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    Bibhav Acharya, MD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address401 Parnassus Ave, LangPorter
    San Francisco CA 94143
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      UCSFResidencyDepartment of Psychiatry
      UCSFCertificate Program in Implementation ScienceDepartment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
      Yale UniversityM.D.School of Medicine
      Haverford CollegeB.S.Chemistry
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      UCSF Department of Psychiatry2015Academic Scholarship Award
      UCSF Chancellor’s Office2014Thomas N. Burbridge Award for Public Service
      UCSF Department of Psychiatry2014Medical Student Teaching Award
      UCSF Department of Psychiatry2013Medical Student Teaching Award
      American Psychiatric Association2013 - 2015American Psychiatric Leadership Fellow
      Arnold P. Gold Foundation2011Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
      Haverford College 2011Young Alumni Award for Excellence in Leadership
      Howard Hughes Medical Institute2006Howard Hughes Science and Society Scholar
      Starr Foundation2002 - 2006Starr Scholar

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      Bibhav Acharya (bee-vub aa-char-yuh) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco. His research focuses on developing and testing healthcare delivery systems that expand access to mental health care while maintaining quality in low-resource settings. He is studying adaptation and implementation of collaborative mental health care model where mental health services are provided by non-specialists (primary care providers and other clinicians) under training and support from mental health specialists.

      He is the founding Director of UCSF Psychiatry HEAL fellowship in global mental health (, which trains psychiatrists as leaders in clinical practice, capacity building, health systems-strengthening and health services research in low-resource settings in the United States (Navajo Nation) and abroad (rural Nepal).

      He is the co-founder and mental health advisor of Possible (, a non-profit organization that has been providing health services in rural Nepal since 2008 in partnership with the Nepali Government. The health system employs over 200 staff members and sees over 500 patients a day in Achham, a remote district in Nepal where the nearest psychiatrist and airport are 12 hours away, and in Dolakha, where 85% of the healthcare infrastructure was destroyed by the earthquake in 2015. He conducts implementation science research in mental health services at Possible (

      He is the co-founder and the Executive Director of Shared Minds (, a non-profit organization that develops and disseminates culturally-appropriate, evidence-based clinical training and supervision for clinicians in Nepal.

      Bibhav was born and raised in Nepal and arrived in the United States to attend Haverford College on a full scholarship. He was a Howard Hughes Science and Society Scholar in public health studying HIV interventions in Thailand. He has conducted research for the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute to improve the quality of care for federally-funded HIV services. He received his M.D. from Yale University and residency training in general adult psychiatry from University of California San Francisco. He has conducted research under NIMH-R25 and has completed a certificate program in Implementation Science from UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

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      1. Acharya B, Tenpa J, Thapa P, Gauchan B, Citrin D, Ekstrand M. Recommendations from primary care providers for integrating mental health in a primary care system in rural Nepal. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016; 16:492. PMID: 27643684; PMCID: PMC5028958.
      2. Acharya B, Swar SB. Consultant Psychiatrists' Role in Ensuring High-Quality Care From Nonspecialists. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Jul 1; 67(7):816. PMID: 27363359.
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      3. Acharya B, Hirachan S, Mandel JS, van Dyke C. The Mental Health Education Gap among Primary Care Providers in Rural Nepal. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 40(4):667-71. PMID: 27259491.
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      4. Acharya B, Hirachan S. Including International Medical Graduates in Global Mental Health Training. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 40(4):732-3. PMID: 26576999.
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      5. Maru DS, Andrews J, Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Acharya B, Ramaiya A, Karelas G, Rajbhandari R, Mate K, Shilpakar S. Crossing the quality chasm in resource-limited settings. Global Health. 2012; 8:41. PMID: 23193968; PMCID: PMC3526495.
      6. Schwarz R, Maru DS, Schwarz D, Acharya B, Acharya B, Rajbhandari R, Andrews J, Karelas G, Sharma R, Arnoldy M. On partnership. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2012; 2(2):101-6. PMID: 24406829.
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      7. Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Gauchan B, Andrews J, Sharma R, Karelas G, Rajbhandari R, Acharya B, Mate K, Bista A, Bista MG, Sox C, Smith-Rohrberg Maru D. Implementing a systems-oriented morbidity and mortality conference in remote rural Nepal for quality improvement. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Dec; 20(12):1082-8. PMID: 21949441; PMCID: PMC3228264.
      8. Maru DS, Sharma A, Andrews J, Basu S, Thapa J, Oza S, Bashyal C, Acharya B, Schwarz R. Global health delivery 2.0: using open-access technologies for transparency and operations research. PLoS Med. 2009 Dec; 6(12):e1000158. PMID: 19956665; PMCID: PMC2777354.
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