José G. Avila–Calles, MD, PhD

Dr. Avila completed his medical degree at the University of Zulia School of Medicine in Venezuela in 1997. Then, went onto completing a Master’s in Surgical Sciences from Imperial College in London and a Ph.D. in Experimental Transplant Surgery from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

He joined the University of Illinois in Chicago as Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Surgery and then at Emory University in Atlanta, GA for 3 years. He then did 2 years of surgical residency and completed an Anesthesiology Residency at Emory University School of Medicine. Subsequently, he completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship and is double boarded in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

In the last 5 years, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then joined East Carolina Anesthesiology Associates for the last 3 years working as Staff Pain Specialist.

He is fluent in three languages, Spanish, English, and Italian. He has several prizes and awards, one of which is the “Ahmet Sezgin” Resident Award, bestowed upon him by the anesthesiology residents of Emory University School of Medicine for exhibiting exemplary interpersonal skills, a unique desire to teach, and a contagious zest for life.