Dr. Axel Vargas, MD

Dr. Axel Vargas, MD

Pain Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 59
Dr. Axel Vargas, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Wilmette, IL and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine in 1986 and specializes in pain medicine.Read his story

1213 Wilmette Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Vargas' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Vargas "Dr. Axel Vargas is an Attending Anesthesiologist with extensive experience in the areas of Ambulatory Anesthesia, Complex Regional Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Management, Non-surgical Interventional Spine procedures, intra-discal percutaneous procedures, i..e., discectomy and nucleoplasty, as well as Neuromodulation techniques, i.e., dorsal column spine stimulation. His area of expertise includes diagnosis of various forms of acute, chronic and idiopathic pain conditions, Interventional Pain Management, non-surgical Interventional Spine procedures as well as Neuromodulation techniques, i.e., dorsal column spine stimulation. He completed a Surgical Residency training at Case Western Reserve University affiliated Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio and subsequently trained in the field of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Northwestern University Hospitals in Chicago. He is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and speaks Russian and French as well. "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Vargas "Our physicians and support personnel are here to help you improve your health, eliminate your pain and recover your normal function as quickly as possible.Our group of physicians include Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation specialists,Interventional Pain Management specialists, Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery specialists, all with extensive training in the field of Physical and Rehabilitation Therapy, Interventional Pain Management, Neuromodulation, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, etc., and are always up-to-date on the latest Diagnostic as well as minimally invasive and various surgical and non-surgical therapeutic modalities.Your care will be provided by Board Certified Physician Anesthesiologists, Orthopedic Surgeons and Neurosurgeons all with extensive additional specialized training. A rigorous program of continuing education at River North Pain Management Consultants is focused on maintaining and enhancing the knowledge and skills of the entire staff."
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1  Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*

24  Conditions Treated

35  Procedures

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Discography
  • Dorsal Column Stimulation
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Nerve Ablation
  • Joint Injection
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Medical Branch Block
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Pain Management
  • Percutaneous Disc Decompression
  • Provocation Discography
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Vertebroplasty
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

2 Sanctions
  • Unethical conduct (12/4/2017)
    Action Taken: Reprimand
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Indiana
  • Injudicious Prescribing (2/24/2016)
    Action Taken: Reprimand
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: California
1 Board Action
  • Misprescribing or Overprescribing Drugs (9/14/2015)
    Action Taken: Imposition of a Civil Money Penalty or Assessment
    Summary: Vargas, Axel MD: License # 036089572: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician used a third party management company, dispensing numerous tablets of Vicodin under the DEA Registration of another health care provider under contract with the same dispensing management company; dispensed controlled substances from a location that he had not registered with the DEA of the Department as required by law. ACTION TAKNE: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued a REPRIMAND on the physician’s license and imposed a FINE in the amount of $ 10,000.00
    State: Illinois


  • Yale University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Universidad El Rosario
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Case Western Reserve Affiliated Hospitals
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Case Western Reserve Affiliated Hospitals
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Loyola University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Award to Academic Achievement, Dean's List, 1984/1985
  • Excellence Award Discovery Cruise Line, 1991
  • Resident of the year Award, 1992/1993
  • Lufthansa German Airlines Medical Department Recogn, 2004
  • Award to Academic Achievement, 1979
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Axel Vargas, MD
very unprofessional.i was refered to this doctor by Group med.this is a circle of lawyers and doctors.who take avantage of the hispanics who got hurt at work.they threat pacients as objects.right away the want to get patients on drugs or pain injections that make you feel worst after.it feels like...Read More
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