Faculty, Staff & Students


Biraj Karmacharya Ph.D.

Photo of Biraj Karmacharya, PhD

Regional Partnerships Director & Chief Department of Community Programs, Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University Hospital

Preceptor, LUNA Program


Dr. Karmachaya completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery  from College of Medical Sciences at Kathmandu University, Nepal. He also received a Master of Science in  Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University, Thailand and his MPH (Global Health) and PhD in Epidemiology  from the University of Washington, School of Public Health. Dr. Karmachaya founded and is currently the Chief  of the Department of Community Programs in Dhulikhel Hospital. Additionally, he is an Assistant Professor in  the Department of Community Medicine at Kathmandu University Hospital. For over 12 years, Dr. Karmachaya  has been actively involved in community-based, rural health research, program development and education in  Nepal. He is currently a co-Investigator of a NIH-T4 grant (NHLBI U24 study to build a Research Center of  Excellence) designed to increase capacity for non-communicable disease research in Nepal. His research  encompasses diverse topics on chronic and infectious diseases as well as microfinance and rural community  health and education. He is also co-PI on the Dhulikhel Heart Study, a large population based longitudinal  study on CVD in Nepal, the first of its kind in a developing country. Dr. Karmachaya plays an integral role in  ensuring that the faculty’s activities, including teaching, research and service work, meet the needs of Nepali  individuals and communities. He has strategic oversight and leadership of Nepali health curricula, research,  and research ethics across the faculty, and has been influential in driving the recent review of IP health  teaching and learning.


  • University of Washington, PhD, 2015
  • University of Washington, MPH, 2017
  • Mahidol University, MSc, 2006
  • Kathmandu University, MBBS, 2002