Dr. Binay Shah, BTF President
Dr. Binay Shah knew exactly what he wanted to do as a child growing up in Nepal. Too often he had seen the suffering of others, which took a terrible toll on his homeland, Nepal. Led by his heart full of compassion, he was determined to do something that could impact lives. “Ever since I was a small child I wanted to help others, which is why Mother Teresa is one of my heroes. Being a doctor, health and education is the best way for me to help people.” he says. Dr. Shah founded Binaytara Foundation to promote health and education. Dr. Binay Shah is a Hematologist and Oncologist at Peace Health United General Hospital in Sedro Wooley, WA. His clinical research focusses on health services and outcomes. Dr. Shah has published a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, British Journal of Hematology, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Acta Oncologica and Annals of Hematology. He has presented a number of research papers in national and international conferences. He served as the president of Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology from 2014-2015. Dr. Shah is also the recipient of the “Sweeny Spirit of Medicine 2016” award presented by his Alma Mater the University of Illinois School of Medicine for his outstanding humanitarian work through the Binaytara Foundation. Dr. Shah received his medical degree from BP Koirala Institute of health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. He completed Internal Medicine residency from Long Island College Hospital, New York and Hematology Oncology fellowship from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Email Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Tara Shah, BTF Co-Founder & Executive Director
Timothy B. Erickson, MD, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT, BTF Board Member
Dr. Yusuf Qamruzzaman, Board Member
Bryli Blankenship, CHES, Assistant to the Executive Director
Bryli joined the BTF in December of 2016. She is local to Bellingham, and has lived in the Pacific Northwest all of her life. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education. Bryli received her Community Health Education Specialist credentials in October of 2015. To Bryli, a Health Educator is “a person who works with a community to conducts research and assess the needs of that community, in order to create sustainable programs. These programs will encourage and support healthy behavior to benefit the people of the community”. She started her health education career as a water safety educator and swim coach. Bryli has always had a passion for working with children and families. She is a very active person; you will likely find her at the pool teaching water aerobics, coloring in the park, or taking a dance class. Bryli looks forward to learning more about global healthcare, and how she can help people on an international scale.