One-on-One with Kishore Mulpuri

Dr. Kishore Mulpuri first joined UBC as a clinical research fellow in 2002 and a junior clinical faculty member in 2003.

He completed his medical and orthopaedic training at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, prior to pursuing orthopaedic fellowships at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, the Melbourne Orthopedic Group, and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He also completed a clinical research fellowship in orthopaedics at BC Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Mulpuri has been an active member of the Department of Orthopaedics and Faculty of Medicine in the past 17 years, holding several leadership positions, including President-elect of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and Research Director of the International Hip Dysplasia Registry.

In January 2021, he was appointed Head of the Department of Orthopaedics.

In his new role, Dr. Mulpuri is committed to upholding the Department’s international reputation for advancing musculoskeletal health through knowledge and innovation.

Who inspires you and why?

My immediate and extended family. Both my wife and I come from large families. On my dad’s side alone, we are 178 and counting. All of our grandparents and parents have worked really hard in their own lives to educate themselves and their children. They’re always available in the background, letting us chase our dreams and be who we are.

My extended work family, also known as my larger “global family,” also inspires me. I’m constantly learning from all of the people I’ve worked with throughout my career. I enjoy getting to know who my colleagues are and what they bring to the table.

For you, what makes UBC different?

I truly believe this country, province, city, and university is unique and multicultural. It is nothing like I’ve ever experienced. Having worked in three different continents and five different universities, I have never worked in a place where people are so supportive and respectful of each other.

The culture at UBC is one of sharing, giving and kindness. You can show up as you are and express your creative self no matter what your interest or field is. You will feel supported here regardless of your background.

How do you like to recharge?

I am extroverted and really thrive on the energy of those around me. Recharging for me is about being with people. I take every opportunity I get to spend time with my two kids and my wife, as well as my global family, who all bring me joy.

Holiday photo of Dr. Mulpuri with his family

I also like to listen to electronic dance music! I love to go to places with good music and dancing.

Best piece of advice:

“It’s only impossible until its done.” — Nelson Mandela

If I could offer anyone other piece of advice, it would be that nothing is impossible.

Secret talent:

I can dance and do squats all night. My superpower is my energy!

What are your main goals or aspirations?

The pandemic has shown us that now, more than ever, we need to be more globally minded. That means we need to consider ourselves as global citizens, which fits in with UBC’s new Global Engagement Strategy.

As Department Head of Orthopaedics, my main goal is to build the department into one of the most engaging departments at UBC and beyond. 

My hope as a department is that we can build on UBC’s Global Strategy to become more globally relevant so that we can further improve patient care. My ultimate goal is to leverage equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles to break down boundaries between regions and countries, and establish more inclusive teaching and learning environments.

Favourite spot in BC?

I am still exploring BC. So far, my favourite spots are a toss-up between the Okanagan and Whistler. I really love the wilderness of BC — the vastness of the mountains and water.

Published: May 2021