Dr. Binay Shah, Co-Founder and President
Dr. Binay Shah knew exactly what he wanted to do as a child growing up in Nepal, where he saw the suffering of others take a terrible toll on his homeland. Led by a 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,” Dr. Shah said. “Being a doctor, health and education is the best way for me to help people.” Dr. Shah founded Binaytara Foundation to promote health and education. Dr. Shah is a hematologist and oncologist at Peace Health United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. His clinical research focuses 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 at 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 B.P. Koirala Institute of health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. He completed Internal Medicine residency from Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn and Hematology Oncology fellowship from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Shah is on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Tara Shah, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Tara Shah grew up in Nepal and came to the United States in March 2005 after marrying the love of her life, Dr. Binay Shah. She has worked as a registered nurse in various settings in Nepal and 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. Proceeds from the sale of her books are donated to the Binaytara Foundation’s cancer projects. Find Tara’s books on Amazon. Tara is on LinkedIn.
Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, Board Member
Dr. Timothy B. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., 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 in Cambridge, Mass., 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. 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. 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 the University of Michigan and obtained a bachelor of arts in Middle Eastern studies. He then attended medical school at Wayne State University followed by residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology and oncology at University of Illinois at Chicago. His parents emigrated from India and he was born and raised in Detroit, Mich. 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.
Dr. Derrel Walker, Board Member
Dr. Derrel Walker is the Associate Medical Director of Horizon Home Health and Hospice in Meridian, Idaho, and the Chief Scientific Officer for The Finding Home Foundation in Eagle, Idaho. He has been actively involved with the Binaytara Foundation by participating in ICAHO 2017 and by providing the initial hospice and palliative care training for the Binaytara Foundation’s hospice and palliative care project in India. Dr. Walker in on LinkedIn.
Dr. Bipul Luitel, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Bipul Luitel has been working with the Binaytara Foundation since it was founded in 2007. He supports the foundation’s mission of bringing innovation in healthcare delivery by providing technology to gather, analyze, visualize, and disseminate information as is required in the modern era of web applications and mobile devices. Dr. Luitel holds a PhD in computer engineering with a focus on computational intelligence and data analytics. He is the Co-Founder and CTO of Growthzilla Inc., which provides data-driven growth platforms for salons and spas, yogurt shops and quick-service restaurants. Dr. Luitel is on LinkedIn.
Aaron Weinberg, Development Director
Aaron Weinberg began as development director for the Binaytara Foundation in 2017. His duties include supporting the foundation’s projects through fund development, public relations and marketing. Prior to his current position, Aaron was the senior reporter at the Skagit Valley Herald covering health and business. Weinberg became interested in the Binaytara Foundation after interviewing Dr. Shah for an article in 2016. He was impressed with Dr. Shah’s humanitarian work and wanted to become involved. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 2008 from Western Washington University. An avid outdoorsman, you’ll find Aaron fishing local lakes and hiking mountainous trails in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Alexandria Packard, Outreach Coordinator
Alex began as the Outreach Coordinator for the Binaytara Foundation in 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with a minor in family studies and an emphasis in child development from Boise State University. During her undergraduate studies, she ran BSU’s largest fundraiser, which benefited St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. It was there that she first became interested in working for a nonprofit in the healthcare sector. She then went on to pursue a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Colorado State University’s Global Campus. After moving to Bellingham, she was inspired by the work the Binaytara Foundation does internationally and wanted to become involved. Her duties include organizing fundraising events, outreach, and marketing. In her free time, you’ll find Alex hiking around the PNW with her dog, Rea, or inside reading.
Jessie Dark, Assistant to the Executive Director
Jessie began as the Assistant to the Executive Director for the Binaytara Foundation in 2018. Jessie has made several humanitarian trips overseas with her family, and knows firsthand how little healthcare infrastructure exists in resource-poor communities. She’s excited to continue making a difference in healthcare with the Binaytara Foundation. After graduating from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, she became familiar with the Binaytara Foundation and it’s mission and was eager to get involved. Her duties include event coordination, marketing and logistics management. In her spare time, you’ll find her running, skiing or reading at a local coffee shop.