Assoc. Prof. Buddha Basnyat


Buddha Basnyat, MD MSc FACP FRCP (Edinburgh)


Director, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Nepal



Buddha Basnyat is a medical doctor practicing medicine and doing both infectious disease and high altitude medicine research in Kathmandu, 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 has recently become an associate professor at the University of Oxford, UK. He is the Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Nepal and is also the Medical Director for the Travel and Mountain Medicine Center (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 sound, clinical research. He also works at Patan Hospital as a consultant in the internal medicine department and is a Professor of 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. He is also the Honorary Consul of the government of Canada to Nepal.



Dr Basnyat has published almost 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals .

Five key publications are listed below:–

Shakya M, Colin-Jones R, Theiss-Nyland K, Voysey M, Pant D, Smith N, Liu X, Tonks S, Mazur O, Farooq YG, Clarke J, Hill J, Adhikari A, Dongol S, Karkey A, Bajracharya B, Kelly S, Gurung M, Baker S, Neuzil KM, Shrestha S, Basnyat B, Pollard AJ; TyVAC Nepal Study Team. Phase 3 Efficacy Analysis of a Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine Trial in Nepal. N Engl J Med. 2019 Dec 5;381(23):2209-2218. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1905047. PMID: 31800986

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]

Basnyat B, Caws M, Udwadia Z. Tuberculosis in South Asia: a tide in the affairs of  men. Multidiscip Respir Med. 2018 Mar 22;13:10. doi: 10.1186/s40248-018-0122-y. eCollection 2018. Review.PMID:29599974

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


Key book chapters

Basnyat B, Tabin G. Altitude illness. In: Jameson JL, Fauci A, Kasper DL, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Loscalzo J (eds). Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 2018, 20th edition, pp. 3333–8

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

Conlon, C., Parry, C., & Basnyat, B. (2020-03). Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers. In Oxford Textbook of Medicine. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 23 Jun. 2020, from


Dr Basnyat’s Google Scholar profile