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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, multimorbidity, palliative care, and care of patients with chronic and complex disease conditions. Recently, she earned the 2021 Outstanding Nurse Researcher Award from the Johns Hopkins Nursing Alumni Association. Dr. Koirala has currently funded research projects to develop and pilot test disease management interventions for patients living with multimorbidity, including those with heart failure and COVID-19. 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 the health and safety of patients, families, and communities.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    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). 191-195. 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., 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. DOI:

  • Awards/Honors

    2021   Outstanding Nurse Researcher Award, Johns Hopkins Nursing Alumni Association
    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