an often overlooked but treatable condition. J Fam Pract. 2013;62(9 Suppl CHPP):S16-21.

Pritzlaff SG, Alston TA. Book Review. Bulletin of Anesthesia History. 2012;30(2):31-32.