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 subsequently reported as a Marine Corps flight surgeon to Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC, in 2008. 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 board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology as well as 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)

Professional Education

  • 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

  • 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


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