Mark Axness, MD – Director of Anesthesiology
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University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Internship / Residency
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine & Hospice & Palliative Medicine - American Board of Anesthesiology
"We are totally integrated with the rest of the medical staff, including internal medicine, surgery, medical oncology, radiation therapy and radiology. There is a seamless flow of patient care from one specialty to the next without interruption."
Dr. Mark Axness
Director of Anesthesiology
As Director of Anesthesiology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern), Dr. Mark Axness understands the importance of pain control in cancer treatment. “We believe that the control of pain results in an enhanced immunologic profile for the patient,” says Dr. Axness.
Dr. Axness is a board-certified anesthesiologist with sub-specialty certification in pain management, as well as hospice and palliative medicine. He earned a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, followed by an internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Axness has practiced anesthesiology for more than 25 years, and joined the Pain Management Department at Southwestern in August 2005. “This is a physician-driven pain management department," says Dr. Axness. "We have dedicated pain management physicians with sub-specialty board certification, and a supporting staff of registered nurses to assist us.” Dr. Axness and his team of physicians handle all of the perioperative, inpatient and outpatient pain management needs at the hospital.
At Southwestern, patients have direct access to a physician who specializes in pain management, and who strives to aggressively treat their pain. “Having dedicated pain management physicians facilitates appropriate and rapid management of patients' pain,” says Dr. Axness. “We offer a full complement of traditional medical, interventional and allied therapies."
In addition, Dr. Axness and his team collaborate regularly with other Southwestern departments to provide comprehensive care for patients.