Neuroscience made its first glimpse in Nepal, in the December of 1961. Dr.D.N.Gongal performed the very first surgery of bi-temporal decompression for severe head injury at Bir Hospital. With the help of Professor K. V. Matthai from Vellore, India, Gongal also established a 6-bed neurosurgery ward at Bir hospital on October 19, 1981.
Seeing immense potential in the field they assigned Dr Upendra Devkota to specialize in the field of neurosurgery and arranged for him to receive training at the very reputable,Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow in August 1983.
On his return, Dr Devkota set up the first neurosurgical unit in the country. He was performing cases in modern surgery by February 1989 and also offering postgraduate training to future neurosurgeons of Nepal in the year 2000, at Bir Hospital.
The Ministry of Health started the National Academic of Health Sciences (NAMS) at Bir Hospital in 2002. Dr Gongal , the Founding Director, kept working alongside Prof Devkota who was assigned as the Health Minister for Nepal. Fellowship in Neurology was also offered at NAMS the following year.
The National Institute of Neurological and Allied Sciences, Professor Devkota’s long cherished dream and a national need, was finally established on April 13th , 2006. Our institution was officially inaugurated by Prof Graham Teasdale, who was one of Devkota’s most significant mentors, as well as President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.
HISTORY SETS THE GOAL
The magnolia tree at the front of this institute is the replica of one at the Atkinson Morley Neurosciences Hospital, London, set up by Sir. Wylie McKissock and recognized all over the world for developing the first CT scanner in 1972; an achievement that earned the Nobel Prize in Medicine for Britain.
At the foundation of this institute, soil from the premises of the institute of Neurological Sciences , Glasgow, has been laid down. The Glasgow institute is foremost in modern Neurosciences, credited to have spearheaded pioneering research in its field, revolutionised the care of head injuries and introduced the Glasgow coma scale.
Both these institutions are Professor Devkota’s alma maters. The magnolia tree in the front and the soil in the foundation of this building shall stand witness to our resolve to achieve their standards.
WINGS AND WARDS AT THE INSTITUTE
We have set a tradition of recognising both, National and International figures who have contributed in the field of Neurosciences. We celebrate Nepalese Neurosciences and its achievements in the past 30 years, as well as milestones accomplished by our own institute, and have dedicated wings and wards in our institution to notable figures who have created an elite niche in the field of Neurosciences.
The Dinesh Nath Gongal Wing
As an institution, we recognise Dr Gongal as one of the founding fathers of surgery in Nepal, which has a rather short history formulating from the 1960s. During his mission to start specialties in different aspects of surgery, Dr Gongal found an ally in young Devkota and encouraged him to take up the challenge of Neurosurgery. He arranged for Devkota, as well as many others to be trained at several prestigious Institutes around the world. Gongal and Devkota continue to work together at Neuro Hospital, and share camaraderie in their dream of developing Neurosciences in the right direction. As an acknowledgement of his contribution, a Surgical Wing at Neuro Hospital has been named after Gongal.
Terence Hope Library: A Wing for Hope
The Academic Wing at our Institution is dedicated to Professor Terence Hope, a senior neurosurgeon at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. Professor Hope has been regularly spending time at our Institution, annually visiting over the last ten years. He helps Prof Devkota in running theatre cases and most importantly, training young Nepalese neurosurgeons at our institute. He is an external examiner of Nottingham University as well as Kathmandu University. His involvement has been instrumental in assuring the quality of post-graduate training at this institute.
The Academic Wing was dedicated to Prof Hope on December 5th , 2008.
Joanne, Cleveland’s Little Miss Courage, The Brave Heart, had a dying wish to never be forgotten after battling two brain tumours as a teenager. Twenty years later Joanne Gillespie’s memory continues to help individuals suffering from cancer and tumours at Neuro Hospital. The money raised through the Joanne Gillespie Memorial Fund has sponsored for Neuro Hospital to provide life saving equipment in the children’s ward. The ward, inaugurated on April 13th , 2006, has provided care to children battling the same deadly disease of Cancer.
David Uttley Wing
Dr Uttley succeeded Sir Wylie McKissock and Dr Alan Richardson as the Chief of Neurosurgery at the famous Atkinson Morley Hospital, London. A pioneer skull base Neurosurgeon, he mentored many leading neurosurgeons from around the world including Prof.U.P.Devkota.
The David Uttley Ward was inaugurated on May 20, 2013 by Mrs Uttley and the British Ambassador.