After receiving a Doctor of Medicine from Universidad del Noreste in Mexico and completing his medical training at New York Medical College Metropolitan Hospital Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Kenneth D. Candido commenced his career in 1989 at Lenox Hill Hospital. Serving there as an associate member of anesthesiology until 1997, he subsequently worked as the program director of anesthesiology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago from 1997 to 2001 and the director of acute pain management at the Northwestern University Medical Center from 2001 to 2005. Thereafter, he thrived as the director of the division of pain management at Loyola University Health Systems between 2005 and 2008. Since 2008, Dr. Candido has excelled as a clinical professor of surgery and anesthesiology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Alongside his primary ventures, Dr. Candido has served as the chairman of the department of anesthesiology for the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center since 2007, where he has further sat on their procedural sedation committee since 2010. Since 2016, he has also been recognized as the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Initiative. Certified in pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology since 1994, Dr. Candido holds medical licenses in the States of New Jersey, New York and Illinois.
Demonstrating versatility in his field, Dr. Candido has authored 175 peer-reviewed publications, as well as 92 textbook chapters and more than 100 lectures in continuing medical education. In May of 2021, he was an invited speaker at the Fundler International Conference on Pain. Throughout his career, he has focused his research on the effects of buprenorphine on prolonging pain relief from local anesthetic injections. In light of his achievements in medicine, he was elected a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago in 2003.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Candido has received numerous accolades. The recipient of the 2016 Academic Achievement Award from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, he previously earned the Alon P. Winnie Honorary Lecture Award in 2013, the Physician MVP Award and First Place Award from the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and Golden Apple Awards from Northwestern University in 2002 and 2003. Additionally, he was named a Favorite Physician by the Illinois People’s Choice Awards between 2008 and 2012, among myriad other honors.