Suraj Bhattarai, MBBS, MSc, DTM&H is a Public health specialist and Tropical medicine physician from Nepal. He is a founding executive member, a research fellow, and the co-lead of global health programme at the Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS). Additionally, he is the co-PI for ‘MAUN’ project at Gandaki Medical College, where his team is exploring microbiological & pathological causes of clinical deaths in the Gandaki region using minimally invasive tissue sampling techniques. Previously, he worked as a clinical research fellow at Patan Hospital getting involved in a number of studies (sponsored by the University of Oxford) about invasive bacterial infections in children. He has been awarded membership of Global Young Academy in 2018, and IAP-Young Physician Leaders Programme in 2016. He also works remotely with the ESPID, USAID’s STAR, and other global health projects.
Bhattarai grew up in Pokhara and completed medical training from BPKIHS, Dharan, after which he received formal & informal training in child health, translational research (epilepsy), and clinical research from USA & Europe. His research interests are in infectious & tropical diseases (biology & intervention strategy), vaccines, cancer, health technology, health policies, and transdisciplinary science. He recently completed Master’s degree in Tropical Medicine & International Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London (UK) where, for his thesis, he looked at high-risk HPV- and HIV-related risk factors for ‘multifocal’ cervical cancer among HIV-infected women in Africa.