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Samir Sharma, MD

Born and raised in Joliet, Dr. Sharma graduated from Joliet West High School in 1993, and continued his college education at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Participating in an accelerated combined degree program integrating engineering and medicine, Dr. Sharma earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in three years and completed medical school at the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School in 2000.

Dr. Sharma completed a rotating internship in surgery and internal medicine in 2000- 2001 at Lutheran General Hospital, followed by residency in anesthesiology at RUSH Presbyterian St.-Luke’s Medical Center. In 2004, Dr. Sharma furthered his education in interventional pain management with fellowship training at the University of Michigan.

As a leader among pain management physicians and co-founding member of Pain & Spine Institute, Dr. Sharma brings significant experience in treating the most difficult pain syndromes to Joliet and the surrounding suburbs Chicago. Special interventional interests include facet neurotomy for spinal arthritis pain, minimally invasive herniated disc decompression, radio-frequency ablation for neuropathic pain, and spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery syndrome.

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Udit V. Patel, DO, MS

Dr. Patel grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and attended Loyola University Chicago to obtain a degree in Chemistry. Furthering his education, Dr. Patel completed a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Finally, he received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2002. Dr. Patel completed a rotating internship in Florida then completed an Anesthesiology residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic located in Chicago. Dr. Patel excelled throughout his training, receiving the Intern of the Year and Resident of the Year awards. Displaying strong leadership skills, Dr. Patel was appointed Chief Resident of his intern and resident classes. Dr. Patel finished his postgraduate training with a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management from the University of Michigan in 2007.

As a co-founder of Pain & Spine Institute and a leader among pain management physicians, Dr. Patel’s area of interest include interventional treatment for post-laminectomy syndrome, spinal arthritis, and neuromodulation.

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Raj Patel, MD

Dr. Patel is a board certified fellowship trained interventional pain physician here at our pain clinic. He completed his bachelor of science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduating with honors. He then attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following medical school, Dr. Patel completed both his internship and residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan during which time he published in a peer reviewed journal. He continued his training completing his fellowship in interventional pain medicine at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Patel has presented numerous times at national meetings including the American Society of Anesthesiology annual meeting. Dr. Patel has wide ranging interests in interventional pain medicine including cervical spine disorders, Botox for headaches, post laminectomy syndrome, lumbar spine arthropathy, herniated disc disease, complex regional pain syndrome and spinal cord stimulation. Standing as a leader among pain management physicians he has significant experience treating a broad array of complex pain disorders.

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Russ Wudel, PA-C

Russ grew up in the state of South Dakota. He attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1978. He continued his education at the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1984. He went on to further his education at the Cook County Hospital/Malcolm X College in Chicago, IL receiving his Physician Assistant degree in 2001.

He was in private practice of Chiropractic for several years in Chicago, IL. He also worked for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Company. Russ has been currently practicing as a Physician Assistant at Hinsdale Orthopedics and most recently at Elmhurst Orthopedics in the Chicago area.

India Hollinquest, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

India is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner at our pain practice. She grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and attended The University of Illinois at Chicago, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, with major in Applied Psychology & minor in Biological Sciences in 2009. She went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Resurrection University in 2010; and later furthered her career by obtaining a Master’s of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from Olivet Nazarene University in 2016.

India excelled as a Registered Nurse and received hospital-wide recognition for excellent nursing care at UIC Hospital with the “Caught in the Act” Award & “Daisy Award”. India has spent the majority of her career and expertise in specialty areas of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Psychology, and Pain Management.

Her perspective on pain management is that it is always best to take time to listen to each individual patient’s concerns to provide optimal solutions; as there is no “one-size-fits all treatment”.

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