Physiatry, Pain Medicine

MD, FRCPC (Physiatry), FRCPC (Pain Medicine)

Co-Founder and Associate Medical Director

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 a specialty in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba. He further subspecialized in Pain Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

He has successfully completed FRCPC certifications in both disciplines by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has extensive expertise in advanced image-guided spine and pain interventions. 

Dr. Chawla is the co-founder and associate medical director of Canadian Pain and Regenerative Institute (CPRI). He holds active staff and hospital privileges at the Pain Clinic at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC) and Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH). 

At CPRI, JPOCSC and SMH, 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 orofacial pain treatments and ultrasound guided musculoskeletal- peripheral joint, nerve, and tendon interventions. 

Dr. Chawla holds faculty position at the University of British Columbia at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. He is passionate about medical education and teaches medical residents and fellows regularly. 

He advocates for Pain and people living with this chronic disease at the regional, provincial, and national levels through multiple medical leadership, administrative and philanthropic engagements. 

He is the Division Head of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology in the Fraser Health Authority. At the provincial and 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 is a Board Member for the renowned charity, Pain BC and its liaison to Pain Canada. 

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 the Association of Faculty of Medicine of Canada.