Neuro science in Nepal began with a bi-temporal decompression for severe head injury by Dr D.N.Gongal at Bir Hospital at December 1961. And then with help of Professor K.V.Matthai from Vellore, India,Dr Gongal openeda 6 bed neurosurgery ward at Bir hospital on October 19, 1981.
The National Institute of Neurological and Allied Sciences, Professor Devkota’s long cherished dream and a national need, finally was established on April 13, 2006 with its official inauguration by his teacher, Prof Graham Teasdale,President Royal College of Physicians and surgeons of Glasgow.
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.
The National Institute of Neurological and Allied Sciences has set a tradition of recognising national and international figures who have contributed in the field of Neurosciences in general, Nepalese neurosciences and this institute in particular.
Prof Sir Graham Teasdale who formally inaugurated the institute on the April 13, 2006 is the foremost neuroscientist of the generation. He has been the Professorial Chair of the famous Institute of Neurological Sciences Glasgow and the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He spearheaded pioneering research in many spheres of neurosciences, revolutionized the care of head-injuries and most importantly, invented the Glasgow Coma Scale, thereby making him immortal in medical literature.
He mentored DrDevkota and has largely been responsible to inspire him to develop neuroscience in Nepal. The sentimental linkage with Glasgow has been enlivened by having the soil from the Glasgow Institute in the foundation of this institute and above all, Sir Graham personally inaugurating it.
Dr Gangol is one of the founding fathers of surgery in Nepal, which has a rather short history since its beginning in 1960s. During his mission to start surgical sub-specialties in the country in early 1980s, DrGongal found an ally in young Devkota and encourage him to take up the challenge of Neurosurgery. He arranged for Dr Devkota to be trained at prestigious British Institutes. Both of them still work together at this Institue and realize their shared dream. As an acknowledgement of his contribution, a wing at this institute has therefore been named for DrGongal.
The Academic Wing at this institute is dedicated to Professor Terence Hope, a senior neurosurgeon, at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, and its former head of the department. Professor Hope has been regularly spending time, every year over the last ten years to help his colleague, Prof Devkota in organizing the service and most importantly, training of the young Nepalese neurosurgeons at the institute. He is an exit examiner of the British neurosurgical training. 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 the December 5, 2008.
Joanne, Cleveland’s Little Miss Courage, The Brave Heart, had a dying wish to never be forgotten. Twenty years later Joanne Gillespie’s memory continues to help save people suffering from cancer and tumors -the disease which tragically cut her life short when she was just a teenager.
The money raised through the Joanne Gillespie Memorial Fund has paid for life saving equipment in the children’s ward at our hospital. And the ward dedicatedto her, inaugurated April 13, 2006,has savedhundreds of lives since.
DrUttley succeeded Sir Wylie McKissock and DrAlan 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. David Uttley Ward was inaugurated on May 20,2013 by Mrs Uttley and the British Ambassador.