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Dr. Rick Pfeiffer

General Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine

After more than two decades of providing the highest level of orthopaedic care throughout the country, Dr. Richard Pfeiffer brings his sports medicine expertise back to the Colorado High Country at our VSON location at Middle Park Health in Grand County. Dr. Pfeiffer was born and raised in Colorado Springs and spent years falling in love with the outdoor activities our patients are so enamored with. By joining our team of world-class surgeons at VSON, Dr. Pfeiffer is achieving two of his most important goals: returning to his home state and providing top-level orthopaedic care to the community he’s proud to belong to once again.


Dr. Pfeiffer is an orthopaedic surgeon who is board certified and specialty-trained in general orthopaedics and sports medicine. His practice includes general orthopaedic surgery with an interest in arthroscopic surgeries of the shoulder and knee.

He has served in various leadership positions throughout his career. During his ten years in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dr. Pfeiffer served as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedics for both the Veteran’s Administration and the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado. Following his private practice, Dr. Pfeiffer was the fellowship program director of sports medicine while serving as an assistant professor for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Texas Tech University. Prior to joining the team at VSON Dr. Pfeiffer was employed by Health First Medical Group in Melbourne, FL and The Covenant Medical Group in Lubbock, Texas. 

Dr. Pfeiffer’s passion for sports medicine goes beyond the office. He has held a variety of roles working as the team physician for The Colorado College, U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski and Snowboarding teams, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, and various high schools in both Colorado and Texas. 

Dr. Pfeiffer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is board certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons in both orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine.
Dr. Pfeiffer remains active in a number of hobbies to include:  Flying, Skiing, Mountain biking, Sailing and Fly fishing.

Dr. Pfeiffer’s wife of 35 years is a Microbiologist and has remained active in many volunteer roles in the community.  He has 2 children Tim and Jenni, both married living in the Maryland and Washington areas.

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