Dr Kinzang P. Tshering was appointed as the Interim President for the University Of Medical Sciences Of Bhutan in April 2013, by the Royal Government of Bhutan. Prior to this appointment, he served as Medical Director at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). He was the Head of the Paediatrics Department at JDWNRH from 1999 to 2012.
He completed his schooling from Sainik School Goalpara, Assam, India in 1981. He graduated with a medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) Pune, in 1986. He did his post-graduate training in Pediatrics from Bologna University, Italy in November 1998. He underwent Fellowship Training in Neonatology from Siriraj hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand. He was the first Bhutanese Pediatrician and Neonatologist. He continues to practise at JDWNRH, the Teaching Hospital of the UMSB.
As the first pediatrician, he has played a major role in the development of pediatric services in JDWNRH. He pioneered in the setting up of a ‘Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’ (NICU) in the country. In his quarter of a century-long career as a clinician, he has also taken active part in public health activities as Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Health in child health related programs. Currently, he is the chair of the National Committee on Immunization Practices of Bhutan (NCIP) and a member of the Child Health Advisory Group (CHAG) of the Ministry of Health.
As a member of the South East Asia Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication (SEARCCPE) since 2008 and is one of the signatories to the recent Regional Certification of Polio -free status on 27th March 2014 in New Delhi, India. He is also a member of the WHO working group for SAGE on Vaccine Hesitancy. He has undertaken various WHO assignments as a temporary advisor for maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE) survey, Indonesia 2010; Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Review, Myanmar, 2008; and MNTE survey, India, 2007.
He had also served as a technical resource person for training health workers and teachers in the administration of the “Rapid neurodevelopment assessment (RNDA)” tool for the second phase confirmation of the first ‘Childhood Disability Survey’ in 2010.
He is a recipient of the ‘2007- STECKER Scholarship’ in Specialty Training in Neonatology at Nationwide Children Hospital, Columbus, USA and also received the Silver Medal from His Majesty the King of Bhutan for his active service in the Royal Civil Service Commission.
He has also contributed in a wide spectrum of Civil Societies and Non-Governmental Organizations and is Currently is the Vice-Chair of Ability Bhutan Society, NGO involved with the welfare of differently-abled children in Bhutan.
Dr.Kinzang P Tshering
Designation: President (Appointed officially on 31st December 2014)