Dr Buddha Basnyat


Buddha Basnyat, MD MSc FACP FRCP (Edinburgh).



Director, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Nepal.



Buddha Basnyat is a medical doctor practicing medicine in Kathmandu, Nepal. His research interests are infectious disease and high altitude medicine both of which are in ample supply in Nepal. He has published widely in both these fields in well-known medical journals and written chapters with co-authors in the latest standard medical textbooks (for example, Harrison’s Textbook of Internal Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Medicine). He is the Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Nepal and is also the Medical Director for the Nepal International Clinic (a travel medicine clinic) and The Himalayan Rescue Association (dealing with high altitude medical problems). In all these institutions one of his primary interests is to encourage young people to do research. He also works at Patan Hospital as a consultant in the internal medicine department and is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh). He is also a Principal Investigator with the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. Finally he has been doing a weekly health column for almost four years for the weekly English language paper Nepali Times.

He is also the Honorary Consul of the government of Canada to Nepal.



Dr Basnyat has published more than 200 articles in international journals. Five key publications are listed below:

Arjyal A, Basnyat B, Nhan HT, Koirala S, Giri A, Joshi N, Shakya M, Pathak KR, Mahat SP, Prajapati SP, Adhikari N, Thapa R, Merson L, Gajurel D, Lamsal K, Lamsal D, Yadav BK, Shah G, Shrestha P, Dongol S, Karkey A, Thompson CN, Thieu NT, Thanh DP, Baker S, Thwaites GE, Wolbers M, Dolecek C. Gatifloxacin versus ceftriaxone for uncomplicated enteric fever in Nepal: an open-label, two-centre, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 Jan 19. pii: S1473-3099(15)00530-7. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(15)00530-7. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26809813

Giri A, Arjyal A, Koirala S, Karkey A, Dongol S, Thapa SD, Shilpakar O, Shrestha R, van Tan L, Thi Thuy Chinh BN, Krishna K C R, Pathak KR, Shakya M, Farrar J, Van Doorn HR, Basnyat B. Aetiologies of Central Nervous System infections in adults in Kathmandu, Nepal: A prospective hospital-based study. Sci Rep. 2013 Aug 8;3:2382. doi: 10.1038/srep02382. PMID: 23924886 [PubMed – in process]

Gertsch JH, Corbett B, Holck PS, Mulcahy A, Watts M, Stillwagon NT, Casto AM, Abramson CH, Vaughan CP, Macguire C, Farzan NN, Vo BN, Norvelle RJ, May K, Holly JE, Irons H, Stutz AM, Chapagain P, Yadav S, Pun M, Farrar J, Basnyat B. Altitude Sickness in Climbers and Efficacy of NSAIDs Trial (ASCENT): randomized, controlled trial of ibuprofen versus placebo for prevention of altitude illness. Wilderness Environ Med. 2012 Dec;23(4):307-15. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2012.08.001. Epub 2012 Oct 24. PMID: 23098412 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Arjyal A, Basnyat B, Koirala S, Karkey A, Dongol S, Agrawaal KK, Shakya N, Shrestha K, Sharma M, Lama S, Shrestha K, Khatri NS, Shrestha U, Campbell JI, Baker S, Farrar J, Wolbers M, Dolecek C. Gatifloxacin versus chloramphenicol for uncomplicated enteric fever: an open-label, randomised, controlled trial. Lancet Infect Dis. 2011 Jun;11(6):445-54. Epub 2011 Apr 29. PMID: 21531174 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]-

Basnyat B, Murdoch D. High altitude illness: An update  of  pathophysiology, prevention, and  treatment. Lancet 2003 Jun 7;361 (9373):1967-74.-


Key book chapters

Basnyat B. Altitude Illness in Pilgrims. In: Manson’s Tropical Diseases. 23rd ed. Saunders; 2013.

Basnyat B, Paterson R. Travel Medicine. In: Auerbach PS, Cushing TA, Harris NS ( eds). Wilderness Medicine. Elsevier. 2016. Seventh edition.1808-1825.

Basnyat B, Tabin G. 2015. Altitude illness, p 476 e . In Kasper DL, Fauci AS, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson JL, Loscalzo J (ed), Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th ed. McGraw Hill, New York, NY

Basnyat B. Altitude sickness. In: Dawood R editor. Traveller’s health. 5th ed. Oxford University Press; 2011.

Parry C, Basnyat B. Typhoid and paratyphoid fever. In: Oxford textbook of medicine; 2010.

Dr Basnyat’s Google Scholar profile