Welcome 2021 Pain Medicine Fellows!

Six physicians began their Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship with us this summer. Please help us welcome them to the team!

12-Month Fellowships

Ahmad Abdul-Rahim

Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, DO

Dr. Abdul-Rahim earned his medical degree at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida. He has served on the department’s Resident Education Committee, participated in research, and volunteers with multiple programs. In his free time, Dr. Abdul-Rahim enjoys hiking, swimming, scuba diving, and spending time with family.


Mark Bender

Mark Bender, MD

Dr. Bender earned his medical degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Orlando Health and an elective rotation with our Pain Medicine program in 2019. He completed a quality improvement project during his rotation to reduce the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents and create a standardized questionnaire to help identify patients who have true contrast allergies to minimize adverse events during interventional pain procedures. In his free time, Dr. Bender enjoys scuba diving, surfing, hiking, playing the drums, and rock climbing.


Julia Eidelman

Julia Eidelman, DO

Dr. Eidelman earned her medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida. She has presented her research at multiple conferences, including an oral presentation at the ASRA Pain Conference in New Orleans last year. In her free time, Dr. Eidelman enjoys competitive ballroom dancing, traveling to new places, and Russian food.


Jeff Pence

Jeff Pence, DO

Dr. Pence earned his medical degree at Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida. He has volunteered with the Acetaminophen Stewardship Committee to encourage appropriate acetaminophen use. In his free time, Dr. Pence enjoys going to the beach and Disney with his family, watching TV, audiobooks, snowboarding, and collecting Star Wars Lego sets.


14-Month Fellowships

Nikhil Makhija, D.O.

Nikhil Makhija, DO

Dr. Makhija earned his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has volunteered with the UIC College of Medicine Mentorship program teaching medical students more about clinical medicine and the field of anesthesiology. He has presented at a wide range of conferences and participated in research projects. In his spare time, Dr. Makhija enjoys morning jogs, billiards, tennis, ping pong, and soccer.


Viswanath Ramaswamy

Viswanath Ramaswamy, MD

Dr. Ramaswamy earned his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts, where he also completed anesthesiology residency. He was recognized with the Resident Teacher of the Year award from his residency program for his outstanding teaching, leadership, and mentoring of medical students and fellow residents. He completed a quality improvement project exploring the effectiveness of lumbar transforaminal epidural injection interventions based on patient-centered outcomes to provide a more personalized level of care. In his spare time, Dr. Ramaswamy enjoys basketball, technology, personal finance, and DIY projects around the house.


Learn more about our pain medicine fellowship.