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Binu Koirala, PhD, MGS, RN

Assistant Professor
Binu Koirala
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Acute/Critical Care
  • Adult Health
  • Aging
  • Biostatistics
  • Cardiovascular
  • Chronic Care
  • Disparities
  • End of Life
  • Equity
  • Gerontology
  • Global
  • Health Behavior
  • Interprofessional
  • Palliative Care
  • Research Design
  • Self Care
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Transition of Care


Binu Koirala’s research expertise includes cardiovascular disease, multimorbidity, palliative care, and global health. She earned the 2021 Dean's Award- Outstanding Nurse Researcher- from the Johns Hopkins Nursing Alumni Association. Dr. Koirala has funded research projects to develop and test care coordination and symptom management interventions for patients living with multimorbidity, including those with cardiovascular diseases. Her work in identifying cardiovascular disease risk factors among Asian populations has been nationally recognized through American Heart Association. Dr. Koirala has collaborated with global experts to establish sociodemographic and clinical factors influencing heart failure management. She has led the work on the development of palliative care competencies among advanced practice nurses, integrating palliative care content into the Advanced Practice-Doctor of Nursing Practice (AP-DNP) curriculum, and implementing a plan to train preceptors on palliative care. Dr. Koirala serves as a secretary of the Sigma Global Nursing Excellence-Nu Beta Chapter-At-Large, award review committee at the American Heart Association, Maryland chapter president for Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association, associate editor at Nursing Open Journal, and peer reviewer for leading nursing journals: International Journal of Nursing Studies, the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart, Lung and Circulation, and the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Dr. Koirala is committed to collaborating with and mentoring colleagues, and doctoral and other graduate students globally, and partnering with practice and community experts to enhance the health and safety of patients, families, and communities.

Additional Resources

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  • Videos
  • Publications/Research

    Koirala, B., Peeler, A., Dennison Himmelfarb, C., & Davidson, P.M. (2022). Living with multiple chronic conditions: How we achieve holistic care and optimize health outcomes. Journal of Advanced Nursing. DOI:

    Hampton, R., Outten, C., Street, L., Miranda, S., Koirala, B., Davidson, P.M., & Hager, D.N. (2022). Expedited upskilling of intermediate care nurses to provide critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing Open. DOI:

    Koirala, B., Turkson-Ocran, R.A., Baptiste, D., Koirala, B., Francis, L., Davidson, P.M. Dennison Himmelfarb, C. & Commodore-Mensah, Y. (2021). Heterogeneity of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Asian Immigrants: Insights from the 2010 – 2018 National Health Interview Survey. JAHA: Journal of the American Heart Association, 10, e020408. DOI:

    Nelson, K.E., Wright, R., Fisher, M., Koirala, B., Roberts, B., Slone, D.H., Wu, D.S., & Davidson, P.M. (2021). A Call to Action to Address Disparities in Palliative Care Access: A Conceptual Framework for Individualizing Care Needs. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 24(2), 177-180. DOI:

    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). 191-19 DOI:

  • Awards/Honors

    2021 Outstanding Nurse Researcher, Dean’s Award, Johns Hopkins Nurses Alumni Association

    2021 Author of Hypertension chapter in Cardiac Nursing Book, Received 3rd place in the Critical Care and Emergency Nursing category, American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year.

    2020 Cardiovascular Stroke Nursing Best Abstract Award, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

    2019-2024 Maryland Higher Education Commission, New Nursing Faculty Fellowship

    2019 Johns Hopkins University, 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Finalist

    2018 National League of Nursing, 2018 NLN Foundation for Nursing Education

    Scholarship Award

    2018 Southern Nursing Research Society, 2018 Dissertation Award

    2018 STTI Nu Beta Chapter-At-Large, 2018 Nursing Research Award

    2017 Elsevier: Heart Lung and Circulation Journal, Outstanding Reviewer

    2016-present Sigma Theta Tau International – Nu Beta Chapter-At-Large, Membership

    2016 Elsevier: International Journal of Nursing Studies, Outstanding Reviewer

    2016-2019 Ochs Scholar: Building Capacity for Health in Emerging Economies

    2014-2016 Scripps Gerontology Center, Graduate Research Assistant