Assistant Professor Bhim Gopal Dhoubhadel

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Clinical Tropical Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Masters ProgrammeDoctoral Programme



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I received my medical degree from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Nepal in 2005 and then worked for three years in paediatric hospitals in Nepal followed by one year in a refugee camp for Somali and Ethiopian refugees under UNHCR in Djibouti. Between 2010-11, I completed the Master of Tropical Medicine (MTM) programme in the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University and then a PhD in the Department of Clinical Medicine of the same institute between 2011 and 2014. In 2014, I was a Fellow of the Global (Health) Leadership Program at the University of Tokyo and completed an internship at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. My research interests are infectious diseases, child health and development of new diagnostic assays. In 2014, we established a new diagnostic assay for serotyping the pneumococcus (a major cause of pneumonia). The assay can identify vaccine serotypes easily and conveniently at a relatively low cost and has been applied in studies in Japan, Vietnam and Afghanistan.


At TMGH, I teach master students about essential skills and tropical medicine (clinical bacteriology and molecular diagnostic technique), and organize and facilitate clinical case discussion between the students and doctors in San Lazaro Hospital (Philippians), Bach Mai Hospital (Vietnam) and National Center for Global Health and Medicine (Japan).

Previously I taught advanced paediatric life support (APLS) course to junior medical doctors in Siddhartha Children and Women Hospital, Nepal and child health and management of malnutrition to medical and nursing staffs in Djibouti.


I have studied the distribution of pneumococcal serotypes in hospital admitted children and adults in Japan, Vietnam and Afghanistan with a particular focus on the estimation of pneumococcal vaccine coverage.

After I participated in relief efforts following the earthquake in 2015 in Nepal, we are developing a research collaboration with Siddhi Memorial Hospital, Bhaktapur (http://smf.org.np). The focus is on childhood infectious diseases and malnutrition. We are supporting hospital disease surveillance and have conducted nutritional assessments of children who were displaced by the earthquake and living under temporary shelters.

At TMGH, we are establishing new diagnostic assays for typhoid fever based on real-time PCR and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP). We plan to evaluate these assays in Nepal and other field sites.

Picture1:Disease surveillance in Siddhi Memorial Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal.

Picture 2: Nutritional assessment of children in temporary shelters in Bhaktapur after 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

The country/countries where you work currently

  • Japan
  • Nepal
  • Afghanistan

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Kakiuchi S, Suzuki M, Dhoubhadel BG, Furumoto A, Ito H, Kei Matsuki, Tsuchihashi Y, Asoh N, Yasunami M, Ariyoshi K, Morimoto K, Adult Pneumonia Study Group-Japan (2018). Accuracy of high-throughput nanofluidic PCR-based pneumococcal serotyping and quantification assays using sputum samples for diagnosing vaccine serotype pneumococcal pneumonia: analyses by composite diagnostic standards and Bayesian latent class models, J Clin Microbiol.
  2. Shrestha D, Dhoubhadel BG, Parry CM, Prajapati B, Ariyoshi K, Mahaseth C (2017). Predicting deaths in a resource-limited neonatal intensive care unit in Nepal, Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg.
  3. Zabihullah R, Dhoubhadel BG, Rauf RA, Shafiq SA, Suzuki M, Watanabe K, Yoshida LM, Yasunami M, Zabihullah S, Parry CM, Mirwais R, Ariyoshi K (2017). Risk for death among children with pneumonia, Afghanistan, Emerg Infect Dis.
  4. Suzuki M, Dhoubhadel BG, Ishifuji T, Yasunami M, Yaegashi M, Asoh N, Ishida M, Hamaguchi S, Aoshima M, Ariyoshi K, Morimoto K; Adult Pneumonia Study Group-Japan (APSG-J) (2016). Serotype-specific effectiveness of the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine against pneumococcal pneumonia among adults aged ≥65 years: a multicenter prospective test-negative design study, Lancet Infect Dis.
  5. Dhoubhadel BG, Yasunami M, Nguyen HA, Suzuki M, Vu TH, Thi Thuy Nguyen A, Dang DA, Yoshida LM, Ariyoshi K (2014) Bacterial Load of Pneumococcal Serotypes Correlates with Their Prevalence and Multiple Serotypes is Associated with Acute Respiratory Infections, PLoS One.

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Clinical infectious diseases, child health and vaccination are some of the inter-related exciting fields of global health.
We have been working in these areas and found that there are lots to discover, learn and contribute on these topics globally.
We hope you will find them interesting and contribute while you study here at TMGH. Welcome!