Dr. Udaya Koirala, the current President of the Telemedicine Society of Nepal, serves as the Head of Department and Senior Consultant Surgeon at Kathmandu Model Hospital. Additionally, he holds the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS). A distinguished graduate of St Xavier’s College in Kathmandu, Dr. Koirala earned his MBBS and Master of Surgery (MS) degrees from Beijing University, Health Science Center. With extensive experience in healthcare, he has been instrumental in various telemedicine programs and rural health initiatives. Dr. Koirala's international exposure includes an esteemed fellowship in Hepatobiliary and Laparoscopic Surgery from Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. His commitment to advancing healthcare is further demonstrated by his role in establishing Buddha MAI Hospital, Nepal's sole day surgery center.
Dr. Puja Lama currently holds the position of Treasurer at the Telemedicine Society of Nepal. In addition to her voluntary role in the society, she serves as the Chief of Information, Communications, and Documentation at the Public Health Concern Trust, Nepal. Furthermore, she oversees the Public Health Department as the deputy director, while also contributing to the management of PHECT Nepal's research, publications, and organizational communications.
Dr. Lama played a pivotal role in establishing the Center for Rural Healthcare & Telemedicine at PHECT Nepal, mandated to promote telemedicine-related programs and activities. The Center facilitates regular tele-consultation and continuing medical education (CME) sessions between KMH and KH through video conferencing.
With a background in research and program development, Dr. Lama has served in various capacities, including as a Research and Program Development Officer. She holds a Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences. Puja Lama's dedication to public health is evident through her volunteer work, contributions to publications, and active participation in advancing healthcare initiatives.
Ms. Gyanu Maharjan, an Associate Professor at the Kathmandu Model Hospital School of Nursing, stands as a dedicated professional with a wealth of experience in the realms of nursing and education. Serving as an executive member of the Telemedicine Society, she plays a pivotal role in fostering connections among nurses engaged in telemedicine services.
Ms. Maharjan holds a Master's degree in women's health and development, specializing in midwifery nursing. Her commitment to academic excellence is further underscored by her ongoing pursuit of a Ph.D. in Health Education from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. This academic journey reflects her passion for advancing knowledge and understanding in the field, showcasing her determination to contribute significantly to the healthcare and education sectors.
Ms. Maharjan's multifaceted expertise not only positions her as a respected educator but also as a forward-thinking advocate for the integration of telemedicine into nursing practices. Her active involvement in the Telemedicine Society speaks volumes about her commitment to leveraging technology to enhance healthcare delivery. Through her leadership and contributions, she is instrumental in creating a bridge between nursing professionals and the evolving landscape of telemedicine services, ultimately enriching the healthcare experience for both practitioners and patients alike.
With a distinguished career spanning over 25 years in Nepal's Digital/ICT industry, Mr. Shakya has been a key contributor across various domains, including Internet Service Delivery, Telecommunication (Mobile/Cellular), Social Entrepreneurship, Business Incubation, Policy Advocacy, and Technology Development and Implementation. Currently serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Telemedicine Society, he is actively engaged in leveraging digital technologies for societal development and empowerment. Mr. Shakya currently spearheads Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) which focuses the use of digital technologies for development and empowerment. ICT4D is currently focusing on effective usage of broadband technology for Digital EcoSystem.
Dr. Rajan Parajuli currently serves as the General Secretary of the Telemedicine Society of Nepal (TMSoN). Holding a Ph.D. from the Asian Institute of Technology, he is one of the initiator to establish Telemedicine Society in Nepal. His doctoral research explores the gender dimensions of telemedicine applications in rural Nepal, showcasing a profound commitment to advancing healthcare through digital innovations. Driven by a passion for supporting Nepal's healthcare evolution and digitalization, he actively contributes to the society's objectives. In 2018, an article co-authored by Dr. Parajuli and his academic advisor, titled “Exploring the Role of Telemedicine in Improving Access to Healthcare Services by Women and Girls in Rural Nepal,” earned the prestigious Elsevier Atlas Award, recognizing his impactful contributions in exploring the role of telemedicine services in society. Currently, as the Executive Director of the Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN), he continues to foster global connections among researchers, educators, and students in the non-profit sector.
Dr. Raj Kumar Dangal is a General Practitioner (MDGP) currently working as Lecturer in the department of General Practice and Emergency of Dhulikhel hospital/Kathmandu University Hospital (DH/KUH), Dhulikhel, Nepal. Dr. Dangal, an accomplished General Practitioner, serves as an executive member of the Telemedicine Society. With over a decade of healthcare practices in rural areas, he actively contributes to the society, particularly focusing on how telemedicine can better serve remote communities. His commitment lies in bridging the gap between technology and healthcare to address disparities in underserved regions. Dr. Dangal completed his medical school (MBBS) from Hebei Medical University, China, in year 2010, and residency in General Practice & Emergency Medicine (MD GP & Em) from TUTH, Institute of Medicine (IOM), Nepal, in year 2018. He has largely devoted his clinical works in rural healthcare, including one year of dedicated telemedicine work in Rural Healthcare, Myagdi, of Center for Rural Healthcare and Telemedicine (CRHT), under phect-Nepal. Recently, he worked in Dolakha Hospital, Dolakha which is a rural outreach hospital of Dhulikhel Hospital, for about two and half years.
Dr. Dangal to serve and advocate for underserved and unreached population and is currently pursuing fellowship in Global Health /Global mental health of HEAL Initiative at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as well.
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