Richard Noren, MD

Richard Noren, MD

Pain Management Physician

Board Certifications
  • Anesthesiology

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Pain Management
  • Epidural Injections
  • Nerve Injections
  • Implantable Nerve Stimulators


Dr. Richard Noren is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. His practice is dedicated to the treatment of pain, particularly back and neck pain, complex regional pain syndromes, other forms of neuropathy and arthritis. He offers the latest in pain management care, including epidural injections, nerve injections, and implantable nerve stimulators to relieve chronic pain. Originally an anesthesiologist, he decided to become a pain management specialist because he wanted a more one-on-one, long term relationship with his patients. His current practice is now limited to pain management only. Dr. Noren brings true compassion and empathy when caring for patients. He takes time to listen, understand the condition fully and provide the best, safest treatment plan for each individual. The goal for all of his patients is to help them understand their treatment options, participate in choosing the best plan to relieve their pain, and ultimately improve their ability to function.

Dr. Noren enjoys an active lifestyle including skiing, hiking and golf. These activities give him an added appreciation of the importance of healthy, pain-free joints and help fuel his determination to improve his patients’ conditions.

Compassionate care isn’t a relationship between the wounded and the healer, but a relationship between equals."

Richard Noren, MD


Medical School

Washington University School of Medicine


Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center- Surgery


Emory University- Anesthesiology


Emory University- Acute and Chronic Pain Management

  • Top Pain Management Specialist Award, Chicago Metropolitan Area and Midwest Region, Castle-Connelly Award: 2023
  • Chicago Magazine Top Doctor - Pain Management, 2022-2023
  • Top Doctor in Pain Medicine, Chicago Magazine, "Top Doctors 2021"
  • Top Doctors in America U.S. News: 2011
  • Top Pain Management Specialist, Chicago Metropolitan Area, Castle-Connelly Aware: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2001
  • MVP Award for Physician Excellence, Advocate Healthcare: 1997-1998

Professional Appointments:

  • Director, Pain Management Program, Midwest Regional Medical Ctr., Zion IL: 1995-1998
  • Director, Palliative Care, Midwest Regional Medical Ctr, Zion IL: 1996-1998
  • Medical Director, Pain Clinic, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge IL: 1993-2010
  • Medical Director, Functional Restoration Program: 1998-1999

Academic Appointments:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA: 1992-1993
  • Clinical Faculty, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta GA: 1992-1993
  • Clinical Faculty, Center for Pain Medicine, Atlanta GA: 1992-1993
  • Clinical Instructor, Health South Back & Neck Institute, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago IL: 1989-1999
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