Prof Dr. Bhagawan Koirala


Cardiovascular Surgery

Chief Consultant & Head of Cardiovascular Surgery, MBBS, MS, Fellowship in Cardio-Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Koirala is a consultant cardiothorasic surgeon and chief of cardiothorasic surgery at HAMS. Dr. Bhagawan Koirala is a cardiothoracic surgeon, professor and social worker from Palpa, Nepal. He is best known for pioneering open heart surgery in Nepal and for making operational cardiac care accessible for the public, with both the Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center and Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant developing into thriving heart centres under his leadership.

Dr. Koirala graduated  from the Kharkov Medical Institute (Ukraine) where he received his MD; he did post-graduate work at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Dhaka University in Bangladesh as well, where he received his MS in Cardiothoracic surgery. In addition, he also completed fellowships  in adult cardiac surgery at Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University, in Springfield Massachusetts and in pediatric cardiac surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada. 

Dr Koirala was the Executive Director and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center from 2001 to 2009, the Executive Director of Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center from 2010 to 2012,  and the Executive Director of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital from 2012-2014, while concurrently a Professor at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at Tribhuvan University. He is also the Chair of the Nepal Medical Council, the regulatory body overseeing licensing for all Nepali doctors.  

Dr. Koirala is also an active advocate for a variety of public health policies and projects that expand access to healthcare for the Nepali public; this includes the implementation of free cardiovascular surgery for children under 15, and seniors over 70; he also led the drive for universal health insurance policy at the national level.