Dr Nicolas Varela

Dr Nicolas Varela

Dr Nicolas Varela
Position:
Consultant in Chronic Pain Management
Local Pain Medicine Education Supervisor
NHS Contact Details:
Email:
rno-tr.chronicpainservice@nhs.net
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 3947 0043
Specialties:
Chronic Pain
Specialist clinical interests:
Neuropathic pain, Opioid medication management, neuromodulation.
Research interests:
  • Oral presentation at the International Neuromodulation Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2017. Varela N, Shetty A. PNE for SNS, is it a useful step?
  • Poster at NANS 2017. Burst Stimulation for Vestibulodynia, first case reported and 6 month’s outcomes.
  • Poster at INS 2017. Burst SCS for Vestibulodynia. 12 months outcomes.
  • Poster at Congress of the Spanish Society of Diabetes (SED). Barcelona. 2017. Pérez-Pevida B, Varela N, LLavero Valero M, Gómez Ambrosi J, Salvador J, Frühbeck G, Escalada J. Beta-cell function in non-diabetic patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Poster at Euroanaesthesia 2016: 15AP02-9 – Crespo-Santiago A., Varela N., Golvano-Sarriá M., Armendáriz-Buil I., Pérez-Pevida B. Cognitive disorders associated with hip fracture surgery in the elderly. An observational study
  • Poster at Euroanaesthesia 2016 : 01AP02-2 – Armendáriz-Buil I., Lobato-Solores F., Varela N. Reversal of neuromuscular blockade with sugammadex in type 2 diabetic patients
  • Poster at NSUKI 2016 ASM. Role of Pudendal Nerve block with or without Pulsed Radio-Frequency therapy in the management of Chronic Pelvic Pain. Manchester. UK
  • Poster at Congress of the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEN). Malaga. 2016. Pérez-Pevida B, Varela N, Romero S, Núñez Córdoba J, Gutiérrez Buey G, Llavero Valero M, Gargallo Vaamonde J, Salvador J, Frühbeck G, Escalada J. Behind Carbohydrate Metabolism Alterations and Beta Cell Dysfunction: predictive role of visceral adipose tissue in Normoglycemic Obese patients (The DICAMANO Study).
Professional profile:

Dr Varela studied medicine at University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain). After graduation, he completed his anaesthesia specialty training at the prestigious Clínica Universidad de Navarra including a rotation at the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière (Paris, France).

He was initially appointed Consultant Anaesthetist at the Hospital San Pedro in Logroño (La Rioja, Spain). After a few years, he underwent further training in Pain Medicine in London, including:

  • Post-CCT fellowship at the Royal National Orthopeadic Hospital
  • Post-CCT fellowship at the Pain Management Centre at NHNN (University College London Hospitals)
  • Post-CCT fellowship in Neuromodulation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals

He has been a Consultant at the RNOH since September 2017. His postgraduate degrees include:

  • DESA: Diplomate of the European Society of Anaesthesiology.
  • EDPM: European Diploma of Pain Medicine (European Pain Federation, EFIC), having obtained the highest qualification in Europe.
  • PhD: he completed a PhD in Pain Medicine at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain).

Dr Varela has a marked interest in research and education. He is currently the Educational Supervisor in our department and is also widely involved in the European Society of Anaesthesiology where he is both examiner and host for the London sitting of the EDAIC part 1 examination.

He holds two honorary positions: honorary clinical research fellow at University College London Hospitals and Visiting Professor at University of Navarra. He is a Senior Fellow of the London Pain Forum.

Education and training:
  • MD (Unav)
  • PhD (Hons., Int’l)
  • EDPM (Hons.)
  • DESA
Presentations and conferences:

Abstracts and presentations:

Oral presentation at the International Neuromodulation Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2017. Varela N, Shetty A. PNE for SNS, is it a useful step?

Poster at NANS 2017. Burst Stimulation for Vestibulodynia, first case reported and 6 month’s outcomes.

Poster at INS 2017. Burst SCS for Vestibulodynia. 12 months outcomes.

Poster at Congress of the Spanish Society of Diabetes (SED). Barcelona. 2017. Pérez-Pevida B, Varela N, LLavero Valero M, Gómez Ambrosi J, Salvador J, Frühbeck G, Escalada J. Beta-cell function in non-diabetic patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Poster at Euroanaesthesia 2016: 15AP02-9 – Crespo-Santiago A., Varela N., Golvano-Sarriá M., Armendáriz-Buil I., Pérez-Pevida B. Cognitive disorders associated with hip fracture surgery in the elderly. An observational study

Poster at Euroanaesthesia 2016 : 01AP02-2 – Armendáriz-Buil I., Lobato-Solores F., Varela N. Reversal of neuromuscular blockade with sugammadex in type 2 diabetic patients

Poster at NSUKI 2016 ASM. Role of Pudendal Nerve block with or without Pulsed Radio-Frequency therapy in the management of Chronic Pelvic Pain. Manchester. UK

Poster at Congress of the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEN). Malaga. 2016. Pérez-Pevida B, Varela N, Romero S, Núñez Córdoba J, Gutiérrez Buey G, Llavero Valero M, Gargallo Vaamonde J, Salvador J, Frühbeck G, Escalada J. Behind Carbohydrate Metabolism Alterations and Beta Cell Dysfunction: predictive role of visceral adipose tissue in Normoglycemic Obese patients (The DICAMANO Study).

Publications:

(Since 2016)

  • Humble SR, Varela N, Jayaweera A, Bhaskar A. Chronic postsurgical pain and cancer: the catch of surviving the unsurvivable. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2018;12(2):118-23.
  • Pérez-Pevida B, Varela N, Pérez Rodríguez S, Martínez Segura E, Salvador J, Escalada J. Control of cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes in a specialized clinic. Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra. 2017 Dec 29;40(3):413-420. doi: 10.23938/ASSN.0089.
  • Varela N, Guillén-Grima F, Pérez-Cajaraville JJ, Pérez-Hernández C, Monedero P. [Assessment of the impact of pain on work productivity: validation of the Spanish WPAI:Pain questionnaire]. An Sist Sanit Navar. 2016 Apr 29;39(1):77-85.
  • Varela N, Golvano M, Pérez-Pevida B. Safety of Sugammadex for Neuromuscular Reversal in Cardiac Transplant Patients. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2016 Aug; 30(4):e37.
  • Varela N, Golvano M, Monedero P. Transversus abdominal plane block as a sole anesthetic technique for abdominal wall hematoma drainage.Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación. 2016 Oct; 63(8):487-490.

Book chapters

  • Pérez-Pevida B, Varela N, Miras AD. Post-operative management of diabetes mellitus in obesity and post-weight loss surgery. Core Topics in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care of the Morbidly Obese Surgical Patient (Cambridge University Press). 1st Edition. 2018 (In press).
  • Sanchis Lopez N, Romero Garcia C, Rpdriguez Gimillo P, Nieto Conejos S, Manotagud Inza A, Romero Serrano E, Sanchis Martin R, Moore D, Varela N. Opioides de liberación rápida en el dolor crónico no oncológico. Cuando y en que patologías se deben de usar. En: J. De Andrés (ed.). Puesta al día en Anestesia Regional y Tratamiento del Dolor, Vol XX. ISSN 1578-5580. Barcelona. MRA Editorial; 2017. p. 655-666.

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