Professor Kaushal Kishore Tiwari graduated with honours from the Medical Faculty for International Students of Belarusian State Medical University in 2001. He is a founder of the National Society of Cardiology and Pulmonology in Nepal, and was awarded with Government Medal of the Country for achievements in education and health.
He undertook internship and worked in Italy, the UK, Sudan, India, the USA and Austria; wrote more than 30 articles in various international magazines. He is now a Senior Consultant, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon at ADK Hospital in the Maldives.
The other day Professor Tiwari visited our Alma Mater. While talking to Rector, MD, Professor Sergei Rubnikovich, the guest shared his medical background and memories of his student years. When the meeting was over, Kaushal Kishore Tiwari kindly agreed to answer a few questions.
– Mr. Tiwari, why did you choose Minsk State Medical Institute (Belarusian State Medical University) many years ago (in 1995) when you had the opportunity to obtain higher medical education in the world’s most renowned universities?
– I was born and grew up in Nepal. You may say that medicine for my family is a tradition. As they say in Belarus, I am a “dynastic” doctor: my father and grandfather were doctors too and devoted their lives to this profession. So I am a third generation doctor. As I finished school, there was only one state university in Nepal, where only 20 people a year were admitted to the Medical Faculty – 10 of them were on special government contract, whereas over 1.000 people applied for those 10 places. So my family voted on setting me out to study abroad.
Most of my father’s friends studied in Belarus, and they said many nice words about the level of medical education in Belarus, at the very core of which were and still are the principles of Soviet medical school that were considered as ones of the most efficient on the development level. Also, as I like speaking in game, I gained the top of the Everest and saw that the best people live in your country. So, I arrived in Minsk.
– You have a distinguished employment sheet: you took positions not only in major clinics in your home country, but also abroad. How have you managed to achieve such significant success?
– After completing my studies, I practised in Nepal for a while. Then, I entered clinical residency in Belarus. Subsequently, I worked in the UK, later on, returned to Nepal, where I carried out cardiac surgeries. Afterwards I continued as an intern in Italy, where completed the postgraduate training in cardiac and thoracic surgery. Also, I undertook an internship in the USA.
In 2014 I moved to work in Nepal. There, I established the Department and Unit for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery in the biggest private medical university. I occupied the position of the leading cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon in Nepal.
I also practised in the biggest Indian Cardiac Surgery Centre. 2 years ago, I was invited to the only one Unit for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery in the Maldives.
But wherever I worked, I was always proud of being a graduate of Belarusian State Medical University. Frankly speaking, I have never regretted it. I’ve learned a lot there, and not only in the medical field. The knowledge and skills I acquired in BSMU are very useful in life.
They became firm foundation for my further development. As a matter of fact, all I have today is, to a great extent, the effort of the higher education teaching staff and, certainly, the clinical physicians, to whom I will be grateful for scientific matters for the rest of my life. Belarusian State Medical University is one of the best universities for me.
– What else does Belarus mean to you?
– Belarus is the country where live my friends, my family, study my children (besides, Dr.Tiwari’s wife lectures the Russian language at BSMU – author).
Spending too much time abroad, I don’t worry for my family as they feel quite safe in this country.
– In conclusion, please, express your wishes to the university on the eve of its anniversary.
– I wish all the BSMU staff, first of all, good health, and our Alma Mater – development and prosperity. I want other people know about BSMU. This is the university where highly-qualified specialists are prepared at top level. My dream is to see BSMU on the list of the world’s top universities. I’m sure it’s quite achievable thanks to the interest of the administration and the rector.
In early November I will try to carve out time in my tight schedule to visit Minsk and express congratulations to my dear university. Hope to see you soon!
Author: interviewed by Oksana Kurbeko, press-secretary, photos provided by the author
Translation: Tatiana Malkovich