Eugene Lipov, M.D., DABA, FABA
Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Managment
To describe Dr. Eugene Lipov, people often use the following three words: Innovator, Leader, Philanthropist. As medical director of Advanced Pain Centers in suburban Chicago, director of pain research at Northwest Community Hospital and medical director of Chicago Medical Innovations, a non-profit he founded, Lipov brings these terms to life every day, steering cutting-edge research to develop new approaches for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), menopausal hot flashes and more. In addition, he has become a spokesperson on his use of the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) to treat these conditions, being featured in medical journals, military publications, newspapers and television programs throughout the U.S.
Dr. Lipov was born into a family of physicians as his parents were among the first group of doctors to take care of the Russian émigrés in the 1970s and ‘80s in Chicago. Born in 1958 in Tcheracy, Ukraine, Lipov came to the U.S. in 1973. After receiving a B.A. in biochemistry from Northwestern University in 1980 and his M.D. from Northwestern University in 1984, he completed fellowships in anesthesiology, pain management and cardiology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. He opened his private practice in 1996.
A sought after spokesperson on the subjects of pain management, anesthesia, hot flashes, hybrid stimulators and now PTSD, Dr. Lipov has led approximately 50 lectures around the world. In addition to his current book Exit Strategy, a discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD, he has authored The Adventures of Captain Heart (co-authored with his then 4-year-old son, now nine) which explains how 3-7 year-olds can maintain a healthy heart) and Menopause -- A Cool New You (which discusses hot flashes and his method for treating them). Dr. Lipov is also the co-author of more than 50 abstracts and presentations. In addition, he testified in 2010 before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to receive funding for his scientific study of SBG for PTSD.
In 2008, Dr. Lipov founded his non-profit organization, Chicago Medical Innovations, to further develop and research various pain mechanisms and new applications for the treatment of PTSD and hot flashes. He has personally raised more than $100,000 to help fund the research and used his own money to fly suffering soldiers throughout the U.S. to his office in Chicago for free SGB injections. The organization is presently raising money to assist women who have suffered trauma through a sexual assault and are now diagnosed with PTSD. Many of his patients, both men and women, have long suffered with the disorder, on the brink of suicide and other life disasters. They have claimed this experimental treatment to have saved their lives.
Dr. Lipov is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, International Spinal Injection Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the North American Spine Society.