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At only 56, Diana Dayton didn’t expect to be using a walker, much less to be using it only to go short distances before needing to get back into her bed to take the strain off her aching back. “The pain was excruciating,” she says. “I couldn’t even get out of bed most of the time. I was missing work, I could barely walk three feet. I was on all kinds of medication—muscle relaxers, Vicodin, Norco—and I couldn’t sleep. There were times I couldn’t even move my legs at all.”
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Dr. Agarwal is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management and has been at Illinois Masonic since 2013. Dr. Agarwal obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. She completed Anesthesiology residency at Northwestern University followed by the Tri-Institute Interventional Pain Fellowship between New York-Presbyterian (Weill Cornell Medical College), Memorial Sloan Kettering and Hospital for Special Surgery. Her interests include pain due to orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, cancer pain, ultrasound guided injections and medical acupuncture as a complement to minimally invasive interventional approaches. “My goal is to provide compassionate care and offer a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan that includes rehabilitative strategies to help restore quality of life for my patients.”
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Division Chair, Clinical Research
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"Concordant pressure paresthesia during interlaminar lumbar epidural steroid injections correlates with pain relief in patients with unilateral radicular pain." (Contributors: Dr. Candido, Dr. Maunak Rana, & Dr. Anthony Tharian, Dr. N. Nick Knezevic) READ
"Critical Items to Consider before Adopting Advocacy of Digital Subtraction Angiography." (Author: Dr. Candido) READ
"Perineural dexamethasone added to local anesthesia for brachial plexus block improves pain but delays block onset and motor blockade recovery." (Contributors: Dr. Candido, Dr. N. Nick Knezevic) READ
Dr. Lipov is a board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management, who has been practicing in the field of pain medicine for 25 years. Following graduation from Northwestern Medical School, he attended Rush St. Luke’s Medical Center to pursue advanced training in Anesthesiology and Pain Management and was on the academic faculty at Rush for 7 years. He is also the founder and Medical Director at Advanced Pain Centers, a company that has provided pain services for multiple patients as well as medical research. He is also Chief Science Officer for a 501 C-3, Not-for-Profit called Global Post Traumatic Stress Injury Foundation. Dr. Lipov is a founding member and the first president of The Illinois Chapter of The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He is a consultant and has served as an instructor and professional resource for both the ISIS and NASS.
Dr. Tharian also is board-certified in pain management and has practiced at Illinois Masonic Medical Center since 2007. He completed medical school at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India; and his internship and residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In addition, Dr. Tharian completed a fellowship in pain management at Loyola University Medical Center. “My goal is to provide compassionate, patient-centered care focused on achieving the best possible results in the treatment of chronic painful conditions, using a multidisciplinary approach.”
Dr. Candido, award winning physician, board certified in pain management, has led the pain management efforts at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical center since 2007. A graduate and resident at New York Medical College, Dr. Candido completed his residency and pain management fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “A patient and a physician must establish a bond based on mutual respect, honesty and open communication.”
Our physicians are proven experts in pain diagnosis and management as well as actively researching and developing the latest treatments and procedures in the field of pain management. Their research and development efforts are assisting them in achieving their primary goal: to work closely with you as well as your primary care physician and other specialists on a customized plan to treat and end your pain.
Professor of Anesthesiology, Chairman and President
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Division Chair, Pain Management
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Division Chair, Regional Anesthesia
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Dr. Knezevic received his MD and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Medicine, the University of Belgrade in Serbia. He completed his training at the University of Illinois-Chicago and joined the anesthesia team at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in April, 2009 as the Director of Anesthesiology Research. He has extensive expertise in basic and clinical research, which makes him an irreplaceable member of translational grants reviewing committees and IRB board. Dr. Knezevic is managing several clinical trials (phases I-IV) and testing different pain medications and medical devices for acute and chronic pain in our clinic. Dr. Knezevic is a recognized lecturer in many national and international conferences with multiple awards for outstanding achievements.