Arsenio Avila

Arsenio Avila
Assistant Professor
Arsenio Avila
Contact Info
T: (416) 480-4864
F: (416) 480-6039
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, Room M3200
Toronto, ON, M4N 3M5
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Staff Anesthesiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Holland Centre
Staff Anesthesiologist, Critical Care Medicine and Pain Medicine Specialist, Ontario Health Science North
Pain Medicine Specialist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Avila's research interests include diagnostic and interventional radiofrequency treatment of spinal pain  syndromes including thoracic spine, sacroiliac joint complex pain disorders and intracranial hypotension. His team has published abstracts and review articles and conducting workshops in these areas at local provincial, national and international levels. They have been an integral part of the Canadian Interventional Pain Medicine annual workshops program since its initiation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Avila has also been a reviewer for the spine section of the Journal Pain Medicine, official journal of the the American Board , American Academy of Pain Medicine, Australian and Asian Society of Pain Medicine. He is currently a proud member of the standard of practice, evidence committee of the International Society of Interventional Pain Medicine (ISIS), the most scientifically recognized society in academic pain medicine. Over the last ten years he has been honored to lead the chronic pain lecture series for the PGY 3 anesthesia residents at the University of Toronto.



pain medicine elective - University of Toronto and Northern Ontario Medical schools
residents at the University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Northern Ontario Medical School
anesthesia and pain medicine fellows at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Holland Centre
chronic pain lecture series, PGY 3 residents

Publications and Awards

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Recent Publications

  1. Radiofrequency denervation of the sacroiliac joint ; Diros/OWL Radofrequency Monograft series ,SIJ VER 5.1, 2014.edited by Dr. Leslie W.Organ  .
  2. A Scoping Review of the Evidence for Teaching Ultrasound –Guided Regional Anesthesia .Nix.CM,Margarido CB,Awad IT,Avila A,Cheung  JJ, Dubrowski Aand McCartney CJ, Regional anesthesia Pain Medicine .2013;38(6);471-480,Nov-Dec.
  3. Real- time  Evaluation of diffusion of the local anesthetic solution during peribulbar block using ultrasound imaging and clinical correlates of diffusion.  Luyet  C,Eng KT,Kertes P,Avila A,Muni RHand McHardy P. Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine .2012;37(4);456-459.July-August.
  4. Pulsed Radiofrequency under Ultrasound guidance for persistent  stump-neuroma pain. Restrepo-Garces CE,Marinov A,McHardy P,Faclier G,Avila A. Pain Practice .2011;11(1);98-102
  5. Peripheral Limph flow in sheep with bacterial peritonitis;evidence for increased peripheral microvascular permeability accompanying systemic sepsis .Avila A,Warshawski F,Sibbald W,Finley R,Wells Gand Holliday R. Surgery 1985
  6. Renal and Cardiovascular response to nonhypotensive sepsis in a large animal model with peritonitis. Richmond  JM,Walker JF,Avila A,Petrakis A,Finley RJ,Sibbald W, and Linton  AL.Surgery 1985 ,Feb ;97(2);205-214.