Co-Founders

Kshitij Chawla
MD, FRCPC (Physiatry), FRCPC (Pain Medicine)
Co-Founder, Canadian Pain & Regenerative Institute


Dr. Chawla is a Physiatrist and Pain Medicine Specialist practicing in the Greater Vancouver Area.

He graduated from medical school at Manipal University and pursued specialty in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba. He further pursued subspecialty in Pain Medicine at University of Ottawa. He holds FRCPC certifications in both of these disciplines by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has additional expertise in image-guided spine and pain interventions.

Dr. Chawla is the co-founder of Canadian Pain and Regenerative Institute. He holds staff and hospital privileges at the Pain Clinic at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, Surrey Memorial Hospital and Transitional Pain Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital.

He holds faculty position at the University of British Columbia at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. His academic interests are in medical education and he is part of the UBC Pain Medicine sub-specialty residency committee and academic director of JPOCSC Pain Clinic. At the national level, he serves as a committee member and examiner of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for the discipline of Pain Medicine.

He has been an advisor to the Ministry of Health of BC on Health Technology Assessments, advisor to the College and Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and is a board member of Pain BC.

Dr. Chawla's clinical practice includes multidisciplinary and interventional pain management and musculoskeletal medicine. He sees a wide variety of conditions from spine, headache, facial pain, neuropathic pain syndromes, post surgical and cancer pain. His Interventional pain practice includes advanced fluoroscopy guided spine, head, neck and facial pain treatments and ultrasound guided musculoskeletal- peripheral joint, nerve and tendon interventions.

Najam J. Mian
HBSc, MD, FRCPC (Physiatry), FRCPC (Pain Medicine), Dip Sport Med
Co-Founder, Canadian Pain & Regenerative Institute


Dr. Mian is an advocate of the multi-disciplinary model of care for chronic musculoskeletal and spinal pain management. He has specialized expertise in interventional pain management procedures under fluoroscopy and ultrasound guidance, including regenerative medicine procedures.

He completed an undergraduate honors pharmacology degree and medical school at the University of Alberta, followed by specialty and subspecialty residency training over 7 years at the University of Toronto. After certifying as a Physiatrist through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) in 2016 and as a Sports & Exercise Medicine Physician through the Canadian Academy of Sports & Exercise Medicine (CASEM) in 2016, he was selected as one of two inaugural trainees for the Pain Medicine subspecialty residency program in the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto. He successfully wrote the RCPSC Pain Medicine examination in 2018. He is the first Physician to become triple Canadian-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry), Pain Medicine, and Sports Medicine.

He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine. He enjoys teaching learners in clinic, at academic half-days, undergraduate medical education sessions, and society meetings. He teaches annually at the RCPSC Pain Medicine examination and refresher course. He is provincial Clinical Lead for Project ECHO chronic pain (www.painbc.ca/ECHO), Specialist Lead of the Chronic Pain Spread Network, and contributor to PainBC’s physician education working group, Pain Foundations course, and Practice Support Program.

His clinical practice also includes Consulting at the Transitional Pain Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, which employs multi-disciplinary and multi-modal pain education and treatment options to patients after surgery to help reduce reliance on opioid medications. He has been qualified as a medical expert in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, in both the fields of Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.