Vidya Ramanavarapu, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine Physician

Board Certifications
  • Pain Medicine – American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesiology – American Board of Anesthesiology

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Salt Creek Surgery Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar Epidurals
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar facet blocks
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar radiofrequency ablations
  • Sacroiliac joint injections and radiofrequency ablations
  • Genicular nerve blocks and ablations for chronic knee pain
  • Stellate and lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • Intercostal nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulator trials
  • Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks
  • Peripheral nerve stimulator placements
  • Small to large joint injections/bursa injections
  • Greater occipital nerve blocks
  • Botox injections for dystonia or migraine headaches

Biography

Dr. Ramanavarapu is dual board-certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. She completed her anesthesia residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where she served as chief resident. During her residency, Dr. Ramanavarapu realized she missed having continuity with her patients in an outpatient setting which then prompted her to pursue an additional year of subspecialty training in interventional pain medicine. She completed this fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as well. She stayed in Boston for six years in private practice before moving to the Chicagoland area. Before joining the Hinsdale Orthopaedics division of IBJI, she practiced at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.

With over 15 years of experience in interventional pain management, Dr. Ramanavarapu has witnessed how chronic pain not only affects physical health but can additionally impact one’s mental and emotional well-being. She works with patients to create individualized care plans to improve their overall quality of life. These plans can include but are not limited to non-opioid-focused medical management, physical and/or occupational therapy, and minimally invasive procedures (such as injection-based care) to treat musculoskeletal pain.

Dr. Ramanavarapu grew up around medicine, helping her appreciate and value the impact physicians can have on their patients. Dr. Ramanavarapu was first inspired by her grandfather, a well-respected surgeon in India, and spent many afternoons after school in the OR at her grandfather’s hospital. Now, as a mother, she makes sure to enjoy time outside the OR as well, traveling with her husband and two young children. She enjoys fitness, reading non-fiction, and learning about new cuisines and cultures.

I believe in using a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to help my patients manage their pain, with the ultimate goal of living a more functional and fulfilling life. I aim to treat each patient as an individual, moving from conservative care to more interventional care, as needed, to help improve their long-term quality of life.”

Vidya Ramanavarapu, MD

Education

Internship

Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH - Doctor of Medicine

Internship

Summa Health System, Akron, OH

Residency

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA - Anesthesiology

Fellowship

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA - Interventional Pain Medicine

Affiliations and Associations

  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia

Publications

Ramanavarapu V, Simopoulos T. CASE REPORT: USE OF RADIOFREQUENCY LESIONING OF LUMBAR DORSAL ROOT GANGLION FOR STUMP PAIN. Pain Physician 2008; 11; 561-566

Subramaniam B, Panzica PJ, Ramanavarapu V, Pomposelli FB, De La Torre R, Lerner AB. EPIDURAL BLOOD PATCH FOR SUBDURAL HEMATOMA FOLLOWING SPINAL CATHETER DRAINAGE DURING HYBRID THORACOABDOMINAL ANEURYSM REPAIR. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2007 Oct; 21(5): 704-8

Simopoulos T, Cambron B, Nagda J, Kraemer JJ, Ramanvarapu V, Bajwa ZH. PULSED AND CONTINUOUS RADIOFREQUENCY LESIONING OF THE DORSAL ROOT GANGLION FOR CHRONIC LUMBOSACRAL RADICULAR PAIN. American Society of Regional Anesthesia Fall Meeting Poster Presentation, 2006

Peacock WF, Emerman CE, Janz BA, Ramanavarapu V, Kies P. ORTHOSTATIC CHANGES IN BIOIMPEDENCE PARAMETERS IDENTIFY DECOMPENSATED HEART FAILURE IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT PATIENTS. Journal of Cardiac Failure 2001: 101, A378

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