R. Norman Harden, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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R. Norman Harden

R. Norman Harden, MD

  • Medical Director, Center for Pain Studies

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Clinical Interests

Amputation and Limb Deficiencies, Arthritis and Joint Conditions, Back Injury, Back Injury/Pain, Deconditioning, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Herniated Discs, Low Back Pain, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Myofascial Pain, Neck Pain, Neurological Conditions, Nontraumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Osteoarthritis, Overuse Injuries, Pain Management/Chronic Pain, Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction, Psoriatic, Rheumatoid, Rotator Cuff Injury, RSD / CRPS, Sciatica, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spinal Cord Injury, Work-Related Injuries

Education, Residency and Internship


Medical College of Georgia, Emory, Augusta, Georgia, Doctor of Medicine


Cornell/Sloan Kettering, New York, New York, Observership in Cancer Pain Control
Medical University of South Carolina-Charleston, Intern
Medical University of South Carolina, Neurology Resident


Pain Control and Rehabilitation Institute of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, Fellow

Additional Information

Center for Pain Studies

Honors & Awards

2003 - Present: Chairman, Clinical Affairs Committee, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association
2003 - Present: Editorial Board, Journal of Neuropathic Pain
2003 - Present: North American Editor, Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
2002 - Present: Reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
2001 - Present: Robert G. Addison Chair in Pain Studies, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
2001 - Present: Board of Trustees for CARF
2001 - Present: Reviewer, Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2001 - Present: Reviewer, Anesthesia & Analgesia
2000 - Present: Editor, Innovations Section, American Pain Society Bulletin
2000 - Present: Editorial Board, Current Pain and Headache Reports
2000 - Present: Program Director, IASP Research Symposium: CRPS
1999 - Present: Editorial Board, Clinical Journal of Pain
1999 - Present: Reviewer, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
1999 - Present: Reviewer, Medical Problems of Performing Artists
2007: Selected as a "Top Doctor" by Chicago Magazine
2003: Nominating Committee, American Pain Society
2002: Castle Conolly Guide to Best Doctors: Chicago Metropolitan Area
2000-2002: Rosen Research Scholar, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


Harden RN. Cytokine imbalance/activity as a unifying hypothesis for the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? Pain 2012 Feb; 152(2):247-8.

Harden RN. Ketamine Analgesia: A Call for Better Science. Pain Medicine. 2012;13:145-47.

Research Interests

Medication trials for pain, post amputation pain, psychological aspects of pain, complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia. headache, back and neck injury, spinal cord injury pain, pain and multiple sclerosis

Certifications & Licenses

Chronic Pain Management

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Doctor's Contact Information

  • Office Phone: 312-238-7800