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Meet Our Medical Director

Reginald C. Ajakwe, MD

Education & Licensure

  • College: University of Redlands, Redlands, CA. B.Sc. Biology & Chemistry. 1994 to 1998
  • Medical School: School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA. 1998 to June 2002
  • Internship: University of Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, Maryland: Internship in Transitional-Year
  • Medicine, July 2002 to June 2003
  • Residency: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York: Residency in Anesthesiology, July 2003 to June 2006
  • Pain Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Fellowship in Pain Management, August 2009 to July 2010
  • Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Subspecialty Board Certification in Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Supervisor and Operator of Fluoroscopy, 2007

Professional Experience

  • Attending Staff, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, 2006– present
  • Attending Staff, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, 2006– present
  • Attending Staff Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine, Holy Cross Surgery Center 2006-present
  • Pain and Palliative Committee, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, 2008 – present
  • Cancer Care Committee, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Co-director of Pain Medicine, Buena Vista Anesthesia Medical Group, 2008 – 2015
  • Co-director of Pain Medicine, Disney Family Cancer Center, 2009 – 2014
  • Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserves Medical Core, 2004 to 2006

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Cum Laude, University of Redlands, California
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Redlands, California
  • Most Outstanding Senior Science Major, University of Redlands, 1998
  • National Institute of Health’s National Medical Foundation Research Grant 1999
  • California Institute of Technology Summer Fellowship, 1995, 1996, &1997.
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Pain Medicine, 2009-10
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Peer Review Publications, Presentations, Lectures:

  • Ajakwe R, Reyes E, Thomas T, Hadzic A:  Does General Anesthesia or Deep Sedation Increase the Risk    of Nerve Injury Associated with Peripheral Nerve Blocks? Presented at the 2005 Fall ASRA meeting and workshop, Miami, Florida
  • Nozaki-Taguchi N, Chaplan S, Higuera E, Ajakwe R, Yaksh T:  Vincristine Induced Allodynia in the Rat. Pain.2001; 93: 69-76
  • Contributor, Interventional Pain Medicine by Anita Gupta, 2012

Leadership

  • Providence Holy Cross Med. Center Cancer Committee 2011 to present
  • Providence St. Joseph’s Pain and Palliative Care Committee
  • Providence Partners for Health Inpatient Performance Improvement Program Committee
  • Providence Partners for Health Total Joint Replacement Initiative Committee
  • Moderator Monthly “Pain Rounds” with CME Approved Credit For Physicians, Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital