By Bob Uphues
A downtown Riverside medical office building that most recently housed a controversial pain clinic is up for sale.
The 16,354-square-foot property at 28 E. Burlington St., which includes a one-story, white stucco office building, an adjacent parking lot and a three-car garage is listed for $749,000.
The building has a reception area, waiting room, an operating room, a post-op room, six examination rooms, six offices, three bathrooms and a basement, according to the online listing.
While the building is outfitted as a medical office, it could be converted to general office or retail uses, the listing states.
The property sits between two others, the former Coveny Lane building at 30 E. Burlington, and the Village Center condominium building at 10 E. Burlington St. The now-vacant Coveny Lane building, whose interior has been gutted and awaits redevelopment. is owned by Riverside businessman Patrick Leone, who also owns the ground-floor commercial units of the Village Center.
The building has been owned for many years, at least since 2009, by Dr. Hatem Galal. Prior to 2009, the property's ownership was held in a real estate trust whose members are not listed on documents available on the Cook County Recorder of Deeds' website.
Galal operated a cosmetic surgery practice at the building prior to retiring in 2012.
In January 2013, Galal rented the space to Riverside Pain Management, which moved to Riverside from Melrose Park. The office manager of the clinic was Dr. Joseph Giacchino, whose medical license had been revoked by the state in 2011
While Giacchino served as the office manager, medical examinations and prescriptions were handled by Dr. Paul Madison and Dr. William McMahon.
In 2012, Madison had been indicted in federal court for insurance fraud, a case which still has not gone to trial. The next court date in that case is Sept. 5.
In late 2016, the state of Illinois suspended the licenses of both McMahon and Madison for improperly prescribing controlled substances. McMahon's license has since been inactivated. Madison has sought for a Cook County judge to lift the suspension of his license, but has not been successful.
In December 2016, Madison's name surfaced as part of another federal investigation in Massachusetts against executives of a company that marketed the powerful opioid drug fentanyl. Madison, who allegedly was paid to take part in the company's sham speaker program in exchange for prescribing the drug, has not been charged in connection with that case.
Riverside Pain Management closed its doors at 28 E. Burlington St. on March 10, and the clinic's website is no longer active.
This story has been changed to clarify Patrick Leone's ownership interest in the Village Center building.