Scott Pritzlaff, M.D., is both a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. After graduating from medical school at Georgetown University in 2006, he spent five years on active duty as a Naval Officer and physician. He completed his internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside of Washington, DC. Following his internship, he was selected as a flight surgeon and completed flight training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL. He then reported as a Marine Corps flight surgeon to Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC. From 2008-2011, he completed multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, he was awarded the U.S. Navy's highest honor for flight surgeons, the Richard Luehrs Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year. He subsequently completed an anesthesiology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School training program followed by a clinical pain fellowship at Stanford. Dr. Pritzlaff is double board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Dr. Pritzlaff's passion as a physician, teacher, and lifelong learner is to deliver unsurpassed patient-focused, compassionate care in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Clinical Focus

  • Pain Medicine
  • Integrated Pain Management in the Primary Care Setting
  • Complex Spinal Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Cancer Pain
  • Anesthesiology

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Program Director, Clinical Pain Medicine Fellowship, Division of Pain Medicine (2017 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Bridget Faucet MacNamara Award, Outstanding Medical Student in Anesthesia, Georgetown University School of Medicine (2006)
  • Richard E. Luehrs Award, Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year, United States Navy (2010)
  • Navy Commendation Medal, United States Navy (2011)
  • Donald P. Todd Pain Center Resident Award, Massachusetts General Hospital (2013)
  • Miroslawa T. Jasinska Pediatric Anesthesia Award, Massachusetts General Hospital (2014)
  • Chief Fellow, Stanford Pain Medicine Fellowship (2014-2015)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Committee on Pain, California Society of Anesthesiologists (2018 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Interventional Pain Practice, World Institute of Pain (2018)
  • Board Certification: Interventional Pain Sonologist, World Institute of Pain (2017)
  • Medical Education, Georgetown University School of Medicine, DC (2006)
  • Internship, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, MD (2007)
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, MA, Anesthesiology (2014)
  • Fellowship, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, CA, Pain Medicine (2015)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology (2015)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine (2015)
  • Specialty Certification, World Institute of Pain, Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist (CIPS) (2017)
  • Specialty Certification, World Institute of Pain, Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) (2018)


All Publications

  • 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 : the official journal of World Institute of Pain Khan, J. S., Krane, E. J., Higgs, M., Pritzlaff, S., Hoffinger, S., Ottestad, E. 2018


    Hip denervation comprising radiofrequency lesioning of the obturator and femoral articular branches is used in adults with refractory hip pain who are not surgical candidates. Persistent hip pain infrequently occurs in pediatric patients and there is limited data on the safety and efficacy of this procedure in a pediatric population. We provide a case report of a successful ultrasound and fluoroscopic-guided hip denervation procedure in an 11-year old female with persistent right hip pain after septic arthritis refractory to conservative and surgical management strategies. At an 18- week follow-up, hip denervation provided improvement in pain, mobility, and reduced opioid consumption by 20%. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/papr.12724

    View details for PubMedID 29896934

  • Anatomy of Neuromodulatory Targets: Central Nervous System and the Periphery Advanced Procedures for Pain Management: A Step-by-Step Atlas Pritzlaff, S., Hah, J. M., Fishman, M. A., Leong, M. S. Springer International Publishing. 2018: 105?121
  • Common Pain Syndromes Anesthesiology Fishman, M. A., Pritzlaff, S. G., Newmark, J. L. McGraw-Hill Education. 2017; 3rd Edition: 1454?1468
  • Cardiovascular System Pediatric Anesthesiology: A Comprehensive Board Review Zibaitis, A., Walsh, T., August, D. A., Rubin, J., Collard, V., Nguyen, H., Pritzlaff, S., Scheme, A. Oxford University Press. 2015: 99?175
  • Targeting systemic inflammation in patients with obesity-related pain: Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome: an often overlooked but treatable condition. journal of family practice Pritzlaff, S., Carinci, A. J., Christo, P. J. 2013; 62 (9): S16-21


    Rely primarily on a patient's history and your physical examination findings in considering the diagnosis. Physical therapy, tricyclic antidepressants or SNRIs, and botulinum toxin type A injections can help control symptoms.

    View details for PubMedID 24080567

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