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Binu Koirala, PhD, MGS, RN

Assistant Professor
Binu Koirala
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Cardiovascular
  • Chronic Care
  • End of Life
  • Global Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Transition of Care


Binu Koirala’s research expertise includes cardiovascular disease, palliative care, and care of patients with chronic and complex disease conditions. Dr. Koirala serves as Principal Investigator of a federally funded (NINR) research project to develop and pilot test symptom management intervention for patients living with multimorbidity, including those with COVID-19 at an Intermediate Care Unit. Dr. Koirala is leading the development of palliative care competencies among advanced practice nurses and integrating palliative care content into the Advanced Practice-Doctor of Nursing Practice (AP-DNP) curriculum, as well as implementing a plan to train preceptors on palliative care. Dr. Koirala has also collaborated with global experts to establish sociodemographic and clinical factors influencing heart failure management. Dr. Koirala serves as a secretary of the Sigma Theta Tau International-Nu Beta Chapter-At-Large and as a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the Journal of Cardiovascular NursingHeart, Lung and Circulation, and European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Dr. Koirala is committed to collaborating with and mentoring colleagues, doctoral and other graduate students globally and partnering with practice and community experts to enhance health and safety of patients, families, and communities.

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    Koirala, B., Davidson, P.M., Ferrell, B. & Dennison Himmelfarb, C. (2020). Rationale and resources for accelerating palliative care competencies in critical care settings. AACN Advanced Critical Care. 31(2). 191-195. DOI:

    Koirala, B., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C., Budhathoki C. & Davidson, P. M. (2020). Heart failure self-care factors affecting self-care and the relationship with health-related quality of life: A cross-sectional observational study. Heliyon. 6(2), e03412. DOI:

    Koirala, B., Budhathoki C., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C., Bhattarai, P. & Davidson, P. M. (2019). The Self-care of Heart Failure Index: A psychometric study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI:

    Koirala, B., Dennison Himmelfarb, C., Koirala, B., Budhathoki, C. & Davidson, P. M. (2019). Epidemiology and management of heart failure in Nepal. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 25(10), 846-848. DOI:

    Dennison-Himmelfarb, C., Koirala, B., & Coke, L. (2018). Shared decision making: Partnering with patients to improve cardiovascular care and outcomes. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 33(4), 301-303.

    Koirala, B., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C., Budhathoki C., Tankumpuan, T., Asano, R. & Davidson, P. M. (2018). Factors Affecting Heart Failure Self-Care: An Integrative Review. Heart & Lung. 47(6), 539-545.

  • Awards/Honors

    2019-2021 Maryland Higher Education Commission, New Nursing Faculty Fellowship
    2019 New Nursing Faculty Fellowship, Maryland Higher Education Commission
    2019 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Finalist, Johns Hopkins University 2018 NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Award
    2018 Southern Nursing Research Society 2018 Dissertation Award
    2018 Sigma Theta Tau Nu Beta 2018 Nursing Research Award
    2017 Outstanding Reviewer, Elsevier: Heart Lung and Circulation
    2016 Membership of Sigma Theta Tau International – Nu Beta Chapter
    2016 Outstanding Reviewer, Elsevier: International Journal of Nursing Studies
    2016 Ochs Scholar: Building Capacity for Health in Emerging Economies
    2014 Graduate Research Assistant at Scripps Gerontology Center