Our Team

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 completed specialty in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba and sub-specialty 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 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 is faculty at the University of British Columbia as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. His academic interests are in Medical Education - teaching medical students, residents and fellows. He is part of the UBC Pain Medicine Sub-Specialty Residency committee and Academic Director of JPOCSC Pain Clinic.

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. His Physiatry practice comprises of outpatient rehabilitation for patients with stroke, brain injury, amputations and spinal cord injuries.

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


Dr. Mian is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine. 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 an inaugural trainee for the Pain Medicine subspecialty residency program in the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto. He successfully certified in Pain Medicine through the RCPSC in 2018. He is the only physician in Canada triple-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry), Pain Medicine, and Sports Medicine.

He is a consulting physician at Vancouver General Hospital, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, and Fortius Sport & Health. His clinical expertise is in the multi-disciplinary management of painful musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions, including interventional pain procedures under fluoroscopy and ultrasound guidance.

He enjoys teaching learners in clinic, at academic half-days, undergraduate medical education sessions, and society meetings. He is provincial Clinical Lead for Project ECHO chronic pain, Specialist Lead of the Chronic Pain Spread Network, and contributor to PainBC’s physician education working group, Pain Foundations course, and Practice Support Program. He is also a team physician for the Vancouver Warriors professional lacrosse team, reviewer for the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and faculty on the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography.