Scott Gregory Pritzlaff, M.D.
- Clinical Associate Professor
- Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 2700
Sacramento, CA 95817
3301 C St., Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95816
Additional Phone 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.
Dr. Pritzlaff has clinical interests that include opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve and dorsal root ganglion 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.
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.
M.D., Georgetown Univeristy, Washington DC 2006
U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon Training, 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
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),
American Academy of Pain Medicine
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Pain and Neuroscience
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
California Society of Anesthesiologists
North American Neuromodulation Society
Pacific Spine and Pain Society
World Academy of Pain Medicine United
Honors and Awards
Outstanding Teaching Award (2019-2020 and 2020-2021), Resident Chronic Pain Rotation; Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis, 2020, 2021
Faculty Teacher of the Year (2019-2020), Pain Fellowship Program; Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis, 2020
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
Select Recent Publications
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.
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.
Jung MJ, Pritzlaff SG. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Severe Refractory Upper Extremity Post-Amputation Pain. Neuromodulation. 2021 Aug;24(6):1127-1128. doi:10.1111/ner.13246. Epub 2020 Jul 30. PMID:32734623.
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 Pract. 2019 Jan;19(1):52-56. doi:10.1111/papr.12724. Epub 2018 Jul 9. PMID:29896934.
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 Sep;62(9 Suppl CHPP):S16-21. PMID: 24080567