Dr. Ruben Kalra, MD

Dr. Ruben Kalra, MD

Pain Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 42
Dr. Ruben Kalra, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Novato, CA and has been practicing for 17 years. He graduated from University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine in 2001 and specializes in pain medicine, interventional spine medicine, and more.Read his story

100 Rowland Way Ste 200

Novato, CA 94945

Contact Information

(925) 287-1256

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Kalra performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
more than 96% of peers
very high
more than 96% of peers
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
very high
more than 94% of peers

Dr. Kalra's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Kalra's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kalra "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."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kalra "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."

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4  Specialties

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

2  Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

70  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
  • 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
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tension Headache
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Upper Back Pain
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34  Procedures

  • 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
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigger Point Injection
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of California At Berkeley
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Brigham and Womens Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Brigham and Womens Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kalra has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Bulgarian
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kalra's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kalra to family and friends
69 total reviews (10 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (69)

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Dr. Kalra's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (10)

I tried to get an appointment with Dr. Kalra for over three weeks and was jerked around by the staff multiple times. I had a referral from a neurologist and an okay from the insurance provider, but was not allowed to so much as speak to the "great" doctor but was told he refused to see me. So much...more
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The worst doctor experience I have ever had. I wish I could provide more detail, but I'm afraid of retaliation, as that's how low I think he is. Beware.
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Horrible experience today w/ Dr. Kalra. I was there... No compassion...my daughter is trying to get to the bottom of her chronic pain & the headaches that are associated w/ the pain as she desperately wants to get off the pain meds. He made her feel shameful for the amount of pain meds that she...more
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Horrible experience. Tremendously arrogant. He claims to know a lot more than he actually does. And he is not at all interested in really managing your pain or even understanding what or where your pain actually is. All he wants to do is push invasive, risky procedures --because that's what brings...more
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Terrible bedside manner, most cocky arrogant, md I've ever come across Would never recommend home as I am an RN Karla you are not with visit
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