Dr. Binay Shah, BFT 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 received his medical degree from BP Koirala Institute of health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. He completed Internal Medicine residency from Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn and Hematology Oncology fellowship from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Tara Shah, BTF Co-Founder & Executive Director
Tara Shah grew up in Nepal and came to the United States in March 2005 after marrying the love of her life, Binay Shah, who is the co-founder of this organization. Tara has worked as a registered nurse in various settings both in Nepal and in the United States. She loves art, history, and culture. She is very fascinated by the space above us; galaxies, stars, solar systems, and everything that lies in the open sky.
Tara is also a licensed real estate broker and is involved in real estate business. Besides her involvement in business and non-profit work, Tara enjoys writing about various topics. She has published several articles in national and international journals, newspapers, and magazines. Tara has also authored three books which are currently available for purchase on Amazon, Apple’s iBooks store, Barnes & Noble, and Google play book store. She plans to donate the proceeds from the sale of her books to the BTF’s cancer projects. Find Tara’s books on Amazon.
Timothy B. Erickson, MD, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT, BTF Board Member
Dr. Timothy B. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, USA where he serves as the Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also a teaching faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Erickson is also a core faculty member at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) in Cambridge, MA with expertise in environmental toxicology and crisis in climate change. He has active humanitarian health projects in Nepal and India as well as in conflict regions of Ukraine and Syria.
Dr. Erickson earned his M.D. degree from The Chicago Medical School in 1986. He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Illinois and his medical toxicology fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Erickson is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Medical Toxicology, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the prestigious National Geographic Explorers Club.
Previously, Dr. Erickson served as the Director for the UIC Center for Global Health and Full Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Erickson also served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Graduate Medical Education, and Continuing Medical Education at the UIC College of Medicine. He was an Acting and Interim Head in the Department of Emergency Medicine and has held other multifaceted appointments ranging from EM Residency Program Director to Chief of Medical Toxicology.
Dr. Erickson has been a member of multiple editorial boards and has an active academic history including publishing over 120 original journal articles and book chapters as well as editing 4 major textbooks. He has presented over 100 national and international invited lectures related to emergency medicine, toxicology, humanitarian global health, and wilderness/expedition medicine.
Dr. Erickson’s federal grant funding includes HRSA sponsored grants related to global preparedness and bioterrorism and a Medtronic foundation grant addressing acute cardiovascular disease in India. He has extensive international experience in Africa (Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya), Asia (India, Vietnam, Nepal), South America (Brazil, Peru, Argentina), Europe (Kosovo, Ukraine, France) and Antarctica.
Dr. Damiano Rondelli, Scientific Advisory Committee Chair & Board Member
Dr. Damiano Rondelli is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Stem Cell Transplant Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His clinical research focuses on allogeneic stem cell transplantation. In particular, his interest has been on the use of i.v. busulfan in transplant conditioning regimens, stem cell transplantation in myelofibrosis and identification of biomarkers of acute and chronic GVHD by flow cytometry. His laboratory focuses on in-vitro and in-vivo models of T cell alloreactivity against hematopoietic stem cells and translational strategies to overcome it.
Dr. Rondelli serves as a member of the International Myeloproliferative Disorders Research Consortium (MPD-RC), funded by an NCI PO1 grant (PI Ronald Hoffman, MD) where he chairs a study using a reduced intensity conditioning regimen in allogeneic stem cell transplantation for patients with myelofibrosis.
Dr. Rondelli has published over 90 full-papers in international peer-reviewed journals including Blood, Leukemia, Biology Blood Marrow Transplantation, and is a co-author of an Italian Hematology textbook. “Lezioni di Ematologia” by Sante Tura et al, Esculapio Bologna, 2003. He is a reviewer of many esteemed journals including Blood, Cancer research, American Journal of Transplantation, etc.
Dr. Rondelli received his medical degree with honors from the University of Bologna, Italy. After completing School of specialization in hematology at the University of Bologna, he worked as research associate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA where he started his studies on the antigen presenting function of CD34+ hematopoetic stem cells.
Dr. Yusuf Qamruzzaman, Board Member
Dr. Yusuf Qamruzzaman currently works as an attending physician in Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn Michigan. Dr. Qamruzzaman attended college at University of Michigan and obtained a bachelors of arts majoring in Middle Eastern Studies. He then attended medical school at Wayne State University followed by residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at University of Illinois at Chicago. His parents emigrated from India and was born and raised in Detroit, MI. His family has been extensively involved in social and humanitarian work in India. He currently resides in the Detroit metro area with his wife and three children.
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.
Tricia Reynolds, RN, APN
Tricia Reynolds, RN, APN joined the Binaytara Foundation’s Nepal home hospice program development team in August 2015. Born and raised in the pacific northwest, Tricia and her husband of 30 years, Adam, live in Boise Idaho with their two teenage children and many international exchange students with whom they have shared their home and their heart.
Tricia has several years of experience in various fields of nursing. She discovered her passion in home hospice and found fulfillment as a hospice nurse case manager, in helping people stay at home to die, where they are known, and respected as individuals. She is very passionate about making the lives of terminally ill patents and their families better. She believes, “empowering families to be able to give this final gift to their loved ones is incredible and that dying is the great equalizer; we all have similar needs and struggles, no matter our ethnicity, religious beliefs, education, or economic situation.”
Tricia will be traveling to Nepal at the end of November to train the home hospice team. She is excited to share her passion and knowledge about home hospice with the nurses in Kathmandu, and to learn from them about their people, health care, and culture. Working together we can develop a program to help patients with cancer be comfortable and receive care in their own homes.