University of Illinois College of Medicine awards Sweeny Spirit of Medicine to Dr. Binay Shah

Posted 4 years ago by Sandeep Bhattarai

University of Illinois has awarded Dr. Binay Shah, a Nepali-American cancer physician, its annual Sweeney Spirit of Medicine Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts to promote health in underprivileged communities. The award ceremony took place at the Illinois Medicine Gala on Saturday, September 17th, 2016.

Dr. Binay Shah

University of Illinois College of Medicine is the largest medical school in the United States. The Sweeney Spirit of Medicine Award recognizes a community partner, individual, corporation or organization, for their community service and collaboration with the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Awardees have demonstrated initiative, leadership and involvement that either improves medical education, civic engagement or the overall health of communities.

Dr. Shah was instrumental in establishing the first bone marrow transplant (BMT) center in Civil Service hospital, a government hospital in Nepal. Binaytara Foundation (BTF), the non-profit he created, sponsored the training of the BMT team from Nepal including two physicians and a nurse, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, the BTF is supporting clinical genetics training of a physician at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka). The physician is expected to join the BMT team at Civil Service Hospital in 2017. The Binaytara Foundation also established a home hospice program in Patan, Nepal in collaboration with a local non-profit, Cancer Care Nepal. In addition to supporting the training of the hospice care team, BTF supports the salary of medical and patient care staff, equipment, transportation, and electronic medical records, bringing the care free of cost to the patients’ homes.

Dr. Shah grew up in Nepal. He earned his medical degree from the B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. He completed Internal Medicine residency from Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York and hematology oncology fellowship from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Binaytara Foundation:

Binaytara Foundation (BTF) is an Illinois-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. BTF charitable projects include bone marrow transplant in Nepal, hospice program for terminally ill patients, research grants and disaster management. The BTF organizes an annual cancer conference for physicians and other healthcare providers. For more information on BTF projects, visit

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