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Name:  Sudip Shrestha
Education: MBBS, MD, Post-Doctoral Training (Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute)
Designation: Executive Chairman and Founder, Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr. Sudip Shrestha, the Executive Chairman of Nepal Cancer Hospital and Research Center (NCHRC) is a visionary and a pioneer in the field of oncology in Nepal. His “dream project” of a comprehensive cancer hospital in Nepal that provided quality cancer care was realized in 2015, when NCHRC was established under his leadership as Executive Chairman.


Before NCHRC, Dr. Shrestha worked as Medical Director and HOD of Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, helping establish and run this important public hospital, and also played an instrumental role in establishing the Om Cancer Care Centre, the dedicated cancer care wing of a popular private hospital in Nepal. His passion for comprehensive cancer care has led him to envision and set up many organizations dedicated to academic, palliative or other aspects of cancer care.  As founding president, he provided the vision and energy for the establishment of Nepalese Association of Palliative Care (NAPCare 2009) and the Nepal Cancer Support group (NCSG 2009). He is also a founder member of Om Health Foundation, a voluntary organization to help poor patients.


As the country’s leading expert on cancer, he has been involved in numerous cancer activities as speaker, teacher, organizer, researcher, or founder. Dr. Shrestha continues being bold and visionary in tackling cancer in Nepal, and wants to help make cancer treatment and control a part of the country’s national health policy, and help cover cancer patients under a national health insurance policy.

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Career Objectives

To establish a career in Medical oncology in the country and to perform pioneering works in the field of cancer to improve the cancer care scenario in the country.

Executive summary and achievements

With the philosophy of professional sincerity and commitment, passion for the pioneering work, , confidence on self, love and feeling towards the mother land made a carrier objective to become an expert in the Cancer.

In spite of having opportunities of establishing a carrier in other dynamic medical fields, decided to become an oncologist was not an easy decision for a bright student. But with Courage and passion for the new field did not stop me for taking the decision. During 2 yrs of Post doctorial training for Medical oncology, both In Nepal and in India (1998-2000 AD) need of developing this field in Nepal was better felt and understood. That was the period of my determination to work  to improve the cancer care situation in Nepal.

After the return from postdoctoral training in Medical oncology, with the opportunity to work in the place with the system and facilities virtual non existent, was great motivational factor.  It was great experience and opportunity to have closure look of the  problems  . It was proud moments for me to be part of history to establish and to run the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, second only  Cancer Hospital in the country in the capacity of Medical Director (………). Also played instrumental role to establish dedicated cancer Care services in private set up ( Om Hospital and Research Center).

During the period passion for working in cancer care became more stronger. Need of Academic activities, Palliative care services, Support groups, Professional bodies,  social workers, Philanthropists, and  Working more closely with the communities and patients and families understanding issue and problems became more clearer. Result of this I  could visioned  organizations like Nepalese Association of Palliative care (NAPCare 2009) and Nepal Cancer Support group (NCSG 2009) as a founder president. Both the organization presently giving a great contribution to the society for various activities against cancer. Had volunteered numerous anticancer activities with various government  and non-governmental organization. Had contributed numerous academic activities in the country in cancer as a Speaker, faculty, Teachers, Organizer etc. Also has published few research works in pear review journals, and has guided students for their research works.

With the commitment and sincerity towards the profession and love to our beloved patients the trust and expectation from the community towards me was overwhelming.  This was not only making me more responsible for them but also challenging me to do something more and new. After having basic diagnostic treatment facilities for cancer  in Nepal great challenges was to bring is ‘quality of care’, for the same reason  many of us still needed to go out of the country.

With visionary idea, Courageous nature, self-confidence, positive attitude to bring a comprehensive cancer hospital in the country with quality and passionate care it became a ‘dream project”. It was possible in Private set up only   It was a Hercules task when funding, expertise and resources were limited. With simplicity, sincerity, commitment, the helping hands were not less. Overwhelming support from faculties from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Center, New Delhi , Senior and junior colleagues, Community, political parties,  media  and own family and friends the dream became a reality. In 2015, Nepal cancer Hospital and Research center was established in Harisidhi , Nepal with the motto of Care with excellence. (www.nch.com.np) under my leadership as an executive Chairman.

The project is one of largest in private set up worth NPR 160 crores,   with the intention of establishing as a comprehensive cancer center of excellence to provide affordable and international level of quality care to patients and families from all around Nepal. Along with treatment, the hospital has also focused on preventive oncology, palliative oncology, Education and Research on cancer. best of diagnostic services both in radiology and laboratory services. The Institute has given highest priority to establish its Radiation Oncology Department with  a state of art facility (Linac with Ture Beam II /20 channel fully loaded brachytherapy services  capable of doing very accurate advance radiotherapy treatment of world standard with dedicated highly trained manpower. With dedicated trained medical team the hospital is going to have all the cancer services under one roof.

With the good vision, and quality of good leadership like Courage, integrity,humility, persistent,focus,positive attitude,good communicator,generous nature, patients, cooperative, motivative, an person with innovative idea and having faith on team work,  The organization is heading towards great success and future.

The One of the final goal my life is to play a strong advocacy role to bring “National Cancer control program under National health policy in the country”  so that we can  reduce cancer incidence, mortality and improve quality of life of cancer patients, through the systematic and equitable implementation of evidence-based strategies for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treat¬ment, and palliation, making the best use of available resources. Also to bring cancer treatment under health insurance policy available to all the citizen of Nepal.

Contributions as an oncologist in the country

• Have been playing actively to established to develop Bhaktapur cancer hospital, 2nd cancer hospital in the country established with the help of joint effort from public, national and international organizations government of Nepal.
• Have established Om cancer care center, in Om hospital and Research center a private hospital and working as a Chief coordinator and consultant medical oncologist.
• Have been actively involved in cancer prevention activities such as awareness programmes and screening programmes organized by Nepal cancer Relief society as well as other organizations like cancer hospital, social organizations etc.
• Have been actively involved for setting up palliative care service in Nepal sponsored by INCTR, Belgium, I am an active member of palliative care group of Nepal, formed under Nepal Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (NNCTR) branch office of INCTR to Nepal.
• Have played an leading role to established palliative care service in Bhaktapur cancer hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal  and worked as a coordinator for the project.
• Have played an important role in establishing Nepalese palliative care Association (NAPCare 2009) as an President Ad Hoc committee and also served as president of the association for the year 2012 to 2014. Presently working as Immediate pass president and executive member. Also contributing as coordinator for International workshop on palliative care jointly with ASCO and SFO-N.
• Have played important role establishing “Nepal Breast Cancer support group” and presently working as a treasurer of the group.
• Have played important role establishing “Nepal Cancer support group ” an presently working as the president of the group.
• Have played important role establishing om Health foundation and presently working as assistant treasurer of the foundation.
• Had worked as a coordinator for charity fund to help poor and needy patients in Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, Nepal.
• Have been working as a resource person for Nepal Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (NNCTR), Nepal for its various activities on cancer prevention like ‘Trainer for the trainer programme’ to develop community level health manpower who will work as a trainer to train community volunteers and public about  cancer and its preventions. ‘Nursing staff training programme’ of various hospitals in the country, on cancer.
• Have been working as a recourse person for Nepal Cancer Relief Society on the its activities against Cancer.
• Have contributed to publish many patient educating materials on cancer and its prevention and treatment in local language.
• Have been working as a member in national Registry committee.
• Presently busy working as an Executive chairman. in a very important project to establish a state of art comprehensive cancer In private sector for the 1st time in the country. Nepal Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Harisidhi, Lalitpur, Nepal. (www.nch.com.np).  
Advisor: Forum for developing National Strategies plan for palliative Care for Nepal 2016. (Nepalese Association of Palliative care and Two world)

•  International Editorial Board members: South Asian Journal of cancer.  
Nominated as a  member of an expert panel charged with the development of a Resource Stratified Guideline on Palliative Care in Global Settings: ASCO; in the year 2016.
(ASCO resource-stratified clinical practice guidelines provide evidence-based guides for medical care providers and policymakers and outline suggested methods of treatment and care.  Guidelines can address specific clinical situations (disease-oriented) or use of approved medical products, procedures, or tests (modality-oriented).  Multi-national Expert Panels will develop three separate, though related, guidelines as envisioned by ASCO’s Resource Stratified Guideline Advisory Group)
Nominated as a member Technical working committee for National Cervical Cancer Screening and prevention implementation plan 1916-20.  

 

Curricular Honours & Awards

• Ranked 1st in all standards in School.
• Ranked 1st Division in School Leaving Certificate Board Examination
• Ranked 1st in Intermediate in Science Certificate Examination from University in the College.
• Ranked 1st Division in University examination in Medical College with 1st class marks in all the subjects.
• Ranked 1st Division in University examination for MD degree.
• Best free paper award on 4th International conference of International college of surgeons- Nepal section. 2004, Kathmandu.
• Awarded as a best contributor as a cancer specialist in the country in the year 2004 ( Nepal  Cancer Relief Society).
• Winner of Young investigational Award (YIA) on 9th International Conference of Asian oncology Society hold In Gifu city, Japan.

Research Activities

• Submitted a thesis on the topic “ Study of Clinical and Biochemical Profile and Closed needle biopsy findings in patients with Exudative pleural effusion”. This thesis was submitted to the Tribhuvan University in fulfilment of requirement for the degree of Doctor of Medicine in  Internal medicine, on October 1998.

• Poster presentation on “ Gemcitabine and Cisplatin/ Carboplatin Chemotherapy on advanced pancreatic cancer” ISOCON 2000, IX th Biennial National Conference of Indian Society of Oncology, 2000, Hyderabad, India.

• Worked as a Study Coordinator in the study” A phase II Study of Gemcitabine and Cisplatin in chemotherapy Naïve unresectable gall bladder cancer: Protocol – B9E-IN-0095.” Sponsored by Eli Lilly Ranbaxy Limited for the site Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center, New Delhi.

• Paper presentation “gall bladder cancer: review of cases and long term follow up” International conference on Gastrointestinal malignancy, RGCON 2004, in New Delhi, India.

• Paper writing “CARCINOMA GALL BLADDER : AN INSTITUTIONAL EXPERIENCE”  J Nep Med Assoc 2006; 45: 342-346.

• Paper writing “ Deep Seated thoracic and abdominal lesions usefulness of ultrasound  guided fine needle aspiration cytology, a 3 yr experience.” J Nep Med Assoc March 2020.

• Co Author: Palliative Care Development: The Nepal Model, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 33 No. 5 May 2007. (https://www.academia.edu/23525420/Palliative_Care_Development_The_Nepal_Model?auto_accept_coauthor=true)

• Published article  as an  expert commentary : Challenges and Solutions for Developing Palliative Care in Nepal; Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Daily News Archive, October 9, 2015.  ASCO. (http://pallonc.org/challenges-and-solutions-developing-palliative-care-nepal)

•    Accepted for Poster presentation ; “Epidemiology and clinical profile of breast cancer in central Nepal” :  on 3rd World Congress on Women’s Health and Breast Cancer” , October 03-05, 2016  London, UK.
•    Published article “Epidemiology and Clinical Profile of Breast Cancer in Central Nepal, Annals of Breast Cancer Research: Ann Breast Cancer Res 1(1): 1005 (2016). 
•    Published article : Shrestha JS, Shrestha A, Shrestha S, Shrestha S, Sharma TR, et al. (2016) Epidemiology and Clinical Pro le of Breast Cancer in Central Nepal. Ann Breast Cancer Res 1(1): 1005. 
•    Published article: Social support, quality of life and mental health status in breast cancer patients: Jenesh Singh Shrestha, Alish Shrestha, Abja Sapkota, Rakshya Sharma, Samip Shrestha, Sudip Shestha, Kapendra Sekhar Amayta and Madhav Gautam: Cancer Rep Rev 1: DOI: 10.15761/ CRR.1000107
Published Article: Adverse Drug Reaction due to Cancer Chemotherapy and its Financial Burden in Different Hospitals of Nepal: Sunil Shrestha, Ranjani Shakhya, Sudip Shrestha, Sachin Shakhya. International journal of Pharmacovigilance; ( Published: April 18, 2017 (https://symbiosisonlinepublishing.com/pharmacovigilance/pharmacovigilance14.pdf)

Academic Activities

• Have been taking classes on oncology for the postgraduate medical students in National Academy  of medical Science (NAMS), Nepal.
 
• Taking part as a speaker in CMEs on oncology in different hospitals and scientific gatherings in Nepal.

• Taking academic classes for resident doctors, paramedical staffs.

• Have been actively involved in tumor board meetings of Bhaktapur cancer Hospital.

•    Member Tumor Board of Nepal, run by Rotary Club of Bagmati. 
•    International Editorial Board members: South Asian Journal of cancer.      
•    Nominated as Member Technical Working group “National Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention Implementation Plan 2016-20. 
•    Nominated as Expert Panel members: ASCO Resource-Stratified Palliative Care Guideline; 2016

Professional Qualification

1985-1991    - MB, BS - First class
    Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduawe Medical Education and  Research (JIPMER)
    University of Madras, India.
    
October 1996 - Passed MRCP (UK) Part I  from Kathmandu centre.

1996-1999     - MD (Internal Medicine) - First class
                    Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

1999- 2001 - Advanced Post-graduates training in Medical Oncology

Professional Experiences Previous

Feb 92 to Mar 96    - Resident Medical Officer in Department of Medicine,
                             Bhaktapur Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal.

28 Apr-19 Feb 92    - House Officer in Accidents & Emergency Department of    
                            TUTH, Kathmandu, Nepal.
        
Apr 1996 to Apr99    - Sr. Resident in Department of Medicine, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Kathmandu, Nepal & Bir Hospital Kathmandu, Nepal.

May 1999 – July 99  - Registrar in General Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Aug.1999 - Nov.99   - Registrar in Radiotherapy and Cancer unit, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.        

1999- 2001             - Sr. Resident Dept of Medical Oncology, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre

2001- 2009            - Head of Department of Medical oncology.
                           1. Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
                           2. Sr consultant medical oncologist and Coordinator
                          Oncology services
                          Om Cancer care Center,
                         OM Hospital and Research Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal and Sarvang hospital, Kupundole.

2009 – 2013    -1. Medical Director  and Head on Medical oncology
                     Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
                     2. Sr consultant medical oncologist and Coordinator
                     Oncology services
                     Om Cancer care Center,
                     OM Hospital and Research Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal and Sarvang hospital, Kupundole.

2013 to present    Exe. Chairman, Nepal Cancer hospital and Research Center, Harisidhi, Lalitpur, Nepal.(www.nch.com.np)
Also working as Sr consultant Medical oncologist of same institute and also working for charity to  Bhaktapur Cancer hospital as Sr consultant medical  oncologist.

 

Member/Registered

1. Medical Council of Tamil Nadu, India.
2. Medical Council of Nepal.
3. Life Member of Nepal Medical Association
4. Life member  of Society of Internal  Medicine of Nepal  (SIMON)
5. Life member of SAARC Federation of Oncology, Nepal.
6. Life member of Nepal Oncology society  (NEONS).
7. Honorary Member of Patan Jaycees (Voluntary Organisation).
8. Rotarian “ Rotary club of Yala” District… Nepal
9. Founder member of Om Health foundation, kathmandu, Nepal, a Voluntary organization to help poor patients.
10. Executive member of Society of Internal  Medicine of Nepal  (SIMON) for 2002 to 2004 and  2005 to 2007, 2007 to 2009.
11. President Nepal Cancer support group (NCSG 2009)
12. Founder President and Vice president Nepalese Palliative care group  (NAPCare 2009)
13. Served as president for NAPCare for 2012- 2014.
14. Treasurer Nepal Breast cancer support group.
15. Vice treasurer Om health foundation, Nepal
16. Adviser, Richa Bajimaya Memorial foundation.
17. Executive member and Scietific committee Chairman SAARC Federation of Oncology- Nepal Chapter (SFO-N): for 2012-2016.

18.    Council member from Nepal ACOS (Asian Clinical oncology society)

19.    member of an expert panel charged with the development of a Resource Stratified Guideline on Palliative Care in Global Settings: ASCO; in the year 2016.
20.    member Technical working committee for National Cervical Cancer Screening and prevention implementation plan 1916-20.

Languages

Fluent in Nepali, Newari, English, Hindi.


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