Jeff Ross, MD
Psychiatry

Dr. Jeff Ross is a board-certified psychiatrist who has conducted over 130 clinical trials across multiple disease areas including mood, anxiety, psychotic, cognitive (Alzheimer’s, MCI), sleep and substance abuse disorders. As an instructor of medical students and psychiatry residents at Chicago-area institutions (Northwestern University Medical School, Rush Medical College, Evanston Hospital, Illinois College of Optometry) over the past 20 years, Dr. Ross has provided ongoing medical education in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, equipping new physicians with important insights into the interviewing, care, & long-term management of patients with psychiatric illness.

Following his post-graduate fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Medical Center, Dr. Ross served as Medical Associate at Rush’s Treatment Research Center and Attending Psychiatrist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, as well as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Rush Medical College. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Ross maintains licensure in Illinois and continues to maintain his affiliation with the aforementioned academic centers. In addition, Dr. Ross’ private practice enables him to remain connected to the real world management of psychiatric illness.

From his extensive research experience, Dr. Ross has gained expertise in investigations across development phases (Phase I-IV), treatment settings (inpatient and outpatient), duration (short and long-term), trial design (open, blinded, acute therapy, relapse prevention), and intervention (psychotherapy and psychopharmacology). Aside from numerous peer-reviewed publications and lectures, Dr. Ross has also developed a particular niche providing psychiatric educational book reviews (Doody’s Health Sciences) for over a decade.

Kiran Chekka, MD
Pain Management

Kiran Chekka, MD, is a Fellowship Trained Interventional Pain Physician and Double Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Dr. Chekka was accepted into the prestigious Pennsylvania State University-Thomas Jefferson University accelerated medical program directly from high school. After completing his medical education at Jefferson Medical College, he completed Anesthesia residency training at Northwestern University and then completed a pain medicine fellowship at Northwestern during which he served as Chief Fellow.

Dr. Chekka then served as an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University for four years. During this period, Dr. Chekka published original research and abstract publications in Acute Pain Medicine, Regional Anesthesia, and Chronic Pain Medicine.  Dr. Chekka presented original research for four straight years at the prestigious American Society of Regional Anesthesia and the American Society of Anesthesiology annual meetings.

As one of the first graduates of a multi-disciplinary pain fellowship, Dr. Chekka truly believes in a compassionate team approach to treating chronic pain. He focuses on functional restoration and improvement of quality of life as well as reduction of pain.

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Chekka maintains one of the largest pain management practices in the State of Illinois, with five partners across seven locations, Premier Pain Specialists.

Mimi Van Der Leden, MD, PhD
Family Practice

Dr Van Der Leden is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.  She has twenty years of clinical experience and nine years of experience working in clinical trial research.  She has been an investigator on over 75 clinical trials in a variety of therapeutic areas, including internal medicine, chronic pain, women’s health, mood disorders, sleep disorders, musculoskeletal disease, dermatology, and neurology.

She is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal Canada and completed her MD, PhD at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  She has several publications to her credit and has made multiple presentations in the field of women’s health.  She has been an active member in the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, serving on various public health/task force committees.  She has served on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association, and is currently Board President of a local non profit.  As former medical director of a research center, she brings enthusiasm and expertise to Great Lakes Clinical Trials.

John Lavaccare, MD
Neurology

Dr. Lavaccare is Board-Certified in Neurology and has been an investigator on over 50 clinical trials including studies in Alzheimer's Disease,  Mild Cognitive Impairment, Parkinson's Disease, Vaccines, Insomnia and  Depression.

Dr. Lavaccare earned his Medical Degree from the University of Chicago and did his fellowship in Neurophysiology (EEG, EMG, PSG) at Rush Medical Center in Chicago.

Bruce Gober, MD
Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine

Bruce Gober, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and is one of Chicago’s most experienced clinicians specializing in psychotic disorders. He has worked locally with this population since completing his residency at Loyola University (Chicago) in 1975. Besides his clinical expertise, which focuses on individualized patient care, Dr. Gober consults with a wide variety of clinicians and mental health programs across the region on specific cases and policies and has over 20 years experience as Medical Director of an ICF (intermediate care facility).

Manish Jain, MD
Rheumatology

Dr. Manish Jain is a board-certified rheumatologist and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Swedish Covenant Hospital and Presence St. Francis Hospital. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed his Rheumatology Fellowship at New York University.  Dr. Jain has been in practice for 9 years and is one of 3 doctors on staff at Presence St. Francis Hospital and one of 4 at Swedish Covenant Hospital who specialize in Rheumatology.