Dr. Ruben Kalra, MD

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Pain Medicine | Male

Pain Medicine Consultants 100 Rowland Way Ste 200, Novato, CA 94945 Get Directions
(415) 878-0255

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Care Philosophy

Pain Medicine Consultants is a local center of excellence in comprehensive pain medicine and minimally invasive spine care. We provide board-certified specialty care in the San Francisco bay area for all types of acute and chronic pain related conditions. We rely on a sophisticated combination of medications, interventional procedures, and wellness-based integrative techniques to insure that you ultimately are able to experience the maximum amount of long-term pain relief and maximal daily function. Chronic pain has an insidious ability to wreak havoc on a person's life if not treated promptly. Being in pain for a large percentage of the time causes people to stop doing things they want to do and stop relating to their loved ones in a rewarding fashion. Chronic pain can become the sole focus of a person's life. If severe and unchecked, this process results in a downward spiral that ultimately can cause a person to have difficulty experiencing a meaningful life. The specialty of pain medicine has a lot to offer most people when administered by compassionate and personable doctors. We specialize in a wide range of treatments including minimally invasive spine care, ultrasound guided joint injections and nerve blocks, minimally invasive lumbar decompression, sports injury recovery, complicated medication management, and integrative care options. We believe it is important to be evaluated and treated promptly by a doctor who has significant expertise, which is focused specifically in the pain medicine field. Pain Medicine Consultants is the only regional pain specialty practice whose physicians have both trained at internationally renowned universities (Stanford, Harvard, and the Mayo Clinic) and have been awarded double board certifications by the ABMS.Read more

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Born and raised in California and trained at Harvard in anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Kalra is both affable and...Read more

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based on 63 total surveys (5 with reviews)
Dr. Kalra's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (5)
in Concord |
I was referred to Dr. Kalra from my GP over 6 years ago. I have multiple injuries and chronic pain in several different areas of my body. His extensive knowledge of anatomy and his experience as a pain specialist have given me a tremendous amount of relief. Several issues are not curable but manageable and without his care I wouldn't be able to live as fully as I do. I am very thankful to have him as a provider.
in Antioch, CA |
I have been a patient of Dr. Kalra's for over 4 years. I have been seeing him for low back problems that have become very debilitating for me. I was previously with another medical organization prior to being treated by Dr. Kalra and during a 5 year period they did nothing to help me, whereas Dr, Kalra was already lining up procedures that drastically improved my quality of life within a few months of my initial visit with him. While my back has not been fixed Dr. Kalra has done so much to impr
in Antioch, CA |
I have been a of Dr. Kalra's the last year and half. I ended up here after many botched knee surgeries. My wife has been seeing him for 4 years and after seeing the miracles he has performed for her, I was more than willing to give him a shot to help me. He has helped me through the last 2 surgeries and has helped significantly reduce my pain and increase the quality of my life. While my goal is to stop being a patient here, due to him fixing me, I will miss his professionalism and good natu
in Antioch, CA |
Dr. Kalra is a very professional, patient, and a good listening doctor. He takes your concerns and addresses them every time. He makes recommendations for treatments that will help in the management of your pain. If for any reason it doesn't help he encourages you to try different procedures to find one that does. I like having options to address my personal medical problems. I would definitely recommend his practice to anyone seeking help with pain management.
in Fairfax, CA |
Implanted Neuro Stimulator 6 months ago and have experienced pain relief from a level 7-8 down to 0-1.
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Dr. Kalra says...

Born and raised in California and trained at Harvard in anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Kalra is both affable and approachable. He completed an anesthesia and critical care residency at Harvard's Brigham and Women's hospital followed by a pain management fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. This stellar program enabled him to learn first-hand from the Brigham's pioneering pain treatment techniques. Dr. Kalra maintains double board certifications in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He was the Chairman of the Cross-Campus Pain Management Team for the John Muir Walnut Creek & Concord Hospitals from 2010 to 2015 and serves as a board member for the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Kalra is an invited pain management expert forGrand Rounds. Dr. Kalra is the treating physician for the California Highway Patrol and hundreds of firefighters and law enforcement. Dr. Kalra has an avid interest in mindful meditation and the use of minimally invasive techniques for the relief of neck and back pain. He helped co-found a leading digital mindfulness platform designed to patients manage chronic pain, stress, and anxiety (http://wellbrain.io/)

Dr. Kalra speaks Spanish and also conversational Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Hindi, Bulgarian, and Haitian Creole. He enjoys surfing around the globe, barbecuing, yoga, and gardening.

Dr. Kalra's Care Philosophy

Pain Medicine Consultants is a local center of excellence in comprehensive pain medicine and minimally invasive spine care. We provide board-certified specialty care in the San Francisco bay area for all types of acute and chronic pain related conditions. We rely on a sophisticated combination of medications, interventional procedures, and wellness-based integrative techniques to insure that you ultimately are able to experience the maximum amount of long-term pain relief and maximal daily function.

Chronic pain has an insidious ability to wreak havoc on a person's life if not treated promptly. Being in pain for a large percentage of the time causes people to stop doing things they want to do and stop relating to their loved ones in a rewarding fashion. Chronic pain can become the sole focus of a person's life. If severe and unchecked, this process results in a downward spiral that ultimately can cause a person to have difficulty experiencing a meaningful life.

The specialty of pain medicine has a lot to offer most people when administered by compassionate and personable doctors. We specialize in a wide range of treatments including minimally invasive spine care, ultrasound guided joint injections and nerve blocks, minimally invasive lumbar decompression, sports injury recovery, complicated medication management, and integrative care options.

We believe it is important to be evaluated and treated promptly by a doctor who has significant expertise, which is focused specifically in the pain medicine field. Pain Medicine Consultants is the only regional pain specialty practice whose physicians have both trained at internationally renowned universities (Stanford, Harvard, and the Mayo Clinic) and have been awarded double board certifications by the ABMS.

Dr. Kalra says...

Pain Medicine Consultants is a local center of excellence in innovative comprehensive pain medicine and minimally invasive spine care. We provide board-certified specialty care in the San Francisco bay area for all types of acute and chronic pain related conditions. We rely on a sophisticated combination of medications, interventional procedures, and wellness-based integrative techniques to insure that you ultimately are able to experience the maximum amount of long-term pain relief and maximal daily function.

Dr. Kalra says...

Dr. Kalra has an avid interest in the use of minimally invasive techniques for the relief of neck and back pain as well as the use of mindful meditation in helping manage chronic pain.

Dr. Kalra is also a leading expert on Spinal Cord Stimulation. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an innovative and unique treatment option used to treat a variety pain conditions without the need for invasive surgery. He has expertise in providing Spinal Cord Stimulation for patients with numerous conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, ongoing back and leg pain after spine surgery, back pain, neck pain, chronic pain after cardiac and thoracic surgery, ongoing knee pain despite knee replacement, intercostal neuralgia, ilioinguinal neuralgia, intractable angina, trigeminal neuralgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, chronic abdominal pain, chronic pelvic pain, and migraines.

Dr. Kalra's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Pain Medicine
  •  Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Upper Back Pain

Education

  • Medical School
    University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine

    Graduated in 2001

  • Residency Hospital
    Brigham and Womens Hospital
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Brigham and Womens Hospital
  • Undergraduate School
    University of California At Berkeley

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Bulgarian
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Acupuncture
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Joint Drainage
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigger Point Injection