Dr. William Pfaff III, MD

Dr. William Pfaff III, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 46
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Dr. William Pfaff III, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Georgetown, DE. He is 46 years old and has been practicing for 14 years. Read his story

21635 Biden Ave Unit 203

Georgetown, DE 19947

Contact Information

(302) 231-4333

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Pfaff III's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pfaff III "William L. Pfaff, M.D., specializes in spinal reconstructive surgery as well as interventional spinal procudures of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. He performs both injections and surgery for spinal problems. Dr. Pfaff is well versed in the newest technologies for spinal reconstructive surgery, including total disc arthroplasty, XLIF, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Surgeries cover all degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine. "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pfaff III "Offering complete spinal care from nonoperative therapies such as injections to minimally invasive surgery through small incisions as well as disc replacement technologies in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. "


  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Physician Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Facet Joint Nerve Ablation
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • university of del
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Temple Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Temple University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Pennsylvania Hospital of The University of Pa Health System
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Richard Balderston MD
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pfaff III has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Pfaff III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pfaff III to family and friends
based on 65 total reviews (14 with comments)
Dr. Pfaff III's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (14)
in Lewes, DE |
Will never recommend. If it wasn't for the specialists, the real surgeons in MD, my spouse would still be living a life of hell in pain due to his incompetence. He performed a failed and botched surgery that took a team of 12 to correct in MD. Stay way, stay far away if you want to walk again and be pain free. He's methods of surgery are antiquated, he fails to listen and and provide an accurate diagnosis, him and the incompetent group at Orthopedic Associates. It's not all arthritis.!
in Millsboro de |
Dr. Pfaff did a awesome job fixing my back . I have no pain in my back and I thank him very much . I can play with my grandson now .
in Lewes, DE |
Delaware Judiciary - do your homework please do your homework. A skilled Neurosurgeon usually stays within the field of practice. I had a fusion / cage implant performed 08/01/2016 by Dr Pfaff; and here I am one year later recovering from a revision fusion to same area. The difference you ask? I actually had a team this time, with a Neurosurgeon AND an Orthopedic Surgeon. This isn’t over. I will NEVER EVER recommend him and I will stop at nothing warning patients to do their due diligence!!
Lewes, DE |
Today I had an appointment with Dr Pfaff at the Lewes Spine Center and was 10 minutes late to my appointment due to traffic. When I came to the window I was told that I could not see the doctor because I was 10 minutes late. I am con founded at the arrogance of doctors who will leave you sitting in there waiting rooms for long periods and yet refused to see you if you show up a few minutes late. I will not go back and do not recommend this practice.
in Harbeson de |
Very thorough. Explains things very well.
Great credentials. Takes time 2 explain what's going on&his plan to fix. No pressure-just facts 4 patient 2 decide what's next. 'Bedside manner"excellent, surgery outstanding w/immediate results in alleviating back pain from stenosis/herniation. Follow ups great/on time. A minor hiccup in assistance/aftercare/m relaxers w/severe spasms&possible interaction w/antibiotics I'm on. Not happy-no dr visits after 8wks, all drs on net say 3/6/12 mos visits, on net 4 answers to pain concerns/answers....
in Milton, DE |
Very congenial and listens to how you feel rather than just previous diagnostic testing. Extremely professional and knowledgeable of the latest treatments in the field. I would recommend him to others.
in Lewes, DE |
I recently was in a car accident and have seen Dr. Pfaff. I had whiplash and a fracture in my back have been suffering from chronic neck, back pain and vertigo. I went to my followup appointment arriving early, and his staff refused to allow me to have my visit due to rescheduling a test. When I got home I back went totally out and I can not standup. His staff is the worst I ever seen they make decisions that put your health in jeopardy. I would not recommend his office for walking my dog.
Millsboro, DE |
I am 1 year post surgent withe Dr. Pfaff. I suffered through steroid injections, physical therapy, and medications for a year while multiple doctors told me I didn't need surgery. I was 39 and experiencing life altering pain from what I was told were herniated discs. Dr. Pfaff finally put together the EMG, MRI, and my personal account of what I was experiencing and discovered the discs were basically dying. He was the only one to listen to me. So grateful to have my life back. Truly a caring doc
in Millville, DE |
Great doctor and surgeon. Takes the time needed with his patients and truly cares. Great office staff also!!
in Milford, DE |
He is amazing! He is knowledgeable in his field. He cares 110% about the needs of his patients! His staff is great!
in Middletown, DE |
Dr. Pfaff was thorough with the exam. I needed an ACDF and he explained the surgery in detail and explained it in a way that I understood. I was apprehensive about the surgery but he had an excellent way of putting me at ease. I am 100% satisfied with the outcome from surgery and have since recommended him to others.
in Wilmington De |
He was very patient friendly & thorough!
in Wilmington De |
He was personable & truly listened to what I had to say.
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Dr. Pfaff III accepts 16 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • QualCare
  • UnitedHealthCare
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