Scott M. Pugh, MD

Primary Care

Primary Office

Nemours Children's Health, Paoli Nemours Children's Health, Paoli 1676 Lancaster Ave. Paoli, PA 19301 Appointment: (610) 644-9233

Get to Know Me

Dr. Scott Pugh is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was previously a pediatrician in the U.S. Navy, where he served onboard USS Whidbey Island during Hurricane Katrina and the Israeli-Hezbollah war, and on the Surgeon General’s Healthcare Ethics Education Development Committee. He has been a pediatrician in this area since 2012 and has repeatedly been named a Top Doctor by both Main Line Today and Philadelphia magazines. He is a published author, a medical educator, and serves as the local school district physician.

Why I Treat Children

Being the youngest of four children and trying to keep up with my older siblings resulted in frequent visits to the emergency room. My mother always joked that I just felt at home in a hospital! My high school AP Biology teacher inspired me to find a summer job working as a research assistant in a children’s hospital, and the pediatricians there were wonderful about allowing me to shadow with them. From that point on, I knew that being a pediatrician was a real calling. I enjoy the challenges of pediatrics — particularly how both the psychology and the biology of children change dramatically as they grow. Children have remarkable resilience that is both inspiring and humbling, and I find real joy in working with them and their families. There’s rarely a visit that goes by without some smiles or laughter.

What I'm Passionate About

Parenting is one of life’s most difficult challenges, and I love helping to make it a little bit easier by offering advice and encouragement. I want the families I care for to know that they’ve been heard and understood and to feel that we are partners in their child’s care. There’s no greater privilege than teaching a child about their health and giving them advice that has the potential to benefit them the rest of their life.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I’ve been very fortunate in my life to have people help me get to where I am, and I feel an obligation to pay that forward. I enjoy volunteering in different capacities — whether as a coach or board member for youth soccer, as our local school district physician, or recently as a physician in rural Uganda with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. I believe that helping children can have long-lasting effects for our collective future.

Education & Training


  • Pediatrics - Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, 2008

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2004

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics/General Pediatrics

Awards & Recognition

  • 2023Top Doctor, Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2022Top Doctor, Main Line Today
  • 2011Navy Commendation Medal, U.S. Navy
  • 2008Resident Pediatric Educator of the Year, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • 2006Humanitarian Service Medal, U.S. Navy
  • 2000The University Prize for Men, Bucknell University

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
  • Cigna/Great West PPO
  • Devon Health Services
  • Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
  • First Health/Affordable PPO
  • Geisinger Health Plan Commercial
  • Global Medical Managment DE/PA
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware *PA Loc Contiguous to DE*
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware *PA Loc NONContiguous to DE*
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania
  • Highmark Medicaid Health Options
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Independance Blue Cross/Amerihealth/Keystone Health Plan
  • Insurance Administrators of America
  • Keystone First Medicaid HMO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • Preferred Healthcare PPO
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services/CHAMPVA
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • US Family Health Plan

Medical Interests

My medical interests include:

  • Early child development
  • Infant sleep
  • Sports medicine
  • Cardiology.

  • English