Dr. Santosh Baniya,MD

Mountain medicine and travel medicine expert, General Practitioner, Emergency physician and Researcher!

Doctor with the complete package for your travel to high altitude and wilderness! Starting from your home, through the journey and until you get back home safely!

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My Resume

Education

  • Feb 2002 - Mar 2003

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  • Feb 2002 - Mar 2003

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  • Feb 2002 - Mar 2003

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Work Experiences

  • Feb 2015 - 2019

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  • Feb 2010 - Mar 2015

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  • Feb 2006 - Mar 2010

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Simon Lowe, UK Managing Director, Jagged Globe

Since 2017, Santosh has been the bedrock of medical support to our climbing and trekking teams in Nepal. It has been very important to us that he has been able to give expert advice fluently to our team members, but also to our team leaders in their native language, whether that be in Nepali to our local leaders or in English to the western leaders we send to Nepal. Santosh has shown himself to be an expert in high altitude medicine and this, coupled with his general medical advice, has helped resolve issue quickly and effectively for the benefit of our teams. We are very grateful for all of the medical interventions he has help with and the advice he has shared whenever he has been called upon.

Richard Bull, USA Race Director, Trail Running Nepal

We've been delighted to have been lucky enough to work several times with Santosh Baniya on the Mustang and Manaslu trail races in Nepal. He's everything we expected from a competent expedition medic and so much more. He has always gone the extra mile with his dedication to the well-being of the competitors in tough working conditions of cold and high altitude after a long day of hiking. He's the last to eat in the dining room after doing the evening rounds and repacking the medical kit. He's most recently helped advise us and race applicants understand the latest research and risk with regard to COVID-19 issues and altitude. His articulacy is excellent, patience legendary, humor uplifting and is, in summary, a very valuable addition to any high altitude expedition.

Dr David Hillebrandt, UK Ex President UIAA Medcom

The mountain medicine world is small and it is through the International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM) that I met Santosh. Initially we worked together via a UK commercial Expedition company which runs treks and expedition to Nepal. Being a Nepali doctor he was incredibly helpful to me when we were working medically with porters, local staff and clients. In 2018 he organised the ISMM Medicine Congress in Kathmandu. It was attended by about 400 international delegates and all attending were overwhelmed by the organisational skills of Santosh and his team.

Louise Jones Trail Runner, UK

I was a participant on the Mustang Trail Race which Dr Baniya was the altitude and extreme sports specialist. I received expert care, advice and attention including coping with running at altitude. As a result of this specialist care I completed the race and the whole experience was much more enjoyable knowing the group and I were so well looked after. I would whole heartedly recommend him to any groups looking to receive the very best care and attention.

Dr. Santosh Baniya, MD

Mountain medicine and travel medicine expert, General Practitioner, Emergency physician and Researcher!

Medic with the complete package for your travel to high altitude and wilderness! Starting from your home, through the journey and until you get back home safely!

Growing up in the laps of Annapurna Range, Pokhara, I had always been drawn towards the mountains. But, it was only in my high school I actually realized how much I love the mountains when I moved to the capital city “Kathmandu” for my higher education. Soon, I was trekking and travelling around the mountains with immense joy and passion.

Later, in medical school I joined a community of mountain lovers called Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN); where I learnt about the high altitude physiology and mountain medicine and got connected with the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA). Since then, I have been heavily involved in the activities of MMSN and HRA which aims to educate local and foreign travelers about altitude illnesses, train medical students, paramedics and young doctors about mountain medicine and rescue operations, run the rescue posts in the Himalayas, coordinate with stakeholders to create safer mountains and promote the mountain medicine in Nepal. Now, I am an integral part of the society and Himalayan Rescue Association.

Currently, I am working as an emergency physician at Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) under Ministry of Health and Population after completing my residency. Here, I am also looking after the RECOVERY (Randomized evaluation of COVID 19 therapy) trial as a site principle investigator and am one of the editors of the Medical Journal of PAHS.

In addition, I am one of the elected vice presidents of International Society for Mountain Medicine for 2021-2025, secretary of Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal, member of Himalayan Rescue Association and member of International society of Travel Medicine. I am one of the editors for the Journal of Travel medicine since 2022.

As a qualified general practitioner, emergency physician, travel and mountain expert I provide packaged medical and logistics service to travelers in the high altitude and wilderness.

Education

  • 2018- 2021

    MD, General Practice and Emergency MedicineInstitute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal (Gold Medal)

  • 2015-16

    Diploma in Mountain Medicine UIAA/ICAR/ISMM and Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal

  • 2010-2016

    MBBSInstitute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • 2015

    Diploma in Global HealthUniversity of Tampere School of Medicine, Finland and Institute of Medicine, Nepal

  • 2008

    High School Capital College and Research Center, Kathmandu, Nepal

Work Experiences

  • 2021- Current

    Emergency Physician and LecturerWestern Regional Hospital, Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal

  • 2016-18

    Local Organizing Chairperson XII ISMM World Congress on Mountain Medicine, 2018, Hotel Yak and Yeti. Organized by MMSN, HRA and ISMM

  • 2017-18

    Program Co-ordinator, Global Health CourseGlobal Health Unit, National Centre for Health Professions Education, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu

  • 2017

    Medical OfficerTravel and Mountain medicine expert at Nepal International Clinic (Travel and mountain medicine center), Kathmandu

  • 2016 (Sept-November)

    Medical OfficerVolunteer doctor, Machhermo-Gokyo Aid-post, International Porter Protection Group

Current Affiliations

  • 2021-Current

    Emergency Consultant and Lecturer Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal

  • 2021-Current

    Mountain Medicine and Travel medicine consultant CIWEC Hospital, Lakeside, Pokhara

  • 2021-Current

    Editor Medical Journal of Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences

  • 2021-Current

    Site Principal InvestigatorRECOVERY (Randomized Evaluation of COVID-19 Therpay) Trial, PAHS site

  • 2018-Current

    Medical Consultant Medical consultant for Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), Nepal

Organizational Experience

  • 2021-2025

    Vice PresidentInternational Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM)

  • 2021-2023

    Secretary Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN)

  • 2021-Current

    Member Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA)

  • 2021-Current

    Member International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)

  • Current

    Member Nepal Medical Association (NMA)

Past Expeditions

Upper Mustang/Lo Manthang (Trail Running)

Overview of the trek: TypeTeahouse/lodge plus camp based trekkingDifficultyLevel 3Duration14 daysGroup size30 trail runners plus 6 race organizers plus 15 support staffsAge groupAdultsHighest altitude reachedChhoser[...]

Around Manaslu (Trail Running)

Overview of the trek: TypeTeahouse/lodge plus camp based trekkingDifficultyLevel 3Duration14 daysGroup size54 trail runners plus 6 race organizers plus 20 support staffsAge groupAdultsHighest altitude reachedLarkya[...]

Helambu (Cancer Charity) trek

Overview of the trek: TypeCamp based trekkingDifficultyLevel 1Duration7 daysGroup size61 adult clients plus 25 support staffsAge groupAdults and elderly (2 participants >70 years)Highest altitude reachedTarke-gyang[...]

Gokyo Ri

Overview of the trek: TypeTeahouse/lodge based trekkingDifficultyLevel 3Duration14 daysGroup size25 clients (20 adolescents + 5 teachers) plus support staff (15)Age groupAdolescents (17-19 years) accompanied by[...]

Everest Base Camp

Overview of the trek: TypeTeahouse/lodge based trekkingDifficultyLevel 2Duration14 daysGroup size18 adult clients plus 5 support staffsAge groupAdultsHighest altitude reachedEverest Base Camp (5,364 meters) Despite ascending[...]

Telemedicine

You can request a consultation for your expedition and travel outside your comfort zone via this platform. Services available via telemedicine: Pre-travel consultation for your[...]

Pre-travel consultation

I commit to make your travel to mountains safer, memorable and free from medical problems. Consultation can be booked for: Preparing your itinerary/ascent profile in[...]

Mountain Medicine and First aid Training

Dr. Baniya has been providing mountain medicine trainings to medical doctors, paramedics, trekking guides and mountain guides and first aid training with basic life support[...]

Expedition Doctor

As an expedition doctor, I provide packaged service to travelers which starts from your home until you get back home. Dr. Baniya has been leading[...]

My Publications

The impact of travelling to high altitude in the Himalayas on self-reported appetite

To assess whether self-reported appetite is influenced by altitude accounting for physical exertion, age, gender, duration at altitude, physical fitness, illness and medication.

Prakash Adhikari: April 13, 1965 to October 23, 2020

Prakash Adhikari (54), a hero of mountain rescue, passed away on October 23, 2020, in Kathmandu, Nepal, from COVID-19 pneumonia. He worked tirelessly as the[...]

Bell’s Palsy as a possible complication of mRNA-1273 (Moderna) vaccine against COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines have been linked to some adverse effects, including fever, myalgia, and headache. Bell’s Palsy, a rare adverse effect was reported to be associated[...]

Efficacy and safety of inhaled budesonide on prevention of acute mountain sickness during emergent ascent: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a pathophysiologic process that occurs in non-acclimated susceptible individuals rapidly ascending to high-altitude. Barometric pressure falls at high altitude and[...]

Mismanagement of Severe Altitude Illness in a Tertiary Hospital in Nepal: A Cautionary Tale

High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is a potentially lethal noncardiogenic pulmonary edema1 that accounts for the majority of deaths from high-altitude illness.2 The availability of[...]

Prevalence of Respiratory Manifestations in Chronic Kidney Diseases; A Descriptive Cross-sectional Study in a Tertiary Care Hospital of Nepal

Chronic kidney diseases affect patients with multiple respiratory complications by varied etiopathogenesis adversely affecting the outcome in them. The aim of the study is to[...]

Reentry High Altitude Pulmonary Edema in the Himalayas

Baniya, Santosh, Christopher Holden, and Buddha Basnyat. Reentry high altitude pulmonary edema in the Himalayas. High Alt Med Biol. 18:425–427, 2017.—Reentry high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), a[...]

Status of vitamin D and parameters of calcium homeostasis in renal transplant recipients in Nepal: a cross sectional study

Vitamin D, apart from being an important part of the “calcium-vitamin D-parathyroid hormone” endocrine axis, has diverse range of “non-calcemic” biological actions. A high prevalence of[...]

Altitude illness and Acclimatization; Thriving at high altitude

Altitude illness refers to the spectrum of diseases that occurs at high altitude (above 2,500 meters) as a result of failure to acclimatization. Altitude illness[...]

Mythbuster; 10 Myths And Facts About Altitude Illness

In a sunny day with clear blue sky and the Annapurna range in the background I was having a tea chat with my good friend[...]

Tips for successful travel in high altitude

No matter how exciting the travel is to the high altitude, it is always challenging and is never free of troubles. We have hundreds of[...]

Level of difficulty in expedition

Trek/Expedition difficulty levels: There is no specific classification on level/grades of difficulties for an expedition or trek. Please follow the following “Level of difficulty” which[...]

Travelers diarrhea; A complete guide to avoid the illness

What is Travelers’ diarrhea?It is the gastrointestinal infection occurring in the travelers within 10 days of travel as a result ofvirus, bacteria or parasites. It[...]

Unaware and Ignorant Pilgrims

Pilgrims in the Himalayas have been travelling to high altitude pilgrimage sites since ages with absolutely different mind-set, in comparison to other (usually younger) travelers.[...]

Rapid ascent to high altitude: Fast, Fun but Fatal

Under clear blue sky, facing snowcapped towering mountains and enjoying the majestic view of the highest lake in the world, Lake Tilicho (4,919 meters) is[...]

Calculating oxygen capacity of cylinder and it’s lifespan

Supplementing oxygen through the oxygen cylinder either to thrive in extreme altitudes (>8,000 meters) to ascent peak or to treat hypoxia related illnesses is a[...]

Diarrhea in Travelers

What is Travelers’ diarrhea?It is the gastrointestinal infection occurring in the travelers within 10 days of travel as a result ofvirus, bacteria or parasites. It[...]

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