Henry Marsh and a young Nepali neurosurgeon are performing an intraventricular tumour excision at NINAS, Bansbari, Kathmandu, Nepal 2016

Worldclass Neurosugery

Watch some of Nepal's most skilled surgeons perform challenging intraventricular tumour excisions, craniopharyngioma debridements and microvascular decompressions using microscopic surgical techniques.

A tradesman stands in the centre of Kathmandu with hundreds of wooden recorders displayed in an umbrella

Explore Kathmandu

Wander through the streets of Thamel, purchase handcrafted souvenirs from the many tradesman. Try some stone cooked Nepalese dishes down hidden alleys in Ason or refresh with a mango Lassi before exploring Patan Durbar square. 

A beautiful young Nepali girl stands with her elbow in a sling at NINAS' healthcamp Gorkha, Nepal, 2016

Health Camp

Join an incredible team of surgeons, radiologists, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and pharmacists on a yearly health camp to some of Nepal's most remote underserved regions & perform surgery with limited resources.  

A photo of the exterior of Nepal's national institute of neurological and allied sciences. COlourful flowers lay in the foreground

National Institute Neurological & Allied Sciences

There have been huge advances in Nepal's healthcare since 1980, infant mortality rates have reduced from over 200 deaths per 1000 live births to under 40 per 1000 and expenditure has increased exponentially, much of which can be accredited to Professor Devkota during his time as health minister. 

4 years after founding Nepal's first neurosurgical unit at the Bir Hospital in Kathmandu, Professor Upendra Devkota opened Nepal's very own neuroscience institute, which has now celebrated it's 11th anniversary. 

NINAS has a 12 bed intensive care unit, 18 bed semi-icu with 3 paediatric beds,  3 operating theatres equipped for microscopic surgery, 2 high dependancy wards and a 5 bed emergency department complete with emergency helicopter. Alongside Professor Devkota, there are 7 neurosurgeons and 5 registrars who perform 2-3 cases per day and deliver a full academic program to juniors. 

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a sensory overload of colours, sounds & smells sure to leave a lasting impression. Wandering through the backstreets you will find endless vendors displaying marigolds, real yak wool garments, dried spices, rice & chillies and hidden through archways are courtyards where you can sit amongst the locals and enjoy homemade momo & bara cooked. Back out in the functional chaos be amazed by the medieval temples, see people worship in the midst of the rickshaw jammed alleyways or quench your thirst with a mango lassi at Ason roundabout. 

Be sure to visit:

  • Swayambhu & the three golden buddhas at the foot of the hill
  • Patan & Durbar Square
  • Upstairs Jazz in Lazimpat
  • Chick N Falafel Thamel
A Nepali woman is serving legumes and beans to vibrantly dressed customers in the busy streets of Kathmandu

Clinical Activity

During your time at NINAS, you will have the opportunity to observe some of the world's best neurosurgeons perform microvascular decompression, intracranial tumour excision, aneurysm clipping, microdiscectomy & pituitary surgery. You will also have the opportunity to assist & lead procedures, by the end of the placement performing a subdural haematoma evacuation with unscrubbed supervision only.

You will have plenty of practice in lumbar punture and spinal anaesthetic alongside the brilliant anaesthetic team.

The radiologists will talk you through ultrasound techniques & you will learn how to interpret brain CT & MRI scans competently. 

Outpatient clinics will provide the opportunity to talk through complex cases with senior colleagues and you will be able to demonstrate neurological examination skills on patients with interesting pathology.