Sheraton Hall, Wycliffe College, University Of Toronto 5 Hoskin Ave Toronto, ON M5S1H7
  • July 7-8, 2018 from 11:55am to 12:55pm

Session IIB : Public Health, Medicine and Higher Education in Nepal
Chair: Shyam Thapa
Time: 11:55am– 12:55pm

Role of American Nepal Medical Foundation in the Advancement of Medical
Education and Health Care in Nepal – Narayan Dharel and Santosh Sapkota

History of Modern Medical Education, Disparities and Health Indicators
Improvement in Last 20 Years in Nepal – Narahari Timilsina

Opportunity and Challenges Viewed from the Perspective of Strengthening:
Graduate-level Public Health Programs – Shyam Thapa

Question Answer Session and Collective discussions on all papers of this session

Brief Bio of the Presenters at the Session, Higher Education in Medicine and Public Health in Nepal, at the International Conference on the Role of Diaspora in Higher Education in Nepal, Toronto, July 7 & 8, 2018

Narayan Dharel holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tribhuvan University and a PhD degree in Medicine from the University of Tokyo. In 2006 he moved to the US and did his medical residency in internal medicine at Wycoff Heights Medical Centre and obtained a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in 2015. Currently Dr. Dharel works as a specialist in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology at Mary Washington Health Alliance at Fredericksburg, Virginia USA. He is also the member of America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF) and also serves in its Education and Research Committee.

Santosh Sapkota (MBBS, MHA) is President of America Nepal Medical Foundation, a non-profit organization in the US. He received his MBBS degree from Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal and Master’s in Health Administration degree from Ohio University. He has focused his career on health information technology and humanitarian activities in Nepal. He is a Founder and CEO of Eva Telehealth, a telemedicine software created for Nepal. He is also a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He is currently working in Clinical Informatics department at Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix Arizona.

Narhari Timilsina is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, and Research Associate at Department of Medicine at the University Health Network (UHN), Toronto. Prior to joining UHN, he was Lecturer at the Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara. Timilsina has published more than 50 peer review articles in international medical journal (10 as primary authors). His research interests include oncological research, health services research, quality of health care, and health policy.

Shyam Thapa (PhD, Brown University) is currently an adjunct professor and an independent consultant specializing in public health research and evaluation.