Faculty Profiles

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Sonam Choki






Ms. Sonam Choki is originally from Trashiyangtse and is now resettled at Samtse. She has a BSc.(Hons). in Nursing and Midwifery from R.A.K. College of Nursing, Delhi and Master's Degree in International Public Health from the University of Sydney. Ms. Sonam has 18 years of working experience in clinical nursing, management, and nursing education. She was with JDWNRH for 16 years; 10 years as a clinical nurse and 6 years as a head nurse in a psychiatric ward. Under her supervision as the head nurse, her unit was awarded as the best performing unit by the management of the hospital. During this tenure, she also served as a reviewer with the Research Ethics Board of Health in the Ministry of Health. Her interest in teaching led her to FNPH and taught both nursing and public health students for one year. Following this, she was in Haiti working with the United Nations for 2 years. She is also a certified ACLS and BLS provider and a certified addiction counselor. She likes being proactive and staying relevant.


Dr. Nikhil Jain






Dr. Jain is from Sydney, Australia, and has a background in public health, Oral health, and medicine. Prior to joining RTC, he has worked in Australia, UK, and India. His research interests include the oral microbiome and Global health. He has received his undergraduate education from the UK and India and finished his postgraduate qualifications from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has also contributed to various consultancy projects related to public health with various NGO’s and multinational organizations. His other interests include traveling, basketball, and learning about new cultures. Nikhil joined RTC in 2017 and helped to set up the BSc programme at RTC.



Hari Sharma






Mr. Hari initially started his career in the healthcare profession as a General Nurse and Midwife in January 1986 from the then Health School, Thimphu, now, the Faculty of Nursing & Public Health. He has a certificate in critical Care from Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, TN, India. He holds an International MBA in Healthcare and Hospital Management from United Business Institutes, Brussels, Belgium. He also holds a diploma in International Travel Medicine from LSHTM, London, UK, and additional certificates in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). He has recently completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from the Samtse College of Education. He has worked in various capacities at JDWNRH, Thimphu Bhutan from 1986 till 2003. He has also worked under the auspices of the United Nations and African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) w.e.f. August 2007 till June 2015, as the Head Nurse and as the Nursing Activity Manager (NAM) with the Medicines Sans Frontiers, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) from January 2017 till April 2018. His clinical and professional experiences, skills, and knowledge with regards to patients care, management, leadership and teaching are diverse, rich, and noteworthy. His interests include sports, games, gardening, and cooking.








Ms. Pema Dolma has 23 years of work experience of which almost sixteen years are clinical experiences and five years into full-time teaching. Since she was a trained Pediatric Nurse and Maternal and Child Health Nurse, the whole sixteen years of her clinical experience were spent working with mothers, babies, and children. Ms. Pema has an undergraduate degree in BSc Nursing from Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and a Masters in Public Health (majoring in Health Promotion) from Curtin University, Perth, WA. Apart from that, she has various other training such as in Malnutrition, Lactation Management and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses. She is also a certified UNICEF ToT counselor for the Infant and Young Child Feeding Programme here in the country for which she has participated and hosted various TV and Radio programmes to create awareness on Infant and young child feeding practices in the country.


Thinley Norbu






Dr. Thinley Norbu is from Trashigang and a medical doctor by profession. He earned his MBBS degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from the Institute of Medicine, University of Yangon, Myanmar in 2002. Before joining RTC he worked with the Royal Government of Bhutan and MangdeChhu Hydro-Electric Project Authority. Following which he has been a free-lance consultant.








Mrs. Porjia Jansi Rani R is from India. She has a Master's degree in Nursing from Dr.MGR Medical University. She has worked as a Lecturer at Global College of Nursing, Bangalore for four years and worked as a Clinical Nurse in JDWNRH Bhutan for two years. She has been teaching modules in Nursing at Royal Thimphu College since August 2019.








Ms. Tshewang lhamo is from drujeygang under Dagana Dzongkha. She has a degree in BSc Nursing from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science, Bangalore. She worked at JDWNRH, Thimphu for about 4 years as a clinical nurse. She is trained in BLS (Basic life support) and ALS (Advance life support).


Ms. Pema Eden






Ms. Pema Eden completed her Bachelor's degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she had an opportunity to work as a temporary lecturer and demonstrator at the same university in the Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery. She was with the Department for almost two years during which time she also carried out research on ‘clinicopathological study of oncocytoma of salivary origin’ and was able to enhance her teaching skills.