FORT SMITH, Ark. – Runa Shrestha grew up in Nepal, home to Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. As far as a mountaintop experiences go, however, becoming a doctor ranks highest for the new Mercy Clinic Oncology physician.
Dr. Shrestha’s medical journey began with medical school in Nepal, where she received Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees at the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. She then set her sights on the U.S., arriving eight years ago.
“I have always wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember. I was fascinated by the human body and its function,” she said. “I wanted a career in which I could help people heal.”
She finished an internal medicine residency at the State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, followed by a hematology-oncology fellowship at the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center in Lexington.
While Dr. Shrestha is board-certified in internal medicine, she’s turned her attention to cancer care as a hematologist-oncologist for Mercy.
“I am excited to join the excellent oncology team at Mercy Fort Smith and provide the best possible care for treating blood problems and cancer,” she said. “I am passionate about my patients, who constantly teach me the true meaning of life.”
Dr. Shrestha, who loves to cook for family and friends, has been married for five years to Dr. Rajesh Mourya. He also recently joined Mercy Fort Smith as an intensivist, caring for critical patients. They have a 10-month-old daughter, Nora.
Dr. Shrestha is available for appointments at Mercy Clinic Oncology, 7001 Rogers Ave., Suite 200. The phone number is 479-314-7490.