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Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
Global Public Health and Clinical Research

Kathmandu, Nepal

Research Interests

Maternal & Child Health, Infectious Diseases (Vaccine-preventable & Emerging infections), STIs, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Urban Health, Health Policies


Topics to speak on:

Global public health, Universal Health Coverage, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Urban health, Health policies, Global burden of diseases


Dr. Bhattarai graduated from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK with a degree in Tropical Medicine & International Health. His research interests are in maternal & child health, Infectious diseases particularly vaccine-preventable and emerging infections, STIs, neglected tropical diseases, urban health, and health policies. Before moving to London, he worked as a Clinical research fellow at Patan Hospital (Kathmandu) getting involved in pediatric infectious disease and vaccine studies sponsored by Oxford University (OVG). He has experience of evaluating Family planning and MNCH projects as well as the status of the private sector in health in Nepal. Currently, he leads an RTI-BMGF-funded research project 'Mortality surveillance using minimally invasive tissue sampling technique in Nepal (MAUN)'.

He was selected as an IAP Young Physician Leader in 2016 and participated in a series of leadership training during the World Health Summit. As an offshoot of that program and under his initiative and leadership, Nepal Academy of Science & Technology (NAST) coordinated national-level research training workshops for early-career scientists. With an utmost passion on Global public health, he has served as a member of several committees such as 'Health in All Policies' and 'Urban Health' within IAP,  'Strengthening clinical research capacity in LMICs' with the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), USAID's STAR project and 'Global Health Workforce Sub-committee' within CUGH (USA), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR, UK) - Global Health HPSR Awards, and more. He is a member of the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Disease (ESPID) and works closely with its scientific committee and official journal (PIDJ). He has published scientific reports and original research articles.

Dr. Bhattarai obtained his medical degree from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal under the Golden Jubilee Scholarship Scheme of the Embassy of India and later received informal training in pediatrics and clinical research from top medical/research institutions in the USA.

Passionate about undertaking leadership roles in health, he utilizes the platform given to him by Global Young Academy to raise a strong voice for science advocacy and capacity strengthening of young scientists globally. He is leading 'Trust in Medical Science' project within the Global Health Working Group of the GYA.

Twitter: @DrBhattaraiS