Philosophy of Care
The best care is delivered by listening to patients and their parents, and by providing care that understands the importance of teamwork to creating the best outcome possible. The hallmarks of the best care are quality and consistency.
Dr. Pretzlaff has a special clinical interest in the treatment of patients with severe cardiac or respiratory failure with extracorporeal life support, or ECLS.
Dr. Pretzlaff’s academic interests are focused on communication and medical decision making in the intensive care environment, with a focus on improving quality and safety in the intensive care unit. A secondary academic interest is medical economics and the provision of health care at the level of the health system and nationally.
Associate Director, UC Davis Medical Group
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95617
M.B.A., California State University, Sacramento, California, 2012
B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1985
M.S., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1987
American Board of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine, 1997
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, past member
Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Honors Society
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni
Honors and Awards:
Best Basic Research Award, 3rd World Congress on Pediatric Intensive Care, 2000
Martha Franz Annual Resident Teaching Award, 1999
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1991
Dean’s Team Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, 2012
ELSO - Award of Excellence, 2012
Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Honors Society, 2012
UC Davis Medical Center Chief of Staff Award, 2008
Children’s Miracle Network Helping Hands Award, 2006
Elected Best Doctors in America, 2005
Select Recent Publications:
Nagle EL, Dager WE, Duby JJ, Roberts AJ, Kenny LE, Murthy MS, Pretzlaff RK. (2013) Bivalirudin in pediatric patients maintained on extracorporeal life support. Pediatr Crit Care Med 14(4) e182.
Moler FW, et al., (2011) Multi-center cohort study of out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest. Crit Care Med 39(1): 141-149.
von Arx D, Pretzlaff R (2010) Improved nurse readiness through pediatric mock code training. J Pediatr Nurse 25(5): 438-440
Meert, K.L., et al., (2009) Multi-center cohort study of in-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest. Pediatr Crit Care Med, 10(5): 544-553.
Moler, F.W., et al., (2009) In-hospital versus out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest: A multi-center cohort study*. Crit Care Med, 37(7) 2259-2267.
Irazuzta J, Pretzlaff RK, Zingarelli B. (2008) Caspases inhibition decreases neurological sequelae in meningitis. Crit Care Med 36(5) 1603-1606.
Pretzlaff RK (2012) Legal Considerations in Pediatric Critical Care. In Comprehensive Critical Care: Pediatric
Pretzlaff RK (2009) Dealing with Difficult Parents. In Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care.
Pretzlaff RK (2009) Moral Choice in Public Policy. In Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making. Ed – M. Kattan