Raed Rahman, DO
Medical Director of Pain Management and Interventional Pain Medicine Physician
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"At Cancer Treatment Centers of America I have the opportunity to improve the lives of my patients who deal with pain daily. It’s a rewarding feeling to help patients become more active and functional in their lives."
- Raed Rahman, DO
Osteopathic Medical Degree
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship / Residency
- Internal Medicine - Cook County Hospital, Chicago
- Anesthesiology - Cook County Hospital
- Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine & Hospice & Palliative Medicine - American Board of Anesthesiology
- Interventional Pain Medicine - The University of Chicago Medical Center
Practicing Since: 2011
Dr. Raed Rahman knows how debilitating pain can be. "Sometimes pain can be the last thought on your mind before you go to bed, or the first thought you have upon awakening in the morning," he says. "Pain can control your life. Instead of pain controlling you, it’s time for you to control your pain."
Dr. Rahman’s approach to treating cancer patients utilizes a multidisciplinary-based, integrative team method. He says, "Every patient is unique. I’m committed to treating the whole person and restoring hope, not just treating a symptom."
"Every person is different and their personal history of pain plays a role in their management of it," he explains. "It is important for me to help patients understand the cause of their pain and what options are available to help them."
In July 2011, Dr. Rahman signed on as Medical Director of Pain Management at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. He says from the get-go, he’s been impressed with the patient-centered care at CTCA®. Dr. Rahman adds, "All of the staff members treat patients with great respect, kindness and professionalism. The Mother Standard® of care at CTCA inspires us to provide compassionate care and make strides to improve patients’ quality of life."
"I try to be a doctor who is friendly and personable," says Dr. Rahman of his approach to patient care. "Also, if it’s OK with patients, I like to involve their close family and friends in appointments."
Dr. Rahman adds, "Nowadays patients utilize the Internet, television and other resources to gather information on a particular health issue to be better informed. I encourage patients to seek out information as much as they like, and I will do my best to filter out what’s fact and what’s myth."
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Dr. Rahman earned an osteopathic medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. He then completed an internal medicine internship in addition to an anesthesiology residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He completed an interventional pain medicine fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dr. Rahman has served as a clinical research investigator for pain management and anesthesiology research studies conducted at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Cook County Hospital. He has also presented on anesthesiology and pain management topics at local, regional and national clinical conferences.
Dr. Rahman is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine, enabling him to manage patients with acute, chronic or cancer pain. He performs the following state-of-the-art interventional pain medicine procedures: peripheral and spinal cord nerve stimulators; kyphoplasty; nerve blocks of somatic, sympathetic and visceral cancer pain syndromes; radiofrequency ablative procedures; and implanted infusion devices (pain pumps).
Dr. Rahman’s research presentations include:
- "Safety and Efficacy of Fluoroscopic Guided Epidural Blood Patches in Iatrogenic Dural Puncture: An Eight Year Retrospective Review in a Teaching Institution," May 2011
- "Complex Management of Cancer Pain in a Young Adult with Retroperitoneal Alveolar Soft Tissue Sarcoma: A Case Report," May 2011
- "Characterization of Perioperative QTc Prolongation: Comparison of Regional and General Anesthesia," May 2009
His authored publications include:
- A chapter on anesthesiology consults for local pain control in Oncology
- "Expert Clinical Perspective on Diagnosis and Management of Cancer: Analysis of Controversies and Uncertainties in Cancer," Special issues of Hematology and Oncology, 2014
- A chapter on nasotracheal intubation, Emergency Medicine Procedures, 2nd edition, 2013
Dr. Rahman is a member of several professional societies, including:
- American Osteopathic Association
- American Society of Anesthesiologists
- American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
- American Academy of Pain Medicine
- American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
- American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
- Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society
In addition to being an author, educator and researcher, Dr. Rahman proudly served in the United States Army Military Intelligence Unit.
Dr. Rahman is married with four children. He devotes his spare time to his family, friends and faith. He enjoys reading, going to church, exercising and keeping up with the exciting Chicago sports teams.
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