Bhattarai, Suraj

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Patan Academy of Health Sciences- Patan Hospital
Research Unit, Department of Pediatrics
Lalitpur, Nepal
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. Degree: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.)- from 2006 to 2012.
Graduation Date: October 28, 2013.
Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER), Geneva, Switzerland: From Research to Practice- SRH 2014 (Distant Learning)- from May 2014-November 2014;
SOS Herman Gmeiner HS School- Degree: Biology- from 2003-2005;
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, USA- International Physician Observer Program- from September 2014 to December 2014;
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA - Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute- Research Observer/Neurology student- from May-June 2015;
University of Texas McGovern Medical School- Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA- Research student (Visiting Physician)- from November 2015- April 2016

Research Physician (Paediatrics Infectious Diseases, Vaccines)

  • Dr. Bhattarai is a physician from Nepal, currently a Clinical research fellow and Resident at the Pediatrics Research Unit of Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Kathmandu. In collaboration with the Investigators from the University of Oxford (Oxford Vaccine Group) and the University of Otago, Nepal team has been studying the epidemiology and prevention of ‘Invasive Bacterial Diseases’ in Nepalese children, the new methods of diagnosing pneumonia, and the efficacy of recently introduced pneumococcal vaccines in Nepal.
  • He is also a Project Coordinator of IAP-NAST Research Training Project 2017 in Nepal, funded by IAP for Health, which provides basic knowledge and skills on health systems research to the young health professionals of Nepal. Under his initiative, so far, 150 early career healthcare workers of Nepal have been benefitted by this series of training workshops.
  • Dr. Bhattarai received his medical degree from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in 2012 under the Golden Jubilee scholarships awarded by the Embassy of India. He moved to the USA in 2014 and completed extensive pediatrics and neurology rotations at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He has been certified by Nepal Medical Council (NMC) and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), USA.
  • As a research scholar (Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research) and a member of American Academy of Neurology (AAN), he has also obtained general and neuroscience research training from the medical institutions at Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical hub.
  • He is a collaborator of a multisite study ‘Assessment of the availability of technology for Trauma care in South Asia’, which has identified a range of items deficient in Nepal whose availability could be improved cost-effectively and sustainably by better planning, organization, and leadership.
  • Dr. Bhattarai, with keen interests in child health and global health, looks forward to honing clinical, research and leadership skills through graduate courses, and also welcomes collaboration for international health projects.
  • As an active member of Rotary International, he loves volunteering, writing, hiking, traveling, and interacting with the professionals from diverse backgrounds.


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