Ron Harbut, M.D., PhD
Board Certified Pain Specialist
Dr. Harbut is a fellowship-trained, board-certified pain medicine specialist with over 20 years of clinical experience. He is also a board-certified anesthesiologist. He received his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and his residency in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He completed his fellowship in pain management at the prestigious Mayo School of Graduate Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona. He also completed a Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and a B.Sc. in pharmacy at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Harbut has extensive experience in pain management, including interventional pain management and intravenous ketamine infusion therapy. Dr. Harbut was the first physician in the United States to receive FDA approval for an official ketamine treatment protocol, and has been treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) patients with ketamine therapy for over 18 years. He is a member of the Spine Intervention Society and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
A world traveler and internationally recognized pain management physician, Dr. Harbut has held visiting physician positions at hospitals in Australia and Canada. He was also awarded a research grant from the American RSDHope Group in 2016 to assist in the development of an Android-based app to help CRPS patients monitor the types, intensities, locations, and patterns of spread of pain they are suffering with, and more importantly, to monitor how all the different types of pain they suffer with respond to ketamine therapy.
Though he initially trained to be a pharmacist, research pharmacologist, and anesthesiologist, Dr. Harbut’s experience and career interests ultimately led him to a different path. He wanted to focus all of his education and efforts on the relief of chronic pain in a holistic manner. Dr. Harbut states, “The most rewarding aspect of my job is improving the lives of patient’s by reducing their chronic pain and being able to see them smile again.”