Saurab Sharma is a physiotherapist and a researcher from Nepal. He is an Assistant Professor at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Otago, New Zealand. The overarching aim of his PhD is to study the role of culture in chronic pain. During his PhD, he translated, cross-culturally adapted and validated core-outcome sets recommended outcome measures — to important in chronic pain — in Nepali with long-term aims of conducting clinical trials and population-based epidemiological studies on chronic pain in Nepal. He also developed a culturally appropriate pain education programme for the treatment of Nepalese with various chronic pain conditions. His programme of research is thought to provide a model for improving pain care and research in other developing or resource-limited countries.
Saurab has 30 peer-reviewed publications mostly to pain. He has extended an international network for collaborative pain research. He has presented his research and delivered lectures in over 10 countries. He has received numerous awards including one from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). He is actively contributing to the development of physiotherapy and pain care through his involvement in different international organisations including the World Health Organisation and the IASP. He is currently a member of the Global Alliance of Pain Patient Advocates (an initiative of IASP), a board member of the Pain, Mind, and Movement SIG of the IASP, member of Research Regulatory Committee of International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities (INPTRA), and an advisor of Nepal Physiotherapy Association (NEPTA).