Dr. Ruben Kalra, MD

Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 44
  
Dr. Kalra
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Pain Medicine Consultants - a division of BASS Medical Group

100 Rowland Way Ste 200 Novato, CA 94945

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Dr. Ruben Kalra, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Novato, CA and has over 19 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Kalra has more experience with Pain Management and Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine medical school in 2001. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as John Muir Medical Center - Concord and John Muir Medical Center - Walnut Creek. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kalra to book an appointment.


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I learned from another doctor that Kalra gossiped with him about MY undergarments. I AM AN INJURED PERSON WHO NEEDED TREATMENT & YOU TREATED ME LIKE A JOKE. Shameful. Disgusting. Scummy.
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Jade JD – May 22, 2020
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Staff, especially assistant Elizabeth. are very unprofessional. Dr, Kalra performed two completely unnecessary procedures. and over-prescribed pain meds that were the root of the problems that he did the procedures were for. totally out of touch and hurries you into treatment that you don't need. #1 goal is to sell you on treatment, whether you need it or not. STAY AWAY FROM THIS QUACK!!!
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Nov 18, 2019
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He is a wonderful doctor and the staff is very helpful
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Oct 15, 2018
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Excellent doctor. Warm, caring, smart, approachable and funny. Not sure about some of the reviews here as he was nothing but warm and attentive- a far cry from my previous pain management doctors. He gave me specific exercises to do which have helped my low back & recommended a meditation program which has helped my anxiety. Great, personable doctor
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Sarah J in CA – Aug 20, 2018
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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 for his great caring and compassion for pain patients. Never had a doctor not even meet the patient before deciding not to help. He gets a "zero" in my book.
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Sara in San Rafael – Mar 02, 2018
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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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Feb 28, 2018
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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 takes and went on all possible treatments that were not even related to her symptoms.At one point he was trying to list the positives in her life and pointed out that at least she wasn't dead!!
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Mill Valley, CA – Sep 07, 2017
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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 in the most money.
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Jun 16, 2017
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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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Chris in Walnut Creek ca – Apr 24, 2017
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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.
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Cindy in Concord – Aug 06, 2016
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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
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lynn in Antioch, CA – Jul 30, 2016
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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
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Lee in Antioch, CA – Jul 30, 2016
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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.
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Janina A. in Antioch, CA – Jul 08, 2016
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Implanted Neuro Stimulator 6 months ago and have experienced pain relief from a level 7-8 down to 0-1.
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Moey in Fairfax, CA – Mar 05, 2016
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About Me

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 condit...

Specialties

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

Board Certifications

Education

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

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Bulgarian
  • English

Awards

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(925) 287-1256

Dr. Kalra accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna EPO
Open Choice PPO
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Blue Shield of California
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CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Basic PPO
Western Health Advantage

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Practice Areas

Pain Management

Pain management specialists diagnose and treat pain and pain-related conditions through procedures including medication, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.

Typically treats 61% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 21 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Chronic Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kalra treats Chronic Pain more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Kalra treats this condition more than 100% of their peers

Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kalra treats Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Kalra treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Chronic Neck Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kalra treats Chronic Neck Pain more than 92% of their peers

Dr. Kalra treats this condition more than 92% of their peers

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.

Typically treats 55% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kalra treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Kalra treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kalra treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Kalra treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kalra treats Spondylosis more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Kalra treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

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Dr. Kalra's conditions and procedures:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Pain
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chest Wall Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Migraine
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • 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
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tension Headache
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Torticollis
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Locations

Pain Medicine Consultants - a division of BASS Medical Group

Novato Office100 Rowland Way Ste 200 Novato, CA 94945
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  • Hours
    • Mon: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Pain Medicine Consultants - a division of BASS Medical Group2250 Morello Ave Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

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John Muir Medical Center - Concord

Concord, CA

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

John Muir Medical Center - Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, CA

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018)

MarinHealth Medical Center

Greenbrae, CA

67% Patient experience rating, 2% lower than the national average

Novato Community Hospital

Novato, CA

79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average