About Dr. Dhruba

Dr. Dhruba Shrestha is a senior pediatrician who is a well-known figure in pediatrics sector in Nepal.

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Dr. Dhruba Shrestha is a senior pediatrician in Nepal, known for his expertise in Pediatric Medicine, Critical Care, Pediatric/Fetal Echocardiography, and Pediatric Nutrition. He currently serves as the Senior Consultant and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at Siddhi Memorial Hospital in Bhaktapur, Nepal. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he also oversees the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the hospital, which is renowned as one of the best in Nepal.

Dr. Dhruba Shrestha has made significant contributions to maternal and child health through his services and research endeavors. He has conducted numerous studies and collaborated with prestigious international institutions. His research work has focused on various aspects of pediatrics, with a particular interest in critical care and pediatric echocardiography.

Dr. Shrestha obtained his MBBS degree from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, in 2008. He further pursued a specialization in Pediatrics, completing his MD from the National Academy of Medical Sciences (Kanti Children’s Hospital) in 2013. Recognizing the importance of nutrition in pediatric care, he pursued a Post-Graduation in Pediatric Nutrition (PGPN) from the Boston University School of Medicine, USA, in 2015. This additional training allows him to address cases involving feeding difficulties, obesity, and malnutrition in children.

To expand his expertise in echocardiography, Dr. Shrestha completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Echocardiography from JROP Institute of Echocardiography and Vascular Doppler in New Delhi, India, in 2020. He is proficient in performing echocardiography for adults, neonates, pediatrics, and fetal cases. His specialization in pediatric echocardiography makes him one of the few experts in this field in Nepal.

Furthermore, Dr. Shrestha has received training in Tropical Medicine from Nagasaki University, Japan. He actively participates in teaching tropical medicine to students pursuing the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH) at the university.

Dr. Shrestha’s extensive qualifications, experience, and expertise in the field of pediatrics, critical care, pediatric/Fetal echocardiography, and nutrition make him a respected figure in the medical community in Nepal. His dedication to improving maternal and child health, as well as his involvement in research and teaching, demonstrates his commitment to advancing the field of pediatrics in his country.



Throughout his professional career, Dr. Dhruba Shrestha has continued to study and conduct research on many topics. Being a pediatrician, Dr. Dhruba has focused mainly on research for child health and maternal health. But he has conducted research on various other topics as well.

He has published numerous research articles in various Reputed National and International journals. Below is a list of reports and articles that Dr, Dhruba Shrestha has published till date.

Nepal Paediatric Society guideline for use of antibiotics in critically ill children in the Pediatric Intensive care Unit.

Journal: Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society
Dhruba Shrestha, Puja Amatya, Arun Sharma, Shrijana Shrestha, Yograj Sharma, Santosh  Pathak, Prakash Jyoti Pokhrel, Nipun Shrestha, Santosh Pokhrel, Srijana Dongol, Ganendra Bhakta Raya, Amrit Ghimire, Janak Koirala, Sangita Basnet

Published date: 3rd April 2022

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3126/jnps.v41i3.35051

Nepal Paediatric Society guideline for management of sepsis and septic shock in the paediatric intensive care unit  

Journal: Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society                                     Sangita Basnet, Dhruba Shrestha, Puja Amatya, Arun Sharma, Binod Lal, Bajracharya, Anil Shrestha, Sudeep Shrestha, Pramila Rajchal, Raju Kafle, Devendra Shrestha, Sangeeta Puri, Anwesh Bhatta, Om Krishna Pathak and Shrijana Shrestha

Published date: April 2021

DOI: 10.3126/jnps.v41i1.35075

Changes in nutritional status of children who lived in temporary shelters in Bhaktapur municipality after the 2015 Nepal earthquake

Journal: Tropical Medicine and Health
Bhim Gopal Dhoubhadel, Ganendra Bhakta Raya, Dhruba Shrestha , Raj Kumar Shrestha, Yogendra Dhungel, Motoi Suzuki , Michio Yasunami, Chris Smith, Koya Ariyoshi and Christopher M. Parry.

Published date: June 2020, Vol: 48 Issue:53

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s41182-020-00225-8

PMID: 32607058

Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and their babies in
Bhaktapur, Nepal

Journal: BMC Nutrition
Dhruba Shrestha, Saraswati Budhathoki, Sabi Pokhrel, Ashok Kumar Sah, Raj Kumar Shrestha, Ganendra Bhakta Raya, Reena Shrestha, Rasila Pasakhala, Christopher Smith, Bhim Gopal Dhoubhadel

Published date: 29/05/2019

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-019-0294-7

Comparison of Oral Versus Normal and High Dose Rectal Paracetamol in the Treatment of Fever in Children

Journal: Journal of Nepal Pediatric Society
Bastola RC, Shrestha SK, Bastola BS, Shrestha D, Sharma YR
Published date: September – December 2017, Vol:37, Issue:3

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jnps.v37i3.18882

Radiographically Confirmed Community Acquired Pneumonia in Pediatric Patients Prior to Pneumococcal Vaccination in Nepal

Journal: Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Dhruba Shrestha, Dybesh Regmi, Ganendra Raya, Amar Prajapati, Suruchi Dhaubhadel, Sushmita Puri
Published date: September 7th , 2017

DOI: https://doi.org/ 10.1055/s-0037-1607266

Predicting Deaths in a Resource-limited Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Nepal

Journal: Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Dhruba Shrestha, Bhim G Dhoubhadel, Christopher M Parry, Bina Prajapati, Koya Ariyoshi, Chandeshwar Mahaseth
Published date: September 28th , 2017


PMID: 29029328

High Blood Levels of Lead in Children Aged 6-36 months in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: A Cross Sectional Study of Associated Factors

Journal: PLOS One
Meghnath Dhimal*, Khem Bahadur Karki, Krishna Kumar Aryal, Bimala Dhimal, Hari Datt Joshi, Sajan Puri, Achyut Raj Pandey, Purushotam Dhakal, Arun Kumar Sharma, Dhruba Shrestha, Ganendra Bhakta Raya, Imran Ansari4, David A. Groneberg, Ruth
MuÈ ller, Ulrich Kuch
Published: June 17, 2017

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179233

PMID: 28957434

Nepal Paediatric Society guideline for safe transport of Critically Ill Children in Nepal

Journal: Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society

Puja Amatya, Dhruba Shrestha, Suchita Joshi, Arun Sharma, Shrijana Shrestha and Sangita Basnet

Published date: May-Aug 2021, Vol 41 Issue 2

DOI: 10.3126/jnps.v41i2.35055

Ambient 2.5 and daily hospital admissions for Acute respiratory infections: Effect modification by weight status of child.

Journal: Atmosphere

Hironori Nishikawa, Chris Fook Sheng Ng, Lina Madaniyazi, Xerxes Tesoro Seposo, Bhim Gopal Dhoubhadel , Dhiraj Pokhrel, Amod K. Pokhrel, Sharat Chandra Verma, Dhruba Shrestha, Ganendra Bhakta Raya, Masahiro Hashizume

Published: 5th August, 2021

https://doi.org/10.3390/ atmos12081009

Risk factors of wasting among hospitalized children in Nepal.

Journal: Tropical Medicine and Health

Aiko Inoue, Bhim Gopal Dhoubhadel, Dhruba Shrestha, Ganendra Bhakta Raya, Yumiko Hayashi, Sudeep Shrestha, Tansy Edwards, Christopher Martin Parry, Koya Ariyoshi and Sharon Elizabeth Cox

Published date:16 September 2022, Vol: 50, Issue: 68


Mothers of young children in Nepal prefer Poshan Nanglo (Nutrition Tray) for Nutrition social behaviour change commmunication.

Journal: World Nutrition

Sophiya Uprety, Anjita Khadka, Dhruba Shrestha

Published: 2022;13(3):12-18


Nutritional Status and Practices among Urban Children: A Hospital-based Cross-sectional Study

Journal: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council

Sophiya Uprety, Anjita Khadka, Alina Paudyal, Dhruba Shrestha

Published date: 2022 Apr-Jun;20(55): 331-8

DOI: 10.33314/jnhrc.v20i02.3926

Characteristics of Pregnant Women and Risk Factors of Their Newborn for Admission to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Nepal

Journal: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council

Sabi Pokhrel, Dhruba Shrestha, Raj Kumar Shrestha, Saraswati Budhathoki, Ashok Kumar Sah, Pramila Parajuli, Ganendra Bhakta Raya, Konosuke Morimoto, Bhim Gopal Dhoubhadel

Published:2022 Apr-Jun;20(55): 289-95

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33314/jnhrc.v20i02.3824

Nepal Paediatric Society(NEPAS) Immunization Guidebook and Recommendations 2018 – Book Chapter

As author of chapter on Cholera vaccine

Case Reports

Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection Presenting as Pneumonia with Respiratory Distress and Thrombocytopenia

Journal: American Journal Of Pediatrics

Nipun Shrestha, Bhabuk Sharma Majagaiya, Dhruba Shrestha

Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2019, Pages: 230-233

Received: Aug. 12, 2019; Accepted: Sep. 6, 2019;

Published: Oct. 23, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajp.20190504.21

Bone Tuberculosis: Rare Condition Among Infants

Journal: Journal of Nepal Paediatric society

Ramchandra Bastola, Neelam Adhikari, Dhruba Shrestha, Bhawana Sigdel and Shree Krishna Shrestha

Published: May to Aug 2019, Vol 39, Isuue 2
DOI: 10.3126/jnps.v39i1.23669

Salmonella Sepsis presenting as Early Onset Neonatal Sepsis

Journal: Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society
Nipun Shrestha, Dhruba Shrestha
Published date: 19 th November 2018
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jnps.v.38i1.20052

A 14-year-old girl presenting with Tuberculous Intestinal Perforation while in a
temporary shelter after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Journal: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Dhruba Shrestha, Manoj Krishna Shrestha, Ganendra Bhakta Raya, Anuj Bhattachan, Kentaro Hayashi, Koya Ariyoshi, Christopher M. Parry & Bhim Gopal Dhoubhadel
Received 16 Apr 2016, Accepted 22 Sep 2016, Published online: 25 Jan 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20469047.2016.1265233
PMID: 28121264

Field Report

Vaccination Campaign Against Typhoid In Temporary Shelters After 2015 Earthquake In Bhaktapur, Nepal

International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering,
Volume 7 (2017), Issue 1
B.G. Dhoubhadel, C.M. Parry, M. Suzuki, G.B. Raya, D. Shrestha & K. Ariyoshi
DOI: 10.2495/SAFE-V7-N1-65-71

Training and Workshops

Dr. Dhruba Shrestha has participated in numerous training and workshops on topics like pediatric echocardiography, pediatric critical care, disaster management etc. He has been involved in many training programs as an instructor as well.


Fetal Echocardiography Training 01/10/2021 – 03/31/2023

Comprehensive training for identification of Fetal Heart anomaly


Childhood Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Management 20/09/2021 – 22/09/2021

Training was organized by Ministry of Health and Population and Save the children.


Current Updates on Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (02/05/2019 – 03/05/2019)

Dr.Dhruba Shrestha participated in the training organized by Nestle Nutrition Institute in National University Hospital, Singapore.



Managing Children in Disasters (31/03/2018)

The workshop was a one day program and Training of trainers. It was organized by the Nepal Paediatric Society and was supported by the American Academy of Paediatrics, through the NCD Child grant.


Current Updates on Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (02/05/2019 – 03/05/2019)

Dr.Dhruba Shrestha participated in the training organized by Nestle Nutrition Institute in National University Hospital, Singapore.



Critical Care training for health care workers for management of COVID -19 (02/06/2021 – 03/06/2021)

Training organized by Ministry of Health, WHO and NMA for the health care workers of Nepal


Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) Course (20/6/2016 – 21/6/2016)

Dr. Dhruba Shrestha is one of the Instructors for the course from Nepal.The training was organized by NEPAS in association with the America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF). It is an internationally acclaimed training course on pediatric critical care recognized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, USA.


Short Course on Data Analysis using STATA (04/03/2018 – 17/03/2018)

The course was designed as a basic starter training on STATA software for those who are working on their research.


Dr. Dhruba has attended and given presentations in several conferences held nationally and internationally.

  • 26th International Conference on Pediatrics, Neonatology and Primary care, London, UK.

    (21/11/2022 – 22/11/2022)

    Attended as a moderator and speaker, Presented research paper on ” Nutritional Status and Practices among Urban Children: A Hospital-based Cross-sectional Study.

  • National Conference of Pediatric Critical Care (8/11/2014 – 9/11/2014)

    Dr. Dhruba Shrestha attended the 16th National Critical Care Conference organized by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics – Intensive Care Chapter in New Delhi.


  • Nepalese Congress of Pediatrics (NEPCON)

    Dr. Dhruba Shrestha has attended the NEPCON conference four times. He has given paper presentation on various topics during his participation in the conference,

    Conference dates-
    16 th – 22/3/2012 – 24/3/ 2012
    17 th – 22/3/ 2014 – 24/3/2014
    18 th – 16/6/2016 – 18/6/2016
    19 th – 23/6/2018 – 25/6/2018                                                                         20th – 11/05/2023 – 13/05/2023

  • Dr. Dhruba gave a free Paper Presentation in the 17th conference on “Score for Neonatal Acute Physiology (SNAP–II and SNAP II Perinatal extension) for predicting outcome in a NICU.”

    Dr. Dhruba gave a free Paper Presentation in the 18th conference on “Lobar Pneumonia – laboratory parameters, X-ray changes and response to therapy in pre-vaccination time in

    Dr. Dhruba Shrestha presented a paper in NEPAS research Session in the 19 th conference on “Assessment of Serum vitamin D level in pregnant women and their babies in Bhaktapur, Nepal.”                   

    Dr. Dhruba Shrestha presented a research paper in NEPCON in the 20th conference on Ambient PM2.5 and Daily Hospital Admissions for Acute Respiratory Infections: Effect Modification by Weight Status of Child.” and delivered talk on “Can fetal Echocardiography prove to be game changer in the field of pediatric cardiovascular Medicine?”

  • International Conference on HIV/AIDS in Nepal (3/9/2010 – 4/9/2010)

    Dr. Dhruba Shrestha attended the “International Conference on HIV/AIDS in Nepal” which was organized by the Department of Microbiology, Manipal College of Medical Sciences,Pokhara, in association with International AIDS Conference – 2010, Vienna, Austria.

Contact Information

OPD: Everyday 6 pm onwards

Pediatric and Fetal Echocardiography: Everyday 6pm onwards


Call: 6613100, 6615422, 9823420045
Dr. Dhruba's Newborn and Child Clinic, Bhaktapur Health Concern Pvt. LTD, Sallaghari,Bhaktapur
Email: info@drdhrubashrestha.com.np

OPD: Regular- Mon, Wed, Fri (11 AM to 12PM)

EHS: Everyday after 10 am on request

Pediatric and Fetal  Echocardiography: Sun, Tue and Thr (12 PM – 2 PM)


Call: 6612945, 6610570, 9851157020
Siddhi Memorial Hospital
Email: info@drdhrubashrestha.com.np