Ruben Kalra, M.D.
Dr. Ruben Kalra provides integrative and empathetic care to patients in pain. 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 is the Chairman of the Cross-Campus Pain Management Team for the John Muir Pleasant Office & Concord Hospitals and serves as a board member for the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Kalra is the treating physician for the California Highway Patrol, several fire protection districts, and the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center Functional Restoration Program. Dr. Kalra has an avid interest in the use of minimally invasive techniques for the relief of neck and back pain. 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 is the first and only physician in Marin and Sonoma counties to offer the Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) procedure, a new treatment for spinal stenosis.
Dr. Kalra is also Marin's County's 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 was invited to speak about Advances in Interventional Pain Management and the MILD procedure in the Fall 2013 at Northern California's leading conference for the injured worker. Dr. Kalra has been invited to speak at a conference in Maui in December 2013 to discuss the latest innovations in minimally invasive spine.
Dr. Kalra is currently seeing patients at our Novato and Pleasant Hill offices.