Damber Nirola

Things I did so far....

Curriculum vitae

 

Bio data:

Name:                                      Damber Kumar Nirola, MBBS, M. Phil (Psychiatry)

Sex:                                          Male

Date of birth:                            3rd May 1961

Marital status:                           Married and have two children

Profession:                                Psychiatrist

Nationality:                               Bhutanese

 

Contact address:

Department of Psychiatry,

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital,

Thimphu, Bhutan.

Telephone:        +975 2 335226(home)

Mobile:             +975 17162261

Fax:                  +975 2 325384

Email:              drnirola@yahoo.com, drnirola@gmail.com

 

Qualification:

  • M. Phil (Psychiatry) – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, 2006.
  • MBBS – Armed Forces Medical College, University of Poona, India 1987.
  • Associate Fellow in Industrial Health, Centre for Occupational Health, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi [Dec 2011-Feb 2012]
  • The Colombo Plan International Centre for Credentialing and Education Addiction Professionals, International Certified Addiction Professional-I (ICAP-I) [Nov 2013]

 

Present appointments:

  •  Head, Department of Psychiatry, JDWNR Hospital, Thimphu Bhutan
  • Technical Advisor to Mental Health Program, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Thimphu Bhutan
  • Member of Management Board, Post Graduate Medical Education Centre, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan [KGUMSB]
  • Professor of Psychiatry, KGUMSB
  • Member of The Executive Board, Bhutan Medical and Health Council
  • Member of the Professional Ethic Committee, Bhutan Medical and Health Council
  • Member of Registration Committee, Bhutan Medical and Health Council
  • Global trainer, The Colombo Plan International Centre for Credentialing and education of Addiction Professionals.
  • Member of the Treatment Assessment Panel, Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency, Thimphu Bhutan
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Chithuen Phendey Association, Thimphu Bhutan
  • Chairperson, Medical Board of Doctors, JDWNRH, Thimphu

 Summary of professional experiences and skills

  •  Management of Clinical department in a Tertiary level hospital [JDWNRH] in Bhutan
  • More than 10 years’ experience in clinical psychiatry in Bangladesh and Bhutan. Ability to clinically assess all types of psychiatric cases including drugs and alcohol dependence, formulate diagnosis and manage independently.
  • Ten years’ experience as District Medical Officer in two Districts of Bhutan, carrying out both clinical and public health activities.
  • More than 8 years of teaching experiences in mental health and general medicine.
  • Advanced knowledge of computer usage including word-processing, excel, access data management, Internet browsing, Medline and other web based searches and email correspondence.

 Areas of interests

  • Provide training and teach Medical students, Doctors and health workers subjects related to Psychiatry and Addiction medicine
  • Management of drug and alcohol addiction and counselling.

Work history:

2013-till date: Head of Department of Psychiatry, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Thimphu Bhutan

2006-2013: Psychiatrist, Department of   Psychiatry, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan. Responsibilities include: clinical assessment, formulation and management (including counseling) of psychiatric, drugs and alcohol abuse patients. Conduct trainings for health worker on mental health, counseling and psychological treatment. Teach health workers at Royal Institute of Health Sciences as guest lecturer, Royal University of Bhutan.  

2003-2006: Three years of clinical training in Comprehensive psychiatry, clinical psychology and Neurology at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2002-2003: One year clinical training in General Psychiatry at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Thimphu Bhutan.

1997-2001: District Medical Officer, District Hospital, Trongsa Bhutan.

Responsibilities: Clinical assessment, formulation and management of all types of cases including attending to medical emergencies within and outside hospitals, Day to day administration and management of health staff at the health centers. district level, Planning and budget allocation for health sector at district level Training and supervision of primary health care workers within the hospital settings as well as in the basic health units and dispensaries, Execution of all public health projects including IEC on health matters in the community.

1991-1996: District Medical Officer, District Hospital, Punakha Bhutan.

Responsibilities: Clinical assessment, formulation and management of all types of cases including attending to medical emergencies within and outside hospitals, Day to day administration and management of health staff at the health centers. district level, Planning and budget allocation for health sector at district level Training and supervision of primary health care workers within the hospital settings as well as in the basic health units and dispensaries, Execution of all public health projects including IEC on health matters in the community.

1989–1990: Medical Officer in Thimphu General Hospital, Kalikhola Basic Health  Unit Grade 1 and Gelephu General Hospital in Sarpang District, Bhutan.

Responsibilities: Clinical assessment, formulation and management of all types of cases including attending to medical emergencies within and outside hospitals,

 

Research & Publications

 

1.     D.K. Nirola, G. Tshering, J. Brodie, M.K. Huntington, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2006-01 - 2006-03) The Impact of Community-oriented Primary Care in Trongsa Dzongkhag, Kingdom of Bhutan, Indian Journal of Community Medicine:

2.     Psychiatric Morbidity in Chronic Pain due to organic causes: Thesis for M. Phil degree, Jan 2006.

3.     Commentary: Where psychiatrists are scarce: Bhutan, Asia-Pacific Psychiatry ISSN 1758-5864, Vol 2, Issue 3, 2010.

4.     Md Harun Ar Rashid, Muhammad SI Mullick, Md Qamrul Hassan Jaigirdar, Rubaiya Ali, Damber Kumar Nirola, MA Salam, Mohammad Shamsul Ahsan: Psychiatric Morbidity in Psoriasis and Vitiligo in Two Tertiary Hospitals in Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Journal, Vol 4, No 2 (2011)

5.     Ayesha Naveed and Damber Kumar Nirola: Mental health in Bhutan, International Psychiatry     Volume 9     Number 1     February 2012.

6.     Erica D. McKenzie, Damber K. Nirola, Sonam Deki, Lhab Tshering, Bryan Patenaude, Sarah J. Clark, Sydney S. Cash, Ronald Thibert, Rodrigo Zepeda, Edward C.W. Leung, Alice D. Lam, Andrew S.P. Lim, Jo Mantia, JosephCohen, Adrew J. Cole, Farrah J.Mateen: Medication prescribing and patient-reported outcome measures in people with epilepsy in Bhutan, Epilepsy & Behavior 59 (2016) 122-127

7.     Kate Brizzi, Sonam Deki, Lhab Tshering, Sarah J. Clark, Damber K. Nirola, Bryan N. Patenaude, Erica D. McKenzie, Hannah C. McLane, Sydney S. Cash, Chencho Dorji and Farrah J. Mateen: Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding epilepsy in the Kingdom of Bhutan, International Health (2016) 8 (4): 286-291 first published online May 8, 2016

8.     Altaf Saadi, Bryan Patenaude, Damber Kumar Nirola, Sonam Deki, Lhab Tshering, Sarah Clark, Lance Shaull, Tali Sorets, Guenther Fink, Farrah Mateen: Quality of life in epilepsy in Bhutan, Seizure 39 (2016) 44–48

9.     Damber K. Nirola, Judith C. Durham, and Kurt L. Kraus: Balancing traditional beliefs and medical science: mental health care in Bhutan, Bhutan Health Journal, Vol 1, Issue 1, Nov 2015, p66-68.

10.  Co-editor, Mental Health Manual 2010, Published by Mental Health program, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Thimphu Bhutan.

11.  Contributed article titled “Ill-effects of Alcohol” in a book ‘A CRY OF THE HEART’…Collection of heartfelt stories on addiction compiled by Wangchuk, Edited by Carol McQuire, Ben Jeffers, Ali Lake, Jason Hopper and Mansoor Fassihi (2011).

12.  Co-editor of National Guideline for Treatment of HIV/AIDS for Adults (2012), published by Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Thimphu Bhutan.

13.  Working Group Member for development of National Adolescent Health Strategy document (2013-2018) published by Adolescent Health Program, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Thimphu Bhutan.

14.  Co-editor, Standard Treatment and Counselling Guidelines for Alcohol and Drug Dependence, 2015 published by the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Thimphu Bhutan.

Special achievements:

1.     Award of commendation for designing a logo for Water and Sanitation Program, Ministry of Health, Bhutan.

2.     College Blues in Hobbies at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India.

Hobbies:

Painting, art works, graphic designing, and photography