Great Lakes Clinical Trials has partnered with Premier Pain & Spine to form Chicago’s leading research clinic focusing on pain-related Issues.  This relationship provides the thousands of patients being followed by Premier Pain & Spine to have convenient access to the quality research programs conducted by the Great Lakes Clinical Trials team. Pharmaceutical sponsors will benefit from the clinical expertise and the commitment to a pain-free life, of the Premier Pain physicians and their staff

About Premier Pain & Spine

As one of the largest private pain practices in the Midwest, Premier Pain & Spine provides individualized pain management programs to meet the needs of each patient with advanced and cutting edge treatments in order to produce the highest possible success rates.  Each of the adept and compassionate providers at Premier Pain & Spine are double board-certified and have been trained in interventional pain medicine from the most prestigious pain programs in the nation, including New York Presbyterian Hospital/University, Northwestern University,  Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital of Columbia and Cornell and the University of Michigan.

Research Investigators

While all of seven of the Premier Pain & Spine physicians are involved in referring patients for clinical trial programs, the following physicians have taken an active role in participating as investigators on Great Lakes Clinical Trials' pain research programs:


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.


Arpan Patel, MD, one of the founders of Premier Pain & Spine, is a Double Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a Fellowship Trained Interventional Pain Management Physician. He and his partners are the Directors of the Pain Management Center at MacNeal, West Suburban, and Westlake Hospitals.

Dr. Patel specializes in the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of all pain conditions. His particular interests include complex regional pain syndrome, cancer pain, peripheral and central neuromodulation, vertebral compression fractures/osteoporosis, and cervicogenic headaches. He has presented on various pain topics nationally and internationally.

Dr. Patel is a member in good-standing with the American Society of Anesthesiology, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and International Spine Intervention Society.

As one of the co-founders of Premier Pain & Spine, Dr. Arpan Patel’s mission coincides with that of the other physicians and staff in his group, specifically, to provide compassionate, innovative, and comprehensive care. He recognizes that pain medicine involves a multi-disciplinary approach.

As a result, he believes that coordination-of-care and communication between involved physicians is essential and remains the foundation for excellent patient outcomes. By integrating different modalities of pain-reducing therapies, Dr. Patel hopes to help his patients regain their functionality and enjoy life once again.

Therapeutic Focus

As the top pain management practice in Chicago, Premier Pain & Spine treats most types of pain-related conditions. This includes those that are either basic or complex, acute or chronic. With over thirty treatment options available, pain relief is typically achieved. All of the conditions below are adeptly treated at Premier Pain & Spine's 8 locations throughout Chicago's metropolitan area:

Premier Pain & Spine are now also offering regenerative medicine with stem cell and PRP therapy to help patients avoid surgery, regenerate areas of damage, achieve pain relief and get back to desired activities

Contact Premier Pain & Spine

We encourage you to get in touch with Premier Pain & Spine with your pain related issues, feedback, questions and for appointments.  You can contact our physicians or staff at (847) 519-4701 or by visiting their website at

If you are interested in participating in a pain-related clinical trial, please visit our Current Studies page by clicking here.