State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 1989
Medical College of Virginia and Hanover Family Physicians
Professional Society Memberships
American Academy of Family Physicians, Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, Richmond Academy of Medicine
Dr. Petrizzi is also interested in integrative medicine, functional medicine, and holistic medicine—specifically looking at the person as a “whole” and taking into account the physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Mechanicsville, Va., with his wife and six children
The inner workings of a family—the day-to-day joys and struggles—can affect each family member’s overall health and well-being. Having a physician who can get to know the family as a whole and each member on a personal level is ideal. But traditional medicine can’t support this approach, as Dr. Mark Petrizzi learned.
This is why he decided to join PartnerMD in 2017. “PartnerMD’s practice model gives physicians more time with their patients,” Dr. Petrizzi says. “This is so important to me because I went into family practice so I could treat my patients like family. And I never rush family.”
Dr. Petrizzi received his bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and his medical degree from State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn in 1989. He completed his internship and residency at the Medical College of Virginia and Hanover Family Physicians. He also completed a fellowship in faculty development at the Medical College of Virginia.
In addition to family medicine, Dr. Petrizzi is open to discussing integrative and functional medicine, which involves looking at the person as a whole and considering the emotional and spiritual, in addition to the physical.
Dr. Petrizzi says, “I meet my patients where they want to begin, and we talk about whatever they’re comfortable with. For some, the spiritual element is important. For others, less so. Either way is perfectly OK. That’s the point of personalized medicine: together, the physician and patient create a plan that’s right for that particular individual.”
When it comes to the ideal patient, Dr. Petrizzi says he loves working with people who take a proactive approach to their well-being and who are open and eager to discussing options outside the realms of traditional medicine, which tends to push medications as a quick fix. Instead, dietary changes, exercise, and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, can often offer better long-term solutions.
“I had a patient who felt lousy in her day-to-day,” Dr. Petrizzi recalls. “She was 39, overweight, fatigued, and suffering from hormone imbalance. We discussed her life, what each day looked like for her. Turns out, she has food sensitivities and was allergic to certain medications. Together, we came up with some dietary changes and supplements she could tolerate. We worked on creating an exercise program she was excited about, and she received additional support through her certified PartnerMD health coach. I’m happy to report this patient just completed a 350-mile bike ride and feels great.”
In addition to his practice with PartnerMD, Dr. Petrizzi serves as an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He is a member and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as a member of the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians and the Richmond Academy of Medicine.
Vitals, a physician review site, recognized Dr. Petrizzi with the Compassionate Doctor Award and the Patient’s Choice Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He was also recognized with the Patient’s Choice Award in 2008.
Dr. Petrizzi lives in Mechanicsville, Va., with his wife and six children. He enjoys spending time with his family, biking and gardening.