Acharya to receive Burbridge Award for public service work
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Third-year resident Bibhav Acharya, MD, has been selected to receive the 2014 Thomas N. Burbridge Public Service Award by the UCSF Chancellor Award for Public Service Selection Committee. Named in honor of former UCSF pharmacologist and champion of social justice Thomas N. Burbridge, PhD, the award honors UCSF staff, faculty, and trainees for involvement in public service activities that specifically promote and bring about equal education and employment opportunities, civil rights, and social justice.
For the last 7 years, Acharya has served various leadership roles with Possible Health (formerly Nyaya Health), a non-profit organization that provides health services in rural Nepal. As a member of the group's Board of Directors and Executive Team, he helped raise over $1 million and founded a 20-bed general hospital in Achham, a remote district in Nepal. The hospital now employs more than 60 staff members and provides services for a population of 250,000, none of whom previously had access to a physician. Since 2013, he has served as a member of Possible Health's Board of Advisors and manages a group of US-based volunteer psychiatrists who provide remote assistance to primary care providers in Nepal.