Bibhav AcharyaBibhav Acharya

Mental Health Adviser



Bibhav Acharya is the Mental Health Adviser with Possible. He is currently a research resident psychiatrist at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His research focuses on improving competencies in mental health among primary care providers in low- and middle-income countries. He is the co-founder of Shared Minds (, which provides culturally-appropriate, evidence-based clinical training to address gaps in health delivery in Nepal. He joined the Board of Directors of Possible in 2007 and has been serving as Possible’s Mental Health Services adviser since 2013. Bibhav was born and raised in Nepal and arrived in the United States to attend Haverford College, where he graduated with Honors in Chemistry. He was a Howard Hughes Science and Society Scholar in public health and has worked at New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute to improve the quality of care for federally-funded HIV services. Prior to his residency, Bibhav completed his M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine.

Anu Aryal

Capacity Building Officer



Anu describes is a Capacity Building Officer with Possible. She describes herself as health system strengthening enthusiast. During her upbringing in Kailali and then eventually through her work with Good Neighbors International (which took her back to Kailali, including Bardiya and Doti), she observed firsthand the problems in healthcare systems like human resource shortage, scarcity of medical supplies, financing issues, and service limitations. She is trained in nursing and public health, and wants to contribute her expertise in building a better healthcare system for Nepal that ensures all people regardless of their status receive affordable and quality health care. In her role with Possible, she will build a strong cadre of community healthcare workers equipped with the latest health information and trained to meet the community health care needs.

Nirmala BKNirmala BK

Community Healthcare Nurse, Achham


Nirmala BK is a Community Health Nurse at Bayalpata Hospital. She completed her Proficiency Certificate Level degree in Nursing from Seti Mahakali Nursing Campus, Nepal. Nirmala is a team member with the Community Health Program and she works with healthcare workers across the tiers of Possible’s public-sector healthcare system to ensure successful program implementation. She works on the Home Visit program, supervises Community Health Worker Leaders, counsels chronic disease patients and expecting mothers, and implements the Group ANC implementation research study. 

Laxman Bhatt

Community Monitoring & Evaluation Associate


Laxman Bhatt is a Community Monitoring and Evaluation Associate with Possible. He completed his Bachelors in Public Health from Pokhara University School of Health and Allied Sciences. Before joining Possible, Laxman worked for Medecins du Monde-France as a Data Management and Coordination officer as well as a Project Officer. He describes himself as a young public health professional with a sound understanding and conceptualization of Public Health program management. During his time at MDM-France he gained technical skills related to district health program, DHIS2 data management, data interpretation, report writing. At Possible, Laxman works with the Impact and Community Healthcare teams in Charikot to streamline and strengthen community-level data quality and reporting processes, and to provide support on Commcare and continuous surveillance system-related issues. Laxman is originally from Baitadi District. 

Bhawana BogatiBhawana Bogati

Community Healthcare Associate, Achham


Bhawana Bogati is a Community Health Associate in Achham District with Possible. She completed her Proficiency Certificate Level degree in Nursing from Nepalgunj Nursing Campus, Nepal. Bhawana is a team member with the Community Health Program and she works with healthcare workers across the tiers of Possible’s public-sector healthcare system to ensure successful program implementation. She works on the Home Visit program, supervises Community Health Worker Leaders, counsels chronic disease patients and expecting mothers, and implements the Group ANC implementation research study. 

Nandini Choudhury

Delivery Science Analyst



Nandini Choudhury is the Delivery Science Analyst with Possible’s Impact team. She is responsible for database management and workflow, implementation research analysis, and quantitative methods writing. Previously, Nandini worked at the Public Health Foundation of India on research projects on the social determinants of health, and human resources for health. She has also worked for over a year at a New Delhi-based non-profit, Maitri India. Nandini completed her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University, with a dual concentration in Global Health and Epidemiology. She received her Bachelor’s from Soka University of America, where she concentrated in Environmental Studies.

David Citrin_headshotDavid Citrin

Director of Impact



David Citrin is the Director of Impact for Possible. He designs what we measure, how we measure it, and ensures we apply the most rigorous approaches to impact evaluation across our work. He primarily focuses on how Possible’s model of comprehensive, integrated rural healthcare creates population level outcomes. David is a medical anthropologist trained in global public health who has worked in Nepal since 2001. His early experiences as a “medical voluntourist” running health camps led him to examine the ethics, benefits, and limitations of short-term medical humanitarian and food aid programs. David received his undergraduate education at Cornell University, and his MPH and PhD training in Anthropology and Global Health from the University of Washington, where he is an Affiliate Instructor of Anthropology and Global Health. He is also the Co-Director of the Nepal Studies Initiative in the South Asia Center at the University of Washington.

Binod DangalBinod Dangal

Medical Director, Charikot Hospital, Dolakha


Binod Dangal is the Medical Director at Charikot Hospital in Dolakha District with Possible. He is a clinician and is responsible for managing all medical work and staff there. Previously, Dr. Dangal served as Medical director at Gaurishankar General Hospital. Dr. Dangal completed his MD in General Practice and Emergency Medicine from Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Grace Deukmedjian

HEAL Fellow



Grace Deukmedjian is a HEAL Fellow with Possible in Dolakha District. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Irvine, followed by her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency training at Mattel Children’s Hospital University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has been working at UCLA as a pediatric hospitalist for the past several years. Her clinical and academic interests have included evidence-based pediatric hospital medicine, global health and humanities in medicine. Prior to becoming a HEAL Fellow, she has spent time with Tibetan refugees in the Trans-Himalayan region of Northern India, worked in a pediatric hospital in Armenia, and spent one year in Haiti surrounding potable water and malnutrition as well as disaster relief. Most recently, she taught midwives and traditional birth attendants NRP in Ghana. She is excited to build on her previous experience with her new HEAL and Possible family.

BikashGauchanBikash Gauchan

Director of Medical Education


Bikash Gauchan is the Director of Medical Education with Possible. He works directly as a clinician and is responsible for managing the continuing medical education program. Previously, Bikash served as Medical Officer in the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, which is also where he completed his degrees in General Practice and Emergency Medicine.

Scott Halliday

Sr. Implementation Research Manager


Scott is a Senior Implementation Research Manager with Possible. In this role, he manages academic publications, strengthens global health partnerships, and builds robust data protocols to support Possible’s Implementation Research Program. Previously, Scott spent time at Bayalpata Hospital conducting research on performance based financing for his Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences from Boston University. Scott completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington where he majored in International Studies and minored in Global Health. Scott also worked with our partner organization Dhulikhel Hospital in the Department of Community Programmes for one year as a Research Intern in Community Medicine and Public Health. He is also the Program Coordinator of the Nepal Studies Initiative in the South Asia Center at the University of Washington.

SP Kaluanee

Director of Governance & Partnerships


SP Kalaunee is the Director of Governance & Partnerships with Possible. He is responsible for strengthening Possible’s public-private partnership with the Government of Nepal, developing Possible’s Nepal Board, and leading partnership development with other national organizations and external development partners. Prior to Possible, he worked as the acting executive director of a Nepali nonprofit, and led the organization’s functions in health, education, and community development sectors. SP also worked as the principal of Somang Academy, a secondary school, and as a board member of the Kathmandu International Study Center, an international school in Kathmandu. His teaching has ranged from primary level to the university level in different schools including both part time and full time in Nepal, Vietnam, Finland, and USA. He received his PhD in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University, where he is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Leadership and Development.He received his M.A. (Sociology), B. Ed., and LL.B. from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, M. A. (English Literature), and B. A. from Kumaun University, India.

Biraj Photo (2)Biraj Karmacharya




Biraj Karmacharya is a Co-Investigator in Chronic Disease Management and Maternal & Child Health. He founded and has been leading the Department of Community Programs at Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University, Nepal since 2006. In this position, he has been deeply involved in developing and setting up innovative community based health endeavors in rural Nepal. He has also been very much involved in forging collaborations with various international institutions and has been engaged in setting up the Kathmandu University’s Global Health Program. In 2011 he was awarded International Fulbright Science and Technology Award for higher studies in the United States. He holds a PhD in Epidemiology from and is completing an MPH with a focus in Global Health at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a co-PI of the recently launched Dhulikhel Heart Study, which is a population-based longitudinal cohort study on cardiovascular diseases and risk factors in Nepal, one of the first of its kind in a developing country. He is involved in numerous other studies related to implementation of rural health programs in Nepal and is passionate about collaborative endeavors in innovating health care delivery in resource-limited settings. He is also Co-Director of the Nepal Studies Initiative in the South Asia Center at the University of Washington.

Santosh KDSantosh Dhungana

Medical Director, Bayalpata Hospital, Achham


Santosh Kumar Dhungana is the Medical Director at Bayalpata Hospital in Achham District with Possible. He provides high-quality, compassionate clinical care to our patients in Achham as an MD-GP and serves as a key leader for our Medical team, training our clinicians on best practices and overseeing the quality of care we provide. Santosh is an inspiring and talented leader who is committed to ensuring that we are putting our patients first, and serving them with compassion and excellence each day.

Sonu_KhadkaSonu Khadka

Community Health Associate, Dolakha


Sonu Khadka is a Community Health Associate in Dolakha District with Possible. She completed her Proficiency Certificate Level degree in Nursing from Seti Mahakali Nursing Campus, Nepal. Sonu is a team member with the Community Health Program and she works with healthcare workers across the tiers of Possible’s public-sector healthcare system to ensure successful program implementation. She works on the Home Visit program, supervises Community Health Worker Leaders, counsels chronic disease patients and expecting mothers, and implements the Group ANC implementation research study. 

Anirudh Kumar

Implementation Research Fellow


Anirudh Kumar is an Implementation Research Fellow at Possible in partnership with the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. In this role, he works with the Impact Team on implementation research in the domains of non-communicable diseases, geospatial mapping, and electronic health record analytics. He is completing his MD and MPH at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he is a Dean’s Scholar in Global Health. Anirudh has worked at health and development organizations in the USA (Mount Sinai East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership), Kenya (AMPATH), and India (Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed). His passion is to empower marginalized populations by piloting and researching novel global health delivery & implementation strategies. Anirudh has expertise in non-communicable disease, mental health, gender-based violence, quality improvement, and education. He completed his BA at Columbia University, specializing in Sustainable Development and Anthropology. Anirudh is dedicated to becoming a physician-advocate, researcher, and policymaker who contributes to the health equity movement.

Lal KunwarLal Kunwar

Deputy Director of Community Healthcare


Lal Kunwar is a Senior Program Manager in Achham District with Possible. Lal has extensive experience working in Achham. He started working in Achham as a Health Post In-Charge and has close ties with the district health team. He later joined Possible in 2008, working at the Sanfebagar Medical Clinic, and later at Bayalpata Hospital. At Bayalpata Hospital, he worked as a Health Assistant and with the Community Health Program before he left to pursue his MPH. Most recently Lal worked as a lecturer at Pokhara University.

Ramesh Mahar

Sr. EHR Associate









Ramesh Mahar is a Senior EHR Associate at Possible. In his position, he oversees basic troubleshooting, implementation, monitoring and development of Electronic Health Record System in Achham. He previously worked as a Community Health Program Assistant and Data and Technology Assistant for Possible. Prior to Possible, worked at a Cyber Sansar as an IT Assistant. Ramesh holds a Bachelor in Health and Physical Education from Tribhuvan University.

Duncan_Maru2Duncan Maru

Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder, Board Member


Duncan Maru is a Co-Founder and the Chief Strategy Officer with Possible. He is also a non-voting Board Member of Possible. He leads Possible’s healthcare delivery programs, develops and tests innovations for improving rural healthcare, and relentlessly builds healthcare partnerships. Duncan is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School through the Brigham and Women’s Division of Global Health Equity. He also practices part-time on the Complex Care Service at Boston Children’s Hospital. Duncan graduated from Harvard College, received his MD/PhD from Yale University, and completed the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program and the Brigham and Women’s Global Health Equity Residency Program. Duncan’s work as a doctor and epidemiologist has generated over 40 peer-reviewed articles. Duncan received an Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of the Director and in 2015 was named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Sheela Maru

Sheela Maru

Women’s Health Adviser



Sheela Maru is the Women’s Health Adviser with Possible. She completed medical school at Yale School of Medicine, her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston Medical Center, her Masters in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health and a Global Women’s Health Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is currently an Instructor in ObGyn at Boston Medical Center and Associate Director of the department’s Section of Global Health. Her research and advocacy interests include access to reproductive health services for rural women in South Asia, maternal mortality reduction, and healthcare responses to gender-based violence.

Stephen Mehanni

HEAL Fellow



Stephen Mehanni is a HEAL Fellow with Possible in Achham District. Stephen was born in Egypt to an Egyptian father and Canadian mother, though he arrived in the U.S. early in life. He grew up in rural Florida, and remained in the state for medical school at University of South Florida. He was exposed early on to the idea that healthcare can transcend national borders, hearing stories from family friends who dedicated their lives to medical mission work in Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. Medical school provided an introduction to the realities of healthcare abroad, with clinical rotations in rural Ethiopia and a Tibetan community in India. Stephen moved to Portland, OR for internal medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University, where he served as a chief resident. A newly formed residency partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center afforded the opportunity for several clinical rotations in Botswana, where the heavy burdens of HIV and TB make for a unique and challenging environment. Stephen has a passion for clinical medicine, and interests in medical education, narrative medicine, and communication skills. He is excited to join the HEAL family. Stephen is a rotating fellow who will serve at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico.

Deepak NeupaneDeepak Neupane

Digital Systems Engineer, Dolakha


Deepak Neupane is a Digital Systems Engieer in Dolakha District with Possible. Deepak has been involved in the Network/System domain for the last 10 years. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and System and Network Engineer at Verisk Information Technology prior to joining Possible, he was responsible for managing multiple sites utilizing various Windows operating systems, Cisco switches/firewalls, Mikrotik Devices, and VMware vSphere. 
He will be responsible for overseeing EHR implementation as Possible scales in Dolakha District.

Dipika Neupane

Health Informatics Associate



Dipika Neupane is a Healthcare Informatics Associate in Dolakha District with Possible. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University. Her interests include health research, eHealth and health equity. She has previously worked as a mHealth trainer consultant for One Heart World-Wide, training health post staff and female community health volunteers in mobile based referral of pregnant women for maternal and child care. She has also worked as the field research supervisor at Nepal Health Research Council for a research project on quality of drugs. In 2015, Dipika volunteered for International Medical Corps as a Hygiene Promoter after the Nepal Earthquake. Apart from this, she has six months of experience of working as a public health instructor, and more than three years of experience of serving as an assistant editor for Health Prospect, a public health journal.

Viet Nguyen

Global Mental Health HEAL Fellow


Viet Nguyen is a Global Mental Health HEAL Fellow with Possible. In this role, she works with our Achham mental health team to improve mental health programming, develop mental health-focused quality improvement initiatives, and create mental health continuing medical education materials. She is originally from Los Angeles, California. She earned her MPH from University of California, Berkeley and her MD from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) She completed her residency in Psychiatry at UCLA as well.

Ozonoff_AlAl Ozonoff

Statistical Standards Consultant


Al Ozonoff is the Statistical Standards Consultant for the Healthcare Systems Design Group. He earned his PhD in mathematics at University of California, Santa Barbara and spent a two year post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics where he studied spatiotemporal methods to provide early warning of disease outbreaks. From 2004 to 2010 he was faculty at the Boston University School of Public Health, as Assistant Professor then Associate Professor of Biostatistics. In June 2010, he joined Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital in June 2010 to lead the Design and Analysis Core for the Clinical Research Center. He was appointed Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in 2013, and is the Director of the Center for Patient Safety and Quality Research (CPSQR), part of the BCH Program for Patient Safety and Quality.

Sachit PandeySachit Pandey

Mobile Systems Engineer



Sachit Pandey is the Mobile Systems Engineer with Possible. Sachit provides technical guidance and support for Possible’s mobile data systems, including methods and work plans for implementation and analysis. Prior to joining Possible, Sachit was involved with various short term projects as a Consultant in Nepal. He has worked for World Bank, and New York University Stern Urbanization Project and has traveled to several districts of Nepal for survey and data collection, data analysis and reporting. His core expertise comes from having over 5 years of experience with mapping, geocoding, spatial analysis, statistical data analysis, working with relational database management system, and economic research.

Mandeep Pathak

Orthopedic Surgeon, Bayalpata Hospital, Achham








Dr. Mandeep Pathak is the Orthopedic Surgeon for Possible at Bayalpata Hospital in Achham Disctrict. He completed his MBBS from Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences and he recently completed his orthopedics residency in the Philippines.

Sanjaya PoudelSanjaya Poudel

Digital Systems Engineer


Sanjaya is a Digital Systems Engineer in Achham District with Possible. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Sikkim Manipal University and has been working in IT infrastructure and end node computational support for the last 6 years. Prior to joining Possible he was at Thakralone (Astral Computers) as Technical Head. His core strength is in service level and infrastructure support, deployment support and troubleshooting (Linux, Microsoft, Apple and others).

Busan PrasainBusan Prasain

Governance & Partners Director, Dolakha


Busan is the Governance and Partnerships Director in Dolakha District with Possible. In this role, he forges partnerships to strengthen Possible’s healthcare delivery programs. Busan has extensive leadership experience, including as a Co-Founder and Program Manager of Nepal Ko Yuwa.

Hari RayamaziHari Rayamazi

Senior Program Manager



Hari Rayamazi is a Senior Program Manager in Achham District with Possible. Hari joins the Community Health Program team, having recently completed his MPH in Global Health in Thailand. He brings years of community health and public health experience with him, including active case finding and community based screening for tuberculosis in eastern Nepal. Hari will be supporting the Community Health Program with program expansion in 5 village clusters in Achham District.

Anant RautAnant Raut

Healthcare Systems Engineer


Anant Raut is the Healthcare Systems Engineer with Possible. He is an integral leader in the Impact team, who works to ensure the high performance of Possible’s digital systems in both Achham and Dolakha. Anant has been involved in various projects innovating user-centered solutions for companies like Hospira, P&G, and Samsung, and was previously as an analyst at Zurich Financial Services. He completed his MS in Engineering Design & Innovation from Northwestern University, and has a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College (CT).

Pragya RimalPragya Rimal

Mental Health Research Manager


Pragya Rimal is the Mental Health Research Manager at Possible. In this role, she leads mental health implementation research. She works closely with our mental health advisory team to design studies, collect and analyze data, and manage mental health research across our sites. Pragya has a Masters in Psychology from Andhra University, India and has experience working in NGO, clinical, and educational settings. Prior to joining Possible, Pragya worked as a program officer at SOCH Nepal and has worked at community schools in the role of facilitator cum counselor.

Marwa Saleh

HEAL Fellow



Marwa Saleh is a HEAL Fellow with Possible in Dolakha District. In this role, she will build capacity in quality improvement and strengthen the continuing medical education program. Marwa completed her Medical Degree at Weill Cornell Medical College at Qatar. During medical school she joined NGOs for short term medical trips in Uganda, Nepal and Ghana focusing on community health projects. Prior to graduating with her MD, she spent a year between Tanzania working at a local hospital and university, Geneva, working with the UNHCR developing resources for health workers for emergency response, and Lebanon assisting with early refugee resettlement. Marwa recently completed her Family Medicine Residency training at University of Texas, Southwestern, where she helped establish their Global Health track, elective and partnerships in Guatemala.

Dan SchwarzDan Schwarz

Chief Medical Officer



Dan Schwarz is the Chief Medical Officer and current member of the Board of Advisers for Possible. Dan is a Doris & Howard Hiatt resident in Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He has worked previously for Partners In Health and subsequently, at a rural public hospital in Zimbabwe, where his work focused on the decentralization of ART programs into community health posts. More recently, from 2009 – 2012, Dan was the Executive Director of Possible. Dan received his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, and his MD from Brown University.

Ryan SchwarzRyan Schwarz

Chief Operations Officer



Ryan Schwarz is the Chief Operations Officer with Possible. Ryan is also a resident physician in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at Brigham & Women’s and Boston Children’s’ Hospitals. Ryan has worked for Possible since 2008. Prior to his work with Possible, Ryan worked with health and development organizations in the USA, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, and East Timor. His academic research has focused upon innovative primary care models targeting marginalized populations in both developing and developed countries. Ryan completed his MD and MBA at Yale University.

Rekha Sherchan










Rekha is a Dentist on the medical team at Bayalpata Hospital. She is the only dentist in the district of Achham, serving over 250,000 people. Prior to Possible, she worked at a clinic in Dharan. She holds a Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Universal College Of Medical Sciences-College Of Dental Surgery at Bhairahawa. Rekha is currently studying an online Master of Public Health program at the University Of Liverpool.

Lalita Singh

Community Health Nurse, Achham


Lalita Singh is a Community Health Nurse with Possible in Achham District. She manages a range of Community Health Programs including Group Antenatal Care, Health Post Strengthening, and Chronic Disease Management.

Aradhana Thapa

Director of Community Healthcare


Aradhana is the Community Health Director at Possible in Achham District. She leads the Community Health strategy and oversees operations for our population-based community health delivery, including a network of trained, full-time community health workers. Aradhana joined Possible’s team as the Community Impact Manager before her transition to Community Healthcare Director. Prior to joining Possible, she worked at the University of Washington to train health professionals from around the world to lead and manage in the health sector. She has also worked closely with several public health institutions in Nepal to implement community based health insurance and garnering community action to rehabilitate children with disabilities. She completed a Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Global Health leadership, policy and management from the University of Washington and Bachelor of Public Health from Purbanchal University.

Poshan Thapa

District Community Healthcare Director, Dolakha


Poshan Thapa is the District Community Healthcare Director in Dolakha District with Possible. He completed his MPH with a specialization in epidemiology from Manipal University, India and BPH from Purbanchal University, Nepal. He has a keen interest in epidemiological study design and applied statistics, and a rich experience of working in academics and research. Poshan’s career has mostly been in a teaching role, and has accomplished a number of successful public health interventions and research works. Previously, he worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Public Health, Pokhara University. Poshan is passionate to work in the field of implementation research and wants to develop and test new innovative implementation research models.arch models. 

Diwash_TimilsinaDiwash Timalsina

Sr. Healthcare Informatics Associate, Achham


Diwash Timalsina is a Senior Healthcare Informatics Associate in Achham District with Possible. In this position, he oversees all government reporting systems. He holds a Bachelor in Public Health from Pokhara University. He previously worked in the Taplejung District Health Office as a Community Health Inspector, Data Management and Documentation Officer in the Manang District Health Office, and as District Coordinator for the SUAAHARA program in Kanchanpur District.

Aparna Tiwari

RMNCH Research Analyst 



Aparna Tiwari is the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Research Analyst at Possible. She completed her Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Drexel University. She also holds a Master’s in Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Missouri State University. Prior to Possible, she worked as a public health data analyst intern at Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. In this role, Aparna supports reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health implementation research as Possible brings evidence-based programs to scale. Aparna will be splitting her time between Achham, Dolakha, and Kathmandu.

Guarav TiwariGaurav Tiwari

Director of Infrastructure



Gaurav Tiwari is the Director of Infrastructure with Possible. He leads all facilities and construction projects in both Achham and Dolakha Districts. Prior to joining the Possible team, Gaurav worked in several Sub-Saharan Africa country projects through the World Bank’s Education, and Transport & Information Communications Technologies (ICT) global practices. Gaurav graduated with masters in Public Diplomacy with a focus in policy from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He completed his bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in Communications from Lee University. 


Amrit Banstola

Graduate Student, University of West England


Amrit Banstola joined the Possible team in 2014 as a Program Officer for the Community Health Program. During his time, Amrit provided valuable support to Possible’s Implementation Research Program and overall health systems strengthening programming. He worked with the Community Health Program to improve the Household Visit and Community Health Worker programs. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health and the University of West England and serves as the Editor-In-Chief of Public Health Perspective Nepal.

Janak BajgaiJanak Bajgai




Janak Bajgai worked as a Senior Program Manager in Achham District with Possible. Janak provided oversight to community health programs and health-post strengthening interventions in 8 village clusters, and managed local and regional partnerships in Achham District.  Janak is a medical doctor trained in public health, and tropical medicine. He completed his DTM&H from Liverpool, UK and MPH from Memorial University, Canada. Additionally, he worked as an intern at Centre for Neuropsychiatric Sciences, attended Disaster Medicine Summer Course at Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK. Janak has experience working at the division of public health in Eastern Health and infectious diseases department at Memorial University in St. Johns, Canada. He is interested in public health program design and implementation, mental health, clinical tropical medicine, and public health research.

Bishal Belbase




Bishal Belbase worked as the Governance and Partnerships Director in Achham District with Possible. Prior to this role, Bishal served as Possible’s Longitudinal Care Manager and Senior Program Manager in the Community Health Program. He graduated from Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal. Bishal is enthusiastic about public health policies, economics, and blogging.

Deepak BistaDeepak Bista

IT In-Charge, Bayalpata Hospital



Deepak Bista is the IT In-Charge with Possible. He completed his Advance Diploma in Computer Technology from Heights Institute of Fashion & Technology in New Delhi, India and his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Jetking Infotrain in New Delhi, India. He holds a professional diploma In Hardware & Networking from Nibbles Computer Saksharta & Rojgar Society in New Delhi, India. He has 13 years of experience working as a Graphic Designer, Computer Hardware and Networking Engineer, Computer Operator, and IT supporter for many different organizations. Deepak Bista joined Possible in September 2010 as the Data and Technology Officer. In this previous role, he oversaw data reporting and recording at Bayalpata Hospital.

Thakur DevkotaThakur Devkota, MBBS









Thakur Devkota completed his medical degree at Oxford University, UK and served as the Hospital Director at Possible. Prior to joining Possible, Thakur worked in the UK initially as a hospital doctor, and then as a general practitioner since 2005. His interests include electronic medical records, human resources and appraisal, IT management, and communication including conflict resolution. Possible’s unique model and achievements attracted Thakur to join the team. Thakur’s clinical research interests include cardiovascular medicine and diabetes.

Matt FlemmingMatthew Fleming, MD






Surgical Resident, Yale-New Haven Hospital



Matthew Fleming is a second year surgical resident at Yale New Haven Hospital He received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, magna cum laude, and his Medical Degree from Boston University. After his third year of medical school he spent a year volunteering in rural Nepal with Possible. There, he facilitated research projects focusing on the development of access to surgical care at Bayalpata Hospital and a multicenter study on causes off fever and the antibiotics used to treat them, among others. While in Nepal he interacted with leaders from many sectors of health and development, learning about the myriad of difficulties faced in the development and implementation of programs in rural resource limited settings. He plans an academic career in surgery focusing on teaching residents and medical students and fighting for increased access to surgical care in the global setting.

Prabha Gautam










Prabha Gautam previously worked as the Nursing In-Charge at Bayalpata Hospital. She is currently completing her Master’s degree with a specialization in Child Development and Gender Sensitization from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She completed her Bachelors in Science in Nursing from Purbanchal University in 2012 and has 4 years experience in the nursing field. She is interested in nursing quality improvement in remote settings and will be conducting research at Bayalpata Hospital with a focus on pediatric safety. Her research with the Healthcare Systems Design Group will give new dimensions to improving the quality of care in rural setting like Achham, Nepal. Prabha has past experiences as a lecturer at Far West Nursing College, Nepal and as an ICU and OT nurse at Vayodha Hospital, Nepal.

Alex Harsha Bangura, MD





Family Medicine Resident, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center


Alex Harsha Bangura is a first year resident in Family Medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Alex worked as a Mobile System Analyst with Possible, where she provided technical guidance in the design, implementation, and analysis of Possible’s population health surveillance system. Alex recently completed her MD from Harvard Medical School during which her work with Possible was supported by the Center for Primary Care at Harvard. Alex came to the team from Medic Mobile, a mobile technologies organization she helped found that partnered with Possible to pilot community health worker data collection and care coordination tools. With Medic Mobile, she spent several years developing and supporting similar programs in West and Southern Africa, primarily in Mali where she lived and hopes to return someday. She received her BA in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

JessicaJess Hawley, MD






Instructor in Medicine, David Geffen Medical School at UCLA


Jessica Hawley worked as a Senior Clinical Advisor for Possible. She worked to enhance clinical care at Bayalpata Hospital and regional health clinics via direct mentorship, didactic teaching, and quality improvement projects. Jess received her B.A. in International Studies from University of Wisconsin – Madison before serving as a public health volunteer with the US Peace Corps in the Republic of Kiribati. She completed medical school at University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2011 and her residency training in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian – Columbia University in 2014. She is currently an Instructor in Medicine at the David Geffen Medical School at UCLA and a Hospitalist at the UCLA Medical Center.

Aaradhana JhaAaradhana Jha, MBBS, MS








Aaradhana Jha worked as Possible’s orthopedic surgeon. She completed her bachelors degree in medicine, MBBS, from the Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Campus, TUTH, in Kathmandu and her Masters Degree in Orthopedic Surgery, MS, from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal. After completion of her degree, she worked as a senior resident at BPKIHS for a year and as a lecturer at Manmohan Memorial Medical College, Kathmandu for over a year. At Possible, she was directly responsible for looking after all orthopedic patients.

Nabin Raj KarkiNabin Raj Karki, MBBS









Nabin Raj Karki worked as a Senior Program Manager with Possible’s Community Health Program and is currently a Staff Physician at Bayalpata Hospital. He received his medical degree, MBBS, from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal. He experienced medicine first hand at a university hospital while he did rotations through various tiers of the Nepali government health system. Working as a medical officer for a private hospital allowed him to view different aspects of healthcare delivery. He also observed university and community hospitals in the United States, which is where he found his passion for global health delivery systems.

Bibhav Acharya, MD

Principal Investigator, Mental Health

Mental Health Services Adviser, Co-Founder

Iman KhanIman Khan







Graduate Student, Boston University


Iman Khan joined the Possible team in September 2013 as a Development Assistant in Boston, MA. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2013 with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Biology. She is currently finishing a Masters in Science in Medical Sciences and a Masters in Public Health at Boston University.

SumeshSumesh Khanal, MBBS











Sumesh Khanal completed his MBBS at the Institute of Medicine in Kathmandu. During a field visit in his final year, he got to observe the government health care system in a remote part of mid-west Nepal, and the challenges associated with it. Subsequently, he became interested in equitable access to health care for people living in rural areas, especially unmet needs for surgical services and telemedicine. Sumesh previously served as Possible’s Director of Research and Longitudinal Care Coordinator. He oversaw the design and implementation of research studies and coordinate follow-up surgical care.

Dhruva KothariDhruva Kothari, MD






Attending Physician, Commonwealth Care

Affiliate Faculty, Boston University, Dept of Medicine, Community Medicine Unit


Dhruva Kothari, MD, worked as a the Senior Policy Consultant with Possible. In this role, Dhruva worked on innovations that will strengthen government partnerships by generating and presenting evidence from impact evaluations. Prior to entering medicine, Dhruva was in charge of managing several randomized controlled trials for Jameel Abdul Lateef’s Poverty Action Lab. Dhruva currently works with a Boston-based accountable care organization called Commonwealth Care Alliance. Dhruva graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Economics, received his MD from Columbia University, and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Jamie LimJamie Lim







Medical Student, Boston University





Jamie is a first-year medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is currently a research assistant for Possible/Nyaya Health, investigating the implementation of its community health interventions in rural Nepal. Prior to this role, Jamie was the Kangu Partnership Manager and Executive Assistant of Possible. He is also a volunteer at the Boston Public Health Commission’s Needle Exchange Program, and a former intern at Partners in Health.

David MeyersDavid Meyers, MPH





Graduate Student, Brown University





Poshan Thapa1Poshan Thapa, MPH






Director of Research and Evaluation

David Meyers worked as a Community Health and Data Research Assistant for Possible, where he focused on ways of improving community health data collection for more actionable results. He currently works as a Research Project Manager in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health where he conducts research into primary care redesign and the costs of medical care, and part time as a consultant for the Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). He is also beginning a PhD at Brown University in Health Services Research. Prior to coming to Harvard, he completed his MPH at the Tufts University School of Medicine with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He earned his BA from Tufts University in International Relations and Community health where he focused on the usage of technology for global public health surveillance.

Joel PiduttiJoel Pidutti, MPH






Medical Student, University of Toronto



Joel is a medical student and Masters of Public Health graduate from the University of Toronto. He researched Chronic Disease Management, trying to improve patient follow-up and linking care between the hospital and the community in Achham. He previously worked in Nepal and India in HIV prevention with female sex workers and evaluation of agricultural development projects. In Toronto, he worked in global health ethics with the Sandra Rotman Centre, an ethics consulting firm to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is currently involved in Aboriginal Health research.

Sindhya Rajeev, MD, MPH





Emergency Medicine Resident, Bellevue Hospital/NYU Langone Medical Center


Sindhya Rajeev joined the Possible team in 2012 as a Clinical Operations Intern. During her time, Sindhya assisted with the Determinants of Institutional Birth study that provided evidence to support upgrading Bayalpata Hospital to a Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care Facility. Sindhya also worked as a Partnership Manager for the Watsi surgical care coordination program. Sindhya graduated with a dual MD/MPH from Tufts University. She is currently a resident in Emergency Medicine at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Langone Medical Center.

Sharada ThapaSharada Thapa






Medical Nurse, Bayalpata Hospital



Sharada Thapa is a Medical Nurse at Bayalpata Hospital. She completed her Proficiency Certificate Level degree in Nursing from Far West Technical College, Nepal. Previously, Sharada was a team member with the Community Health Program and she worked with healthcare workers across the tiers of Possible’s public-sector healthcare system to ensure successful program implementation. She worked on the Home Visit program, supervised Community Health Worker Leaders, counseled chronic disease patients and expecting mothers, and implemented the Group ANC implementation research study.