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 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 for Grand 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. 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 was the first and only physician in Marin and Sonoma counties to offer the Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) procedure, a novel 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 has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and hospitals on topics such as Advances in Interventional Pain Management and the MILD procedure, the latest in minimally invasive spine procedures, and most recently, talks about the use of mindful meditation in the treatment of pain at UCSF, UC Davis, Columbia, and Harvard.
Dr. Kalra was on a medical mission in Bonne Fin, Haiti at the Lumiere Hospital.