Buddha Basnyat first trained in medicine in the Punjab, India and then did a masters in respiratory physiology at the University of Calgary, Canada, and an internal medicine residency at the Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He is a consultant at Patan Hospital and leads the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit- Nepal based at that hospital. He is also the current president of the International Society of Mountain Medicine. For over a decade he was the professor of physiology at the Tribhuvan University Medical College in Kathmandu. He is now a professor of physiology at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. His research interest lies in working with and helping young clinicians in the study of high altitude illness and undifferentiated febrile illness in the tropics, both common but neglected problems in Nepal. He is also the Medical Director of both the Nepal International Clinic and the Himalaya Rescue Association.