May 18, 2019


Umesh Sharma, MD
Dr. Umesh Sharma is a professor of radiology, and currently serves as Principal of Janaki Medical College, Janakpur, Nepal. He completed MD from Vitebsk Medical Institute, Belarus and postgraduate training from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He has published dozens of scientific articles in national and international medical journals.

Yogendra P Singh, MD

Dr. Yogendra P Singh is professor of surgical oncology at Trubhuvan University teaching hospital Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu. He completed MBBS from Tribhuvan University and MD from Kansai Medical University, Osaka, Japan. Dr. Singh has published more than 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. A nationally renowned physician, Dr. Singh is a sought after speaker for his expertise in breast cancer.

Binay Shah, MD, MHA

Binay Shah, MD knew exactly what he wanted to do as a child growing up in Nepal, where he saw the suffering of others take a terrible toll on his homeland. Led by a heart full of compassion, he was determined to do something that could impact lives. “Ever since I was a small child I wanted to help others, which is why Mother Teresa is one of my heroes,” Dr. Shah said. “Being a doctor, health and education is the best way for me to help people.” Dr. Shah founded Binaytara Foundation to promote health and education. Dr. Shah is a hematologist and oncologist at Peace Health United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. His clinical research focuses on health services and outcomes. Dr. Shah has published a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, British Journal of Hematology, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Acta Oncologica and Annals of Hematology. He has presented a number of research papers at national and international conferences. He served as the president of Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology from 2014-2015. Dr. Shah received his medical degree from B.P. Koirala Institute of health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. He completed Internal Medicine residency from Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn and Hematology Oncology fellowship from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Shah is on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Derrel Walker, MD

Derrel Walker, MD is the Associate Medical Director of Horizon Home Health and Hospice in Meridian, Idaho, and the Chief Scientific Officer for The Finding Home Foundation in Eagle, Idaho. Dr. Walker is actively involved in the BTF’s activities, especially the hospice and palliative care programs in Nepal and India. He provided hospice and palliative care training for the Binaytara Foundation’s hospice and palliative care project in Madhya Pradesh, India and traveled to Janakpur, Nepal in December 2018 to support the development of the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center (BTFCC). Dr. Walker in on LinkedIn.

Sanjeev Thakur, MD

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Thakur is an Otolaryngologist who completed his MBBS in 2001 as well as an Otolarygology residency in 2006 from the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. He has a special interest in community work and serving the underprivileged. His area of surgical interest is head and neck surgery and skull base surgery. Dr. Thakur is a BTFCC volunteer and heads the BTFCC clinical operations as the Chief Medical Officer and oversees the otolaryngology department.

Anshu Kumar Thakur, MD

Dr. Anshu Kumar Thakur joined the BTFCC in April 2019 as a full-time oncologist. A graduate of Janaki Medical College, Dr. Thakur completed a five-year fellowship in clinical oncology from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Thakur is trained in both medical oncology and radiation oncology. He is also interested in clinical research and teaching/learning to improve patient care.

Sanjay Gupta, MD

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the chief of cancer prevention, early detection, and palliative care programs at the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center. Dr. Gupta earned his MBBS at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal in 2012, and completed MDGP from the same institution. He said he is excited to join the BTFCC and contribute to cancer prevention and early detection as well as palliative care services in the region. “We will have a huge positive impact on the quality of life in this region,” he said.  Dr. Gupta is supported by a team of highly qualified medical officers, nursing staff, and other healthcare providers in this department.

Santosh Kafle, MD

Dr. Santosh Kafle is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Pathology at Birat Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Tankisiniwari, Nepal. He received his medical degree from University of Science and Technology, Chittagong, Bangladesh, and completed residency training in pathology from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan.
He is actively involved in BTFCC weekly tumor board, and is assisting development of pathology program at the BTFCC.

Pamesh Jha, MD

An alumnus of Janaki Secondary Boarding School, Janakpur, Dr. Jha graduated with a medical degree from the Chongqing Medical University, China. He completed his residency in general surgery from Kathmandu University.  Prior to joinig BTFCC, he was a lecturer in General Surgery Department at Nobel Medical College, Biratnagar. Dr. Pamesh says, “Janakpur is the capital of province no 2 and is the most undeveloped state in Nepal. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve patients in my hometown.” He wants to establish himself as one of the most dedicated surgeon in the field on oncology. He says “I feel satisfied after seeing patients improve” He is fluent in Nepali, English, Maithili, Hindi and Chinese.

Linda Grossheim, MD

Dr. Linda Grossheim is a radiation oncologist at Summit Cancer Center, Post Falls, Idaho. She serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of radiation oncology at Washington State University. Dr. Grossheim is a radiation oncologist who has been in practice for 13 years. She completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin and residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Grossheim stayed on for two years at the Medical College as an Assistant Professor before moving to the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan for eleven years. Six of those eleven years were spent as the Division Chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology.She has served on the Board of the Susan Komen Foundation of West Michigan, on the Executive Advisory Board of the West Michigan Cancer Consortium, and on the senior leadership team at West Michigan Cancer Center.

Prabhat Chandra Thakur, MD

Dr. Prabhat Chandra Thakur completed his degree from BPKIHS, Dharan. He did his post-graduation (MS) in Otolaryngology Head & Neck surgery from prestigious PGI Chandigarh. He completed his GOLF fellowship in Head & Neck oncology from the International Federation of Head & Neck Oncology Society (IFHNOS) & Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, New York. He has also done fellowship in Minimal Invasive Thyroid surgery from the General Hospital, Bangkok. He has worked as consultant in Head & Neck oncology for 3 year at B.P Koirala Memorial cancer Hospital, Bharatpur (2014- 2016). He has worked as a consultant & unit chief Head & Neck oncology at Bhaktapur cancer hospital for one year (2016-17). He is currently associated with Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research center from 2017 as consultant & Program director of Head & Neck oncology. His special expertise is Minimal Invasive Thyroid & Neck surgery, Endoscopic skull base surgery and Reconstruction in Head & Neck.

David Aboulafia, MD

Dr. David Aboulafia is a physician in the department of Hematology and Oncology at the Virginia Mason Clinic in Seattle, Washington, USA. He has also served as the Medical Director of Bailey-Boushay House for over 25 years.

Sudip Shrestha, MBBS, MD, PhD

Dr. Sudip Shrestha, the Executive Chairman of Nepal Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is a visionary and a pioneer in the field of oncology in Nepal. Previously, Dr. Shrestha worked as Medical Director and HoD of Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, helping establish and run this important public hospital, and also played an instrumental role in establishing the Om Cancer Care Centre, the dedicated cancer care wing of a popular private hospital in Nepal. His passion for comprehensive cancer care has led him to envision and set up many organizations dedicated to academic, palliative or other aspects of cancer care. As founding president, he provided the vision and energy for the establishment of Nepalese Association of Palliative Care (NAPCare 2009) and the Nepal Cancer Support group (NCSG 2009). He is also a founder member of Om Health Foundation, a voluntary organization to help poor patients.
As the country’s leading expert on cancer, he has been involved in numerous cancer activities as speaker, teacher, organizer, researcher, or founder. Dr. Shrestha continues being bold and visionary in tackling cancer in Nepal, and wants to help make cancer treatment and control a part of the country’s national health policy, and help cover cancer patients under a national health insurance policy.

Dr. Arvind Chaudhry is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He is also the Director of Summit Cancer Centers. Dr. Chaudhry received his cancer training at the National Cancer Institute, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where he completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Chaudhry also completed a PhD program and doctoral thesis in cancer research at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Health Sciences Center, Syracuse, N.Y.

Siddhartha Yadav, MD, FACP

Dr. Yadav is a Chief Fellow in Hematology/Oncology and an Assistant Professor of Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He earned his medical degree from the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. He then became a Chief Resident there and eventually moved to Minnesota for his oncology training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Yadav has received Young Investigator Award from American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Outstanding Fellow Award from Minnesota Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO Merit Award and Clegg Scholarship from the British Medical Journal. His research and clinical interests lie in inherited cancers due to germline mutations in DNA-repair genes, especially among patients with gastrointestinal and breast cancers. Dr. Yadav has also received a research grant from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO to study pancreatic tumors in germline mutation carriers. He has presented his research at several international forums and has published over forty peer-reviewed articles. 

Bhawana Sirohi, MBBS, CCT, UK, FRCP

Dr. Bhawna Sirohi is currently a consultant medical oncologist in GI & breast cancers and Director of Medical Oncology at Max cancer centre, New Delhi, India. She is an honorary consultant with Queen Mary’s University, London. She was previously working at The Barts Health NHS Trust, London. She started her oncology training in India in 1994 at the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai and completed at Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, UK. She has been working as consultant medical oncologist since 2008, in breast and GI cancers and acute oncology, both in India and UK. She has published more than 100 papers in national and international journals and lectured worldwide. She has edited three books on Cancer – Cancer- Questions Answered, Chemotherapy in GI cancers &  Modern GI Oncology. She is the immediate past editor-in-chief of Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology. She is currently the President of the Oncology section of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

Her research interest is focused on breast and HPB cancers, survivorship, young women with breast cancer and delivering quality care in Low and middle income group countries (LMICs). She is a member of the pan-London Survivorship research group and is also a member of the research committee of IHPBA and UK TNM committee. She has a keen interest in developing cancer care in LMICs which is cost-effective and quality driven. She chairs various cancer committee’s for Indian council of Medical Research (colorectal Cancer, pancreatic cancer, HCC and NEC) and is an active member of the National Cancer Institute -AIIMS advisory committee. She is Secretary of EBMT Nuclear Accident Committee-as part of this she has been previously involved with the UK Department of Health interdisciplinary Group on clinical care and service configuration following a radiation accident. 

She is the founder President of New India Cancer charity Initiative which has led in clinical screening for breast, cervical and head & neck cancer in rural India. She has previously been on the committee of David Adams Leukaemia Fund and is currently on management committee of CanSupport and is a patron for voice of tobacco victims. She received the Royal Marsden award for excellence in 2000 for enhancing trusts reputation, the TMC-Women’s Cancer Initiative award in 2011,  LBF Visionary award for excellence in 2011, Maulana Ilyasi Jameel Award in August 2013, Aadhi Abadi women achievers award in 2014 and Barts Heroes award for education in 2018.  

Gopendra Deo, MD

Dr. Gopendra Deo is a professor in the department of anesthesiology and critical care at Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Nepal. He completed MBBS and MD from the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan. He serves as the Vice Principal of Chitwan Medical College. He has published several scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and is an editor of the Journal of Chitwan Medical College.

Bishnu Dutta Paudel, MD

Dr. Bishnu Dutta Paudel a professor of medical oncology, and program director of medical oncology fellowship program at National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital, Nepal. He completed MBBS from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, MD from University of Colombo, Sri-Lanka and hematologists-oncology fellowship from Wake Forest University, USA. Dr. Paudel serves as a member of tobacco tax board at Ministry of Health, Nepal.

Richa Mishra, MD

Dr.  Richa Mishra is an anesthesiologist who brings her experience of working in anesthesia, ICU, and surgery departments to the BTFCC. Dr. Mishra is a grduate of Kathmandu Medical College and she completed residency in anesthesia from Kathmandu University. Dr. Mishra is interested in patient care, teaching, and research.

Arjun Gupta, MD

Arjun is a Medical Oncology Fellow at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He has served as the Chief Resident for Quality, Patient Safety, and High-Value Care in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal cancers and palliative/ supportive care, and his research focuses on quality and value of cancer care.

Devendra Chaukar, MBBS 

Professor Devendra Chaukar is Head of Division of Head and Neck at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India. Dr. Chaukar is internationally well known for his expertise, and has authored more than 100 peer reviewed scientific papers. He is academic coordinator for Department of surgery and is involved in teaching residents and fellows. 

Binay Thakur, MD, PhD

Dr. Binay Thakur is a nationally renowned surgical oncologist, and senior consultant in the Department of Surgical Oncology at BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, Bharatpur, Nepal. He completed MD and postgraduate training from Lugansk Medical Institute, Ukraine. He has published and presented more than 100 papers.

Kapendra Shekhar Amatya, MS

Dr. Kapendra is the Head of Surgical Oncology Department, has more than 15 years’ experience in Surgical Oncology field. After graduating from Beijing University in 2004, He has worked as a Registrar and Junior Consultant Surgical Oncologist at BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital more than 4 years. Subsequently, he joined Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital as Surgical Oncologist and dedicated more than 7 years and there he was very instrumental in establishing the Surgical Oncology Department and is credited in starting Onco-plastic Breast surgery in Breast Cancer, Orthotopic Neo bladder Reconstruction in Urinary Bladder Cancer, Laproscopic services and Pelvic surgeries like Anterior, Posterior and Total Pelvic Excentration. He is renowned for surgeries like D2 Gastrectomies in Stomach Cancer, Extended Colectomies in Colon Cancer, TME in Rectum Cancer and Whipple’s Surgeries in Pancreas and Duodenum Cancer. He is highly experience of treating more than 1000 cases of breast cancer, 400 cases of stomach cancer, 300 cases of Colon & Rectal Cancer and 250 cases of Urinary bladder cancers and Kidney cancers and many other cancer surgeries. He has received trainings in Oncoplastic Breast Cancer surgery in Thailand and Gastric cancers and Laproscopy in South Korea.

Rita Kumari Mahaseth, MD

Dr. Rita Kumari Mahaseth is a lecturer in the Oncology Department at the Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital Jorpati, Kathmandu. She has served as a consultant Clinical Oncologist and has a wide variety of expertise in performing clinical oncology management chemotherapy. For 2 years Dr. Mahaseth has worked as a news presenter in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is a member of the Nepal Medical Council.

Rakesh Sah, MD

Dr. Sah is a consultant hepatopancreaticobiliary and gastrosurgery at Grande International Hospital Kathmandu in Nepal. Dr. Sah obtained his MBBS at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and pursued Masters in Surgery while working as a junior resident at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India. With extensive experience in surgery, Dr. Sah worked as an assistant professor at Nepal medical college for a year and completed his M.Ch surgical Gastroenterology training in the same unit.

Subhash Thakur, MBBS, MD

Dr. Subhash Thakur has earned his medical degree in Radiation Oncology from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India and completed his M.B.B.S from the Universal College of Medical Sciences in Bhairahawa, Nepal. Notably, Dr. Thakur has been awarded the Medilief Best Paper award in the Junior Resident Category held at the North Zone Association of Radiation Oncologists of India. Dr. Thakur aims to excel in new techniques and advancements (such as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy, Image Guided Radiotherapy, Image Guided Brachytherapy, SBRT, and Proton therapy) in Radiation Oncology as well as integrating advanced techniques with evidence based care and management of patients.

Birendrea Yadav, MBBS, MD

Dr. Yadav is a Medical Director of Purbanchal Cancer Hospital, Birtamode, Jhapa, Nepal. He obtained his MBBS at the Hebei Medical University in China and his MD at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. Dr. Yadav was awarded a certificate for presenting in the best paper category in the 40th Annual conference of Association of Radiation Oncologists of India and the winner of organized oncology quizzes by UPAROI as well as the first prize winner in Gynecologic Oncology quiz.

Dinesh Bhurani, MBBS, MD, DM, FRCPA

Dr. Dinesh Bhurani is one of the leading Hematologist in India with a special interest in Bone Marrow Transplant. He has more than 10 years of experience in Stem cell Transplant including Allogeneic, Autologous, MUD (Matched Unrelated donor), and Haplo Stem Cell Transplant. He received training & fellowship in Bone Marrow Transplantation from CMC Vellore and Australia. He has done more than 700 transplants at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Center. In North India, he has performed his first halo transplant. Dr. Bhurani is the first DM of Hematology in India from Christian Medical College, Vellore and is currently heading the Department of Hematology and BMT at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute.

Amit Shrestha, MBBS, MD

Dr. Amit Shrestha completed his MBBS from Zhengzhou University, China and MD (Hematology) from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He did his Senior Residency in Hematology and Bone Marrow transplant from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, India, and further training from University of Sapienza, Rome, and University of Piemonte, Italy.  Dr. Shrestha completed his IHTC fellowship training from National blood bank, Kualalumpur. Malaysia. At present he is working as Unit Chief, Consultant Hematologist at Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research Center. His field of interests include, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Aplastic anemia, Thalassemia, Hemophilia, and Bone Marrow Transplant.

Divya Khosla, MBBS, MD

Dr. Khosla is an Assistant Professor at Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology at PGIMER Chandigarh. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. She has completed her Medical Degree in Radiotherapy and Oncology as well as her residency in this field at PGIMER Chandigarh. Dr. Khosla has been awarded the bronze medal in MD (Radiation Oncology), PSM MBBS, Ophthalmology MBBS, and in Aggregate in Final Prof Part 1 MBBS. Dr. Khosla has submitted 33 International and 23 National publications in the field of radiation oncology.

Abdul Ahmed, BDS, MFDSRCS

Dr. Ahmed is a Consultant Head and Neck and Reconstructive surgeon, working in London UK. He offers the full array of head and neck surgery from benign and malignant salivary gland disease to all aspects of Oral cancer including microvascular reconstruction and rehabilitation. He also offers sentinel node surgery and Trans-oral Robotic surgery in his Head and Neck practice.  He has a keen interest in teaching and training and is a Senior clinical lecturer for the University of London, educational supervisor for the London school of Surgery, and current ATLS instructor. He has lectured internationally, is involved with several clinical trials and works with Touch Surgery a free smartphone app enabling surgeons worldwide to learn surgical techniques. Some of his publications include book chapters in microvascular surgery and reconstructive techniques. 

Sunil Sah, BDS, MFDS, FRSC

Dr. Sunil Sah is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in the UK. He studied Dentistry from the University of Dhaka, Medicine from University of London, and obtained his MFDS in Dentistry and MRCS in General surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. He completed an accredited 5-year program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Leicester, Derby, Lincoln and Nottingham with numerous international presentations. 

Dr. Sah is originally from Janakpur, Nepal. He established The Craniofacial Centre in Nepal was established in Janakpurdham in August 2017. Dr. Sunil is the trustee of a UK Charity called Future Faces. The aim of the charity is to train and support surgeons and allied professionals caring for people with craniofacial deformities including cleft lip and palate, trauma and other problems in the head and neck region in the deprived areas of LMICs. He also works with other charity and educational organizations in the UK and abroad with the mission and vision of improving craniofacial disease and deformity through local capacity building.