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River North Interventiuonal Pain Management Consultants, S.C.,
680 North Lake Shore Drive    /     1213 Wilmette Avenue     /     7200 Northwestern Avenue    /     1050 Red Oak Lane
Chicago, Illinois 60611                   
 Wilmette, Illinois 60091        Chicago, Illinois 60646                 Lindenhurst, Illinois 60046                                     
Phone (888) 951-6471
  /  Fax: (888) 961-6471                                                    
Licenses: State of California #C51873   /   State of Illinois # 036-089572   / State of Indiana # 010-43488                                     
Doctor Axel Vargas is an experienced Anesthesiologist with vast expertise in the field of  Interventional Pain Management;
He trained in General Surgery and then proceeded with additional training in Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management.


                                                     River North Pain Management Consultants                    Current
                                                     Chicago, Illinois
                                                     Orthopaedic Regional Anesthesiology
                                                     Interventional Pain Management
                                                     Lake Shore Surgery                                                            Current
                                                     Chicago, Illinois
                                                     Interventional Pain Management

                                                    Windy City Medical Specialists                                          2014-2016
                                         Chicago, Illinois
                                                     Interventional Pain Management

                                                     Chicago Pain & Orthopedic Institute                               2012-2014
                                                     Chicago, Illinois
                                                     Interventional Pain Management       
                                                     Michigan Avenue Medical Group                                     2010-2012
                                                     Chicago, Illinois
                                                     Interventional Pain Management

                                                     Illinois Bone & Joint Institute                                          2007 - 2011
                                                     Glenview, Illinois
                                                     Interventional Pain Management

                                                     North Shore Anesthesia Associates                                  1998 - 2007
                                                     Sameday Surgery Network
                                                     Chicago, Illinois        
                                                     Orthopaedic Regional Anesthesiology
                                                      Interventional Pain Management

                                                     Chicago Bears Organization                                             2003 – 2010
                                                     Lake Forest, Illinois
                                                     Interventional Pain Management Consultant

                                                     Porter County Anesthesia Associates                              1997 - 1998
                                                     Porter Memorial Hospital
                                                     Valparaiso, Indiana
                                                     Cardiac Anesthesiology
                                                     Interventional Pain Management

Academic Appointments            University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)            2008
                                                     Associate Professor
                                                     Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-operative Care
                                                     San Francisco, California

Residency                                     Northwestern University School of Medicine                1995 - 1997
& Further training                     Chicago, Illinois
                                                     Anesthesiology, Pain Management                                                   
                                                     Loyola University Medical Center                                  1994 - 1995
                                                     Maywood, Illinois

Additional                                    Case Western Reserve University Hospitals                  1991 - 1993     
Postgraduate                                Mt. Sinai Medical Center    
Training                                       Cleveland, Ohio
                                                     General Surgery/Internal Medicine
                                                     Hospital San José (Universidad del Rosario)                1985 - 1986
                                                     Bogotá, Colombia                                                            

Medical School                            Northern  University (Universidad Del Norte)             1980 - 1985          
                                                     Barranquilla, Colombia                                                                              
                                                     Medical Doctor Diploma

Undergraduate Education          OSU                                                                                   1978 - 1979
                                                      Stillwater, Oklahoma
                                                      Diploma (Award to Academic Achievement)
                                                     Universidad Pontificia Xaveriana                                  1977 - 1978
                                                     Bogota, Colombia

                                                     Military Academy of Cadets                                           1971 - 1977
                                                     Bogota, Colombia                           

Additional                                    Emergency Consultants (ECI)                                       1995 - 1997
Experience                                   Hospitals Indiana, Michigan and Illinois
                                                     Emergency Room Physician
                                                     Discovery Cruise Lines                                                   1989 - 1991
                                                     On Board M/V   Discovery I
                                                     Fort Lauderdale, Florida
                                                     Chief Medical Officer

Publications and                         Causative Relation between Liver Cirrhosis                1984
Presentations                               and Hepatic Carcinoma Study of Cases and Controls
                                                     Universidad Del Norte, Colombia
                                                    Proper Management of the Critically Ill                      1986
                                                    Compendium of Algorithms
                                                    Universidad Del Norte, Colombia                                                      
                                                    Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) inhibition                      1991
                                                    Role in post CABG surgery arrhythmias, Poster Presentation
                                                    Department of Surgery, Case Western Reserve
                                                    Mt. Sinai Medical Center,
                                                    Cleveland, Ohio.

                                                     One-Lung Ventilation in a Patient with                     1996
                     \                               Bullous Emphysema, Poster Presentation
                                                     Department of Anesthesiology, Northwestern University
                                                     Chicago, Illinois
Public Service                             National Institute of Health                                          1987 - 1988
                                                    Campo Capote, Colombia   SA                                     
                                                    Regional Health Care Coordinator

Language Skills                          Fluent in Spanish and Italian
                                                    Speak Russian and French

Awards                                        Award to Academic Achievement                                  1979
                                                    Stillwater, Oklahoma
                                                    Award to Academic Achievement                                  1984-1985
                                                    Dean’s list
                                                    Medical School                                             

                                                    Excellence Award                                                           1991
                                                    Discovery Cruise Lines
                                                    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

                                                   First Prize of Arts                                                           1986
                                                   International Congress of Surgery
                                                   Cartagena, Colombia                                             

                                                   Resident of the year Award                                            1992
                                                   Mount Sinai Medical Center
                                                   Cleveland, Ohio
                                                   Lufthansa German Airlines                                          2004
                                                   Medical Department Recognition    
Recent Courses Taken             Non-surgical Percutaneous Disc Decompression Techniques    
                                                  Ultrasound guided Regional Anesthesia and Interventional Pain Procedures
                                                  Interventional Spine Procedures
                                                  Vertebroplasty Techniques
                                                  Spinal Neuromodulation and Neurostimulation techniques
                                                  Dorsal Column Spinal Cord Stimulation techniques
                                                  Radiofrequency and Cryoablation techniques

Affiliations                                North American Spine Society (NASS)
and Board                                 American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)
Certifications                            American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
                                                  American Pain Society (APS)
                                                  American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
                                                  Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA)
                                                  European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA)

                                                  European Society of  Regional Aenesthesia and Pain Theraphy (ESRA)

                                                  International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
                                                 American Medical Association
                                                 Chicago Medical Society
                                                  Illinois State Medical Society (Delegate)