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Binu Koirala, PhD, MGS, RN

Research Associate
Binu Koirala
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Cardiovascular
  • Chronic Care
  • Global Health
  • Palliative Care


Binu Koirala’s research interests include cardiovascular health, palliative care, and care of patients with chronic and complex disease conditions. Dr. Koirala’s recent work is focused upon culturally validating a heart failure self-care tool and establishing sociodemographic and clinical factors influencing heart failure management. She is also 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 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 Nursing, Heart, Lung and Circulation, and European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Dr. Koirala has practiced as a cardiovascular nurse, specialized in ICU/CCU nursing, and earned a master’s degree in gerontology.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    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. In Press.

    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 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