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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  / State of Michigan # 4301115591                                 
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                    2007-Current
                                                 Chicago, Illinois
                                                 Orthopaedic Regional Anesthesiology
                                                 Interventional Pain Management
                                                 Lake Shore Surgery / Delaware Physicians                     2007-Current
                                                 Chicago, Illinois
                                                 Interventional Pain Management

                                                Windy City Medical Specialists                                          2014-Current
                                     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
                                                 Colombia, SA                                                           

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

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

                                                 Military Academy of Cadets                                           1971 - 1977
                                                 Colombia, SA                          

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
                                                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
                                               Colombia, SA                                          

                                               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 (AMA)
                                             Chicago Medical Society (CMS)
                                             Illinois State Medical Society (Delegate)