Physician Detail
Shalu Gugnani

Shalu Gugnani, M.D.

Medical Director, Addictive Disorders

Addiction Medicine

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Board Certification(s)

Family Medicine/Addiction Medicine


Languages spoken

Medical School

University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, IL 2008


Family Medicine, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Nashville, TN, 2014


Addiction Medicine, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics/Williams S. Middleton Memorial VA, 2015

Location 1

901 W. Kirchhoff Road
Arlington Heights IL 60005
Phone: 847-432-5464

Location 2

880 W. Central Road
Suite 7100
Arlington Heights IL 60005
Phone: 847-618-4076

Primary Specialty

Addiction Medicine

Clinical Interests



Busch, A. C., Denduluri, M., Glass, J., Hetzel, S., Gugnani, S. P., Gassman, M., Krahn, D., Deyo, B. and Brown, R. (2017), Predischarge Injectable Versus Oral Naltrexone to Improve Postdischarge Treatment Engagement Among Hospitalized Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder: A Randomized Pilot Proof-of-Concept Study. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. doi:10.1111/acer.13410

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 AOA Medical Honor Society
  • 2014 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award
  • Faculty Appointment, University of Wisconsin, Clinical Instructor, 2014-2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Shalu P. Gugnani, M.D. (2015, May). Marijuana: A Blunt Discussion on Use and Implications. Oral Presentation presented at: Addiction Medicine Grand Rounds- The University of Wisconsin Hospital; Madison, WI.
  • Shalu P. Gugnani, M.D. (2015, January). Buprenorphine Maintenance and Acute Pain Management. Oral Presentation presented at: Addiction Medicine Grand Rounds- The University of Wisconsin Hospital; Madison, WI.
  • Shalu P. Gugnani, M.D. (2013, September). Management of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal. Oral Presentation presented at: Family Medicine Morbidity and Mortality Conference-Meharry Medical College/Vanderbilt Alliance; Nashville, TN.
  • Shalu P. Gugnani, M.D. (2007, June). The Solitary Pulmonary Nodule. Oral Presentation presented at: Tumor Board; Chicago, IL.


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