Young Dermatologist Achievement Award 2019: Sudip Parajuli

30 August 2019

Every four years, in conjunction with the World Congress of Dermatology, the ILDS recognises young dermatologists who have made an outstanding contribution to international dermatology, particularly for patients in under-served areas of the world.

The Young Dermatologist Achievement Award (YDAA) is presented to five individuals during the Congress; one from each ILDS Region: Asia Pacific; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; South Asia, the Middle East and Africa; USA and Canada. Dr Sudip Parajuli was selected for the South Asia, Middle East and Africa region from the nominations submitted by ILDS Members.

Sudip is a Dermatologist, Venereologist and Leprologist from Nepal.

He is presently working in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, a tertiary care centre in Kathmandu, Nepal which provides Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology services. He is also responsible for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. Sudip conducts a free skin health camp every year in the remote part of Nepal where it is difficult to access healthcare and distributes medicine free of charge. His “Medical and Social project in Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP)” provides free consultations and subsidised treatment and care to the patients of XP.

Observing Skin Health Day Under The Aegis Of ILDS
The Nepal World Skin Health Day campaign in 2017

Sudip has also initiated and supported the ILDS World Skin Health Day campaign in Nepal, which continues to be held every year. The campaign has had a good impact in raising public awareness about skin health. He is proud of providing optimal treatment and care related to skin diseases in the resource-poor setting of Nepal, where it is very difficult for the public to reach out to dermatologists.

During the World Congress of Dermatology (WCD), he presented two research papers:

  1. “Clinical and Pathological characteristics features of Primary Cutaneous Lymphomas: Report of first case series from Dermatological referral centres of Nepal” as an oral presentation
  2. “Methotrexate combined with electrosurgery for recurrent pyogenic granuloma with satellitosis” as a poster

The WCD lectures were highly educational and were well selected. Sudip especially learnt a lot from sessions on dermoscopy and cutaneous lymphoma and he hopes to use these for the benefit of the people of Nepal. The networking events gave him the opportunity to make new friends with new ideas and to dream about new possibilities to implement the better provision of skin health to the people of his country.

In the future, Sudip will work to uplift the dermatological services in Nepal along with the development of the subspecialty and to reach out to places with limited access to dermatological healthcare. He plans to establish an Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of Nepal in order to educate young dermatologists on cutaneous surgeries. Furthermore, he will be working on his Medical and Social Project in XP to improve the quality of life of patients living with XP.

Organizing Free Health Camp In Remote Area Of Nepal
Organising a free health camp in a remote area of Nepal