Dr. Richard J. Pfeiffer is an orthopedic surgeon with Health First Medical Group. He is board certified and specialty-trained in general orthopedics and sports medicine. His practice includes general orthopedic surgery with an interest in arthroscopic surgeries of the shoulder and knee.

He has served in various leadership positions throughout his career. During his 10 years in private practice in Colorado Springs, CO, Pfeiffer served as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics for both the Veteran’s Administration and the University of Colorado in Denver, CO. Following his private practice, Pfeiffer was the fellowship program director of sports medicine while serving as an assistant professor for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas Tech University. Prior to joining the team at Health First, Pfeiffer was employed by Covenant Medical Group for the past eight years in Lubbock, TX.

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.

Pfeiffer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is board certified through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons in both orthopedic surgery and orthopedic sports medicine.

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons (Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine)

Areas of Expertise

Arthroscopic Surgery – Shoulder and Knee, General Orthopedics, Pediatric Orthopedics – non-congenital issues (Ages 2 & up), Sports Medicine


University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Internship and Residency

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center


University of Colorado