836 W Wellington Ave Suite 4815, Chicago, IL 60657

Kenneth Candido
location_onUnited States

• Board of Director of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
• Patients’ Choice award; America’s Most Compassionate Doctors
• Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


Kenneth Candido is a distinguished physician based in Chicago, Illinois. With thirty-two years of experience, Dr. Candido is a leading expert in the field of pain management. Currently serving as Chairman and President of Chicago Anesthesia Pain Specialists, his primary focus is chronic pain management with a particular emphasis on spinal pain amongst other acute chronic conditions and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Candido’s impetus for pursuing medicine was a natural one. As he tells it, he felt compelled to learn as much as he could about the human body due to his childhood fear of pain and death:

“The two greatest fears I had growing up were the fear of pain and the fear of death. And I thought that the best way to conquer those fears would be to address them directly which would be to have the greatest amount of knowledge I could about prolonging life. For selfish reasons and then obviously for altruistic reasons ones I learned what really was at stake. In the process I found methodologies for managing chronic pain conditions or limiting the acute pain conditions from subsequently becoming chronic. So it was my life’s mission to try to find the things that I feared the greatest and then address them head on.

After receiving his medical degree from New York Medical College, Dr. Candido went on there to complete his residency in Anesthesiology, followed by a Fellowship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Today, he remains at his alma mater, University of Illinois where he is now a professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at the school’s Chicago campus.

Since completing his training, Dr. Candido has seen a swift rise in the medical field of pain management, most recently through his work at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical College. Unlike many of his colleagues in clinical practice, he has an extensive background in clinical research regarding pathways and treatment of chronic pain. Due to his comprehensive and impressive understanding of acute chronic conditions, Dr. Candido has published more than 100 original articles in peer-reviewed literature, more than seventy textbook chapters and has delivered more than 700 original continued medical education lectures.

As a leader in his industry, Dr. Candido served for many years as a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s Committee on Chronic Pain. He was unique in being the only individual in the society’s forty year history to ever Chair the American Society of Regional Anesthesia’s Annual Meeting twice in a single year. He was the Fellowship Director and Chairman and Professor of the Pain Program at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois for many years. He also was the Chair of Acute Pain at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago and the Chairman of Trauma Anesthesia and Program Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Program at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.


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More recently, Dr. Candido was named a Section Editor of the journal “Pain Physician”, and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.” He has been a frequent Visiting Professor at some of the nation’s most prestigious centers of higher medical education, including the Cleveland Clinic, Cornell University, Rush Medical School, the University of Illinois, Rutgers Medical School, Case Western Reserve, The Hospital for Special Surgery, and many others.

With this prominence in his field, Dr. Candido invariably keeps a watchful eye on prevailing trends in pain management. In particular, he is paying close attention to an increasing dependence on opioids. But as a well-renowned pioneer in pain management, Dr. Candido is looking to alternative treatments to allay what he regards as a spreading epidemic. He noted:

“We are in accordance with the fact that opioid medications, which are narcotics of course, are being over utilized by the vast majority of Americans suffering from chronic pain. And it’s been pointed out by multiple entities that even though Americans constitute a relatively small percentage of the world’s population, three to five percent, we consume anywhere from eighty-five to ninety percent of the world’s narcotics and clearly that’s led to iatrogenic over medication of our population and leads to about eighty opioid related overdose deaths every single day in this country. So we’re at the forefront of trying to identify new or novel strategies and techniques for managing chronic pain without the requirement to rely upon narcotic analgesics. The last several years, our whole concept has been to move away from narcotics.”

After over three decades dedicated to medicine, Dr. Candido shows no signs of slowing down. A member of numerous medical associations and societies, he continues to remain a linchpin in his field. A highly compassionate and ambitious man, Dr. Candido always strives to further educate himself in order to provide superlative care to his patients.


Detailed Career Information

Education, Training & Certification

M.D. – New York Medical College

Residency in Anesthesiology – New York Medical College

Fellowship – University of Illinois College of Medicine

Internship – New York Medical College

Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Professional Memberships

Board of Director of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; American Society of Regional Anesthesia; Society for Pain Practice Management; Speaker’s Bureau for the Dannemiller Memorial Education Foundation; American Heart Association; American Cancer Society

Awards & Honors

Patients’ Choice award; America’s Most Compassionate Doctors

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