Team

Current

Bibhav AcharyaBibhav Acharya, MD

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Adviser

 

Bio

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 (www.sharedminds.org), 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.

Nirmala BKNirmala BK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Health Nurse, Achham District

Bio

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. 

Indira Basnett, MBBS, MPH

 

 

 

 

Director of Global Public Sector Development

BIO

Dr. Indira Basnett, MBBS, MPH, is Possible’s Director of Global Public Sector Development. In this role, Indira leads global public sector development, with the aim to leverage Possible’s healthcare delivery innovations and implementation research evaluations to generate revenue and policy influence, nationally and globally. Her work in public health and healthcare within Nepal spans four decades. She served in Nepal’s Ministry of Health for 16 years, including as Doti District Health Officer. She subsequently worked with DFID and with IPAS, where she served as Country Director for 10 years. Some of her professional accomplishments include advocating successfully for reproductive rights inclusion in the Constitution of Nepal, serving as a key leader in task-shifting initiatives to FCHVs & ANMs for family planning and abortion care, leading the development of the Skilled Birth Attendant policy, and contributing to the integration of Emergency Obstetric Care into Nepal’s Safe Motherhood Plan.

Bhawana BogatiBhawana Bogati

 

 

 

 

 

Community Health Associate, Achham District

Bio

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 ChoudhuryNandini Choudhury, MPH

 

 

 

 

Delivery Science Analyst

 

Bio

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, PhD, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Impact

 

Bio

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, MBBS, MD-GP

 

 

 

Medical Director, Charikot Hospital, Dolakha District

Bio

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.

BikashGauchanBikash Gauchan, MBBS, MD-GP

 

 

 

Medical Director, Bayalpata Hospital, Achham Director

Bio

Bikash Gauchan is the Medical Director at Bayalpata Hospital in Achham District with Possible. He works directly as a clinician and is responsible for managing all medical work and staff there. Previously, Dr. Gauchan 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.

ScottScott Halliday, MS

 

 

 

 

 

Impact Program Manager

 

 

Bio

Scott is the Impact Program 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 KaluaneeSP Kaluanee, PhDc, MA

 

 

 

 

Director of Governance & Partnerships

 

Bio

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 M.A. (Sociology), B. Ed., and LL.B. from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, M. A. (English Literature), and B. A. from Kumaun University, India. He is currently doing his PhD in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University, where he is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Leadership and Development.

Biraj Photo (2)Biraj Karmacharya, PhD, MBBS, MSc

 

 

 

Co-Investigator, Chronic Diseases and Maternal & Child Health

Bio

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 KD, MBBS, MD-GP

 

 

 

 

Deputy Medical Director, Bayalpata Hospital, Achham District

Bio

Dr. Santosh is the Deputy Medical Director at Bayalpata Hospital in Achham District. 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. Dr. 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 District

Bio

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. 

Lal KunwarLal Kunwar, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Program Manager

 

Bio

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.

Duncan_Maru2Duncan Maru, MD, PhD

 

 

 

 

Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder, Board Member

Bio

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, MD, MPH

 

 

 

 

Women’s Health Adviser

 

Bio

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.

Deepak NeupaneDeepak Neupane

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Systems Engineer, Dolakha District

Bio

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.

Isha Final - CroppedIsha Nirola, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

Community Health Director

 

Bio

Isha Nirola is the Community Health Director at Possible. She leads the Community Health strategy and oversees operations at two key levels of Possible’s hub-and-spoke healthcare model – clinics and community health workers. Previously, Isha worked for over 3 years as Regional Manager at the Carter Center, where she managed parts of the Guinea Worm eradication program in South Sudan – and where she and her team achieved a 92% reduction in Guinea Worm cases. Prior to her work in South Sudan, Isha contributed to a number of fact-finding missions for the Human Rights Law Network’s Reproductive Rights Unit in New Delhi; served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati as a Health and Community Development worker; and worked as a Health Advocate in Baltimore City. Isha graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.A. in Health Administration and Policy, and earned her Master’s in Public Health at New York University.

Ozonoff_AlAl Ozonoff, PhD, MA

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Standards Consultant

 

Bio

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

 

Bio

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, MBBS, MS

Orthopedic Surgeon, Bayalpata Hospital, Achham District

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

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, Achham District

Bio

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 & Partnerships Director, Dolakha District

Bio

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, MPH

 

 

 

 

Senior Program Manager

 

Bio

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, MS

 

 

 

 

 

Healthcare Systems Engineer

 

Bio

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, MA

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Research Manager

Bio

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.

Dan SchwarzDan Schwarz, MD, MPH

 

 

 

 

Chief Medical Officer

 

Bio

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, MD, MBA

 

 

 

 

Chief Operations Officer

 

Bio

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.

Lalita Singh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Health Nurse, Achham District

Bio

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, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

Community Impact Manager

 

BIO

Aradhana is the Community Impact Manager at Possible in Achham District. She manages the robust population health surveillance program, implementation research programs, and measurement and evaluation of our work’s impact in Achham. 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 a Bachelor of Public Health from Purbanchal University.

Poshan Thapa, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Research and Evaluation

Bio

Poshan Thapa is the Director of Research and Evaluation with Possible. In this role, he manages all implementation research projects. 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. 

Diwash_TimilsinaDiwash Timalsina

 

 

 

 

 

Impact Reporting Associate, Achham District

Bio

Diwash Timalsina is the Impact Reporting 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.

Guarav TiwariGaurav Tiwari, MA

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Infrastructure

 

Bio

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. 

Lena Wong, MD

 

 

 

 

 

HEAL Fellow

 

Bio

Lena Wong is a HEAL Fellow with Possible via a partnership with the HEAL Initiative at the University of California, San Francisco. Lena was born and raised in New Jersey, completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rutgers University in NJ, and went on to medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She wanted to do global health from the beginning of her medical career, gaining interest on trips to South Africa and China. This was during the time of the HIV crisis in southern Africa and there were very few doctors available, little information being given to the people. She knew she wanted to work in these places, where the need was great and resources low. She went on to complete residency training in both internal medicine and pediatrics in Miami, being able to do some global work on a daily basis with the number of patients from different countries all around South and Central America. Following this, she started the HEAL fellowship in July 2015 and spent the first 6 months with the Navajo Nation, native Americans, in Arizona. She came to work with Possible as a partner of the HEAL initiative and was just so impressed with the organization for doing such great things in rural medicine. She wanted to do the fellowship to learn more about developing healthcare systems and quality improvement and she thinks the match with Possible was a great fit.

Chase_YarbroughChase Yarbrough, MD

 

 

 

 

Electronic Health Record Consultant

Bio

Chase Yarbrough is the Electronic Health Record Consultant with Possible. Chase completed a BS in computer science at Stanford University in 2007. He then moved to Rwanda where he worked for Partners In Health on implementing electronic medical records at rural hospitals and clinics. He also developed health information technology for Village Health Works in Kigutu, Burundi. Afterwards, Chase completed his MD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Currently, Chase is a Global Health Equity resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Alumni

Amrit Banstola

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Student, University of West England

Bio

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, MBBS, MPH, DTM&H

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

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, MBBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIO

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

 

Bio

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

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

 

Bio

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

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

BIO

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

Bio

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

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

BIO

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

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

Bio

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

 

 

 

Bio

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

 

 

 

Bio

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

 

Bio

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

BIO

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

 

BIO

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.