Kelly P. Murphy, MD
Dr. Kelly Murphy is a graduate of Brown University's Program in Medicine and is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. He has worked extensively overseas with cooperative medical education projects in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, and Nepal; and has assisted in the development of another program in Niger (“Sahara Relief”). His focus is on grassroots medical education and rural clinical care programs in the developing world. His work includes national health care reform and medical development projects in Papua New Guinea; as well as current work with a US-Nepali team on blueprints and models for new community health care centers for rural Nepal. For his efforts he was awarded the National Service Medal from the nation of Papua New Guinea in 2007.
Wongchu Sherpa was born and raised in the Chyangba village in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal. He is the founder and managing director of Peak Promotion, an organization specializing in professional mountaineering, trekking, and film, located in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has summitted Mt. Everest and the other tallest peaks in the Himalayas and is President of the Everest Summiteer Organization. With the success of his trekking company, Wongchu has made it his goal to improve living conditions of his home village and surrounding areas. Amongst other things he has built a school, introduced clean drinking water, and installed a hydroelectric plant. Collaborating with the Nepal Medical Project, he is now working to strengthen the poor healthcare infrastructure of the area.
Ang Phula Sherpa
Ang Phula Sherpa comes from Chyangba Village of Solukhumbu District of Nepal and is a senior mountaineering & trekking guide at Peak Promotion. He has lead expeditions and summited Mt. Everest multiple times; as well as many of the world's tallest peaks. He has served as a community liaison for the Nepal Medical Project, leading past treks into Chyangba then facilitating the clinical and educational portions of the program. His deep connection with the community has allowed the Nepal Medical Project to work with local healthcare workers and community health volunteers. Furthermore, his familiarity with local culture and needs has enabled the team to better communicate with villagers and address pertinent medical issues.
Kim graduated from Stanford in 2013 as a Human Biology major with a focus in cross-cultural medicine. She was a member of the inaugural 2013 Nepal team, returned for the 2014 program, and now functions as the program coordinator. She is currently a clinical research assistant at the Stanford School of Medicine, and looks to go on to medical school. Her past experience includes working as a Peer Health Educator in an undergraduate dorm, coordinating a physician-shadowing program, and singing to the elderly as part of a community service music group. The people she has met, the skills she has learned, and the memories she has made through this program keep strong her passion for global, cross-culturally sensitive medicine.
Yvonne is currently a senior Human Biology major at Stanford University with a focus in Global Child Health and Development. After experiencing the medical field through shadowing, research, and a medical program abroad, she aspires to pursue a career in medicine in her near future. Outside of her academic endeavors, she has taught at the Bing Nursery School for the past four years and served as a National Executive Board member for a multicultural sorority on campus. Her favorite elements of traveling to Nepal were the invaluable exposure and learning opportunities in a clinical medical education setting; as well as the lifelong memories and experiences she had with the warm and welcoming people of Nepal.
EMT Training Program Coordinator
Frank, a 2013 graduate of Stanford, has been an instructor in the Stanford EMT Program for the past 3 years; having previously worked as an EMS provider for an ambulance service in rural California. He is currently a TA for the course on Global Humanitarian Medicine at Stanford. His interests include global health and improving pre-hospital medical care. During two prior trips to Nepal, he coordinated a continuing medical education program for the EMTs of the Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS); as well as taught in our program for community health volunteers in the remote Solukhumbu region. He hopes that the efforts of the Nepal Medical Project will result in sustainable improvements in the health care available to the people of Nepal.
Sharon is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford studying Materials Science & Engineering with a focus in Biomaterials. She is interested in the cross-section of engineering and medicine, particularly in how technology can improve healthcare in underdeveloped areas around the world. Having lived in two urban hubs of China, she has seen first-hand how quality of healthcare can lag behind economic development. Sharon is considering attending medical school. As a team member she partook in the 2014 Nepal Medical Project trip and was drawn to the passionate culture of the Sherpa people of Chyangba. She hopes this website can serve as a platform for more people to learn about the project and the people it's serving.