She has completed MBBS (MD) in 2003 at Saint-Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She has done Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Oli completed her PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2018.
She has been working at KMC since 2011. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Community medicine and Vice Principal Clinical Science at KMC.
Her research work is mostly focused on the preventive aspects of non-communicable disease, particularly cardiovascular diseases and behavior risk factors such as unhealthy diet and low physical activity. Among few researchers in Nepal working in the CVD related area, she is the one who focuses on the health promotion and lifestyle changes to address CVD problem in Nepal with implementation of scientific behavioral theories. She designed and implemented Heart Health Associated Research, Dissemination, and Intervention in the Community (HARDIC) trial for her PhD project.She has vast experience in qualitative research.
Further, she is a co-investigator in the NHLBI-funded TREIN-Nepal. She conducted workshops and trainings on health promotion and application of qualitative research to enhance research knowledge and skills among young Nepali researchers. Also, she is a National Commissioner for the Lancet-commissioned NCDI Poverty Commission for the Poorest Billion in Nepal. She is also currently a Bernard Lown Scholar in Cardiovascular Health at Harvard School of Public Health, USA.
Dr. Natalia Oli
MD MPH PhD
MBBS (MD) degree from
Saint-Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University(2003)
Masters in Public Health (MPH) from
Shrestha, A., Maharjan, R., Karmacharya, B.M…….Oli,N……. et al. Health system gaps in cardiovascular disease prevention and management in Nepal. BMC Health Serv Res21, 655 (2021).
Thapa DR, Oli N, Vaidya A, Suominen S, Ekström-Bergström A, Areskoug Josefsson K, Krettek A. Determination and evaluation of Sense of Coherence in women in semi-urban Nepal: A part of the Heart-health Associated Research, Dissemination, and Intervention in the Community (HARDIC) Trial. Kathmandu Univ Med J. 2021;73(1):69-75.
Bhattarai S, Aryal A, Pyakurel M, Bajracharya S, Baral P, ……Oli N,…… Fitzpatrick A, Jha AK, Jha N. Cardiovascular disease trends in Nepal–An analysis of global burden of disease data 2017. IJC Heart & Vasculature. 2020 Oct 1;30:100602
Oli N, Vaidya A, Eiben G, Krettek A. Effectiveness of health promotion regarding diet and physical activity among Nepalese mothers and their young children: The Heart-health Associated Research, Dissemination, and Intervention in the Community (HARDIC) trial. Global Health Action, 2019; 12:1, 1670033, DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2019.1670033
Sharma S, Oli N, Thapa B. Electronic health–literacy skills among nursing students. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2019:10 527–532. https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S20735
Shrestha A, Karmacharya BM, Maharjan R, Vaidya A, Dhimal M, Oli N, Shrestha R, Pyakurel P, Fitzpatrick A, Citrin D, Bajracharya S, Xu Dong R, Spiegelman D, Koju R. Stakeholder Engagement in Planning the Design of a National Needs Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management in Nepal.Global Heart 2019; Vol. 14, No. 2, 2019 ISSN 2211-8160/$36.00. https://doi.org/10.1016/ j.gheart.2019.05.002
Oli N, Vaidya A, Eiben G, Krettek A. Changes in children’s diet and physical activity as perceived by their mothers: Impact of a health promotion intervention for mothers in a sub-urban area of Nepal. Journal of Kathmandu Medical College, Vol. 7, No. 4, Issue 26, Oct.-Dec., 2018.
Oli N, Vaidya A, Pahkala K, Eiben G, Krettek A. Knowledge, attitude and practice on diet and physical activity among mothers with young children in the Jhaukhel-Duwakot Health Demographic Surveillance Site, Nepal. PLoS ONE 2018; 13(7): e0200329. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200329
Vaidya A, Oli N, Eiben G, Krettek A. The Heart-health Associated Research, Dissemination and Intervention in the Community (HARDIC) Trial for Nepalese Mothers regarding Diet and Physical Activity: A Process Evaluation. Kathmandu Univ Med J 2017; 58(2):107-16.
Vaidya A, Oli N, Krettek A, Eiben G. Preference of Food-items and Physical Activity of Peri-urban Children in Bhaktapur, Nepal. J Nepal Health Res Counc 2017 May - Aug;15(36): 150-8.
Vaidya A , Oli N, Krettek A. High prevalence of prehypertension in mothers of young children in peri-urban Nepal. Journal of Kathmandu Medical College, Vol. 5, No. 2, Issue 16, Apr.-Jun., 2016.
Oli N, Vaidya A, Subedi M, et al. Diet and physical activity for children’s health: a qualitative study of Nepalese mothers’ perceptions. BMJ Open 2015; 5:e008197. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015- 008197
Oli N, Vaidya A, Subedi M, Krettek A. Experiences and perceptions about cause and prevention of cardiovascular disease among people with cardiometabolic conditions: findings of in-depth interviews from a peri-urban Nepalese community. Glob Health Action 2014, 7: 24023. ( http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.24023)
Oli N, Vaidya A, Thapa G. Behavioral Risk Factors of Non communicable Diseases among Nepalese Urban Poor: A Descriptive Study from a Slum Area of Kathmandu. Epidemiology Research International, Volume 2013.
Vaidya A, Oli N, Aryal UR, Karki DB, Krettek A. Disparties in fruit and vegetable intake by Socio-demographic characteristics in peri-urban Nepalese adults: findings from the Heart-health Associated Research and Dissemination in the Community (HARDIC) Study, Bhaktapur, Nepal.Journal of Kathmandu Medical College, Vol. 2, No. 1, Issue 3, Jan.-Mar., 2013.
Oli N, Onta SR. Self-perception of Stigma and Discrimination among Men Having Sex with Men. J Nepal Health Res Counc 2012 Sep;10 (22):197-200.
Oli N, Onta SR, Dhakal S. Knowledge about HIV transmission, behavior and self- perception about risk of getting HIV among men having sex with men. Journal of Institute of Medicine, August, 2012; 34:2 4-9.
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