Bibhav is a Nepali physician, currently at the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco. He directs the development of healthcare delivery models to improve access to mental health in resource poor settings. He is studying a multi component intervention in Nepal to scale up mental health services by using non specialists (primary care providers and other clinicians) who are trained and coached by mental health specialists. He is a co-founder of Possible, a non-profit company that has been operating a health delivery system in rural Nepal since 2008 in partnership with the Nepali Government.
Bibhav was born and raised in Nepal and after completing high school at Budhanilkantha School, he attended Haverford College on a full scholarship. Prior to his residency, Bibhav completed his M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine.
Bijay Acharya, MD (Co-founder)
Bijay is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He is currently a patient safety and quality improvement fellow at Harvard. Bijay completed his medical school at BPKIHS in Nepal and completed his internal medicine residency training at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in the South Bronx, NY. His focus is on developing capacity in healthcare institutions in Nepal to identify and implement quality improvement initiatives. He is a co-founder of Possible, a nonprofit that runs a rural hospital in Nepal in partnership with the Nepali Government.
Madhur Basnet, MD
Madhur is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. He has a strong interest in improving access to mental health services in underserved regions of Nepal. In addition to carrying out clinical care and teaching responsibilities at BPKIHS, he has been involved in advocacy for equitable healthcare in Nepal. He led the Democracy Movement in April 2006 at BPKIHS and more recently led the university’s movement to support Dr. Govinda KC’s hunger strike for a fair and equitable healthcare and medical education system in Nepal.
Soniya Hirachan, MD
Soniya Hirachan, MD is a Board Certified psychiatrist currently working in an inpatient Forensic hospital in Minnesota. As a faculty member of the University of Minnesota, she teaches Psychiatry residents, medical students and Forensic Psychology fellows. She would like to focus on mental health delivery and care to the rural population in Nepal and also educate mid-level health workers on the importance of screening for psychiatric illnesses. Her other interests include Psychopathy, Sex offender treatment and Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Hirachan is a Nepali citizen who graduated medical school from Manipal University in India and thereafter completed her residency in General Psychiatry from Saint Elizabeths’ Residency Training Hospital, Washington DC. She completed a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ruma Rajbhandari, MD, MPH (Co-founder)
Ruma is a fellow in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Her primary interests are in viral hepatitis and global health. After completing high school in Nepal, she attended Yale College and then completed her MPH with a concentration in International Health from Harvard School of Public Health and her MD from Harvard Medical School. She did her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has worked extensively to improve healthcare in low-income settings like rural Nepal and rural Haiti.
Jennifer Guo, MD, PhD
Jennifer is a resident physician of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She has a strong interest in global mental health and public psychiatry, as well as basic and translational neuroscience research. She has been involved with Possible Health, a nonprofit that delivers care in Far-Western Nepal, as well as efforts to improve mental health awareness and delivery at its affiliated hospital. She attended college at Johns Hopkins University and obtained her M.D. and Ph.D in neuroscience at Yale University School of Medicine.
Aditi Chalise is a second year Psychology Pre-Med student at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a research assistant in a psychology lab and an active member of several pre-health organizations. Along with her involvement in school, she is also a certified pharmacy technician and volunteers at a local hospital. Aditi is interested in psychiatry and eventually hopes to work with people in Nepal, where she was born.
Jagadamba Pandit, MD is a psychiatrist, Board Certified in Adult psychiatry and Addiction psychiatry. She currently works in a community mental health center in rural Southwest Virginia. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband and 3 sons. She is passionate about providing mental health services to financially and socially disadvantaged populations. She is interested in improving population based mental health programs in Nepal with a primary focus in addiction and mental illness.