Dr. Prabi Rajbhandari’s native Nepal is best known for the world’s tallest mountain – Mt. Everest. Although Ohio isn’t known for its mountain tops, Dr. Rajbhandari has made a home for herself at Akron Children’s where she works hard to take patient care to new heights. As a hospitalist, Dr. Rajbhandari specializes in managing the care of infants, children and teens who are hospitalized and works with patients’ primary care physicians to ensure patients receive the best possible care at the hospital and at home.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
A: I would probably go back and forth between Nepal and the U.S. I have been in the U.S. for 10 years so this is my home now, but Nepal is where I grew up so I wish I could live there, too, among my extended family and friends.
Q: If you could choose your age forever, what age would it be and why?
A: It would probably be my late teens or early 20s which were my medical school days. It was a very exciting time – pure fun and joy. It was also when I met my husband, and we shared some very special memories from that period in my life.
Q: When you curl up on the couch to watch a movie, are you most likely to have a bowl of popcorn, chocolate or box of tissues?
A: A bowl of popcorn. I like watching realistic fiction or thriller movies.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
A: I look at my boys; be thankful for what I have in my life.
Q: My Monday morning must have is…?
A: 30 minutes of quiet time to create my goals for the week while sipping a good cup of coffee.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Nepal, a small country known for the great Himalayas. Although Nepal is famous for its snow clad majestic peaks, I lived in Nepalgunj, a small town in western Nepal. In my town, the temperature can reach over 100˚F in the summer!
Q: Who makes up your family?
A: I live with my husband, Sudershan, and my 2 boys Shashank “Shasha” and Shlok.
Q: What did you want to be (profession) when you were little?
A: A doctor. I don’t recall wanting to be anything other than a doctor. I was probably 3 or 4 years old when I started saying I wanted to be a doctor and I never changed my mind. I would walk around the house in my dad’s white shirt, put a stethoscope around my neck and pretend to give medications and injections to everyone.
Q: What was your first car and what’s your dream car?
A: Toyota Camry. I don’t have a dream car. A car for me is a necessity to take me from point A to point B so as long as it can do that I am fine with any car.
Q: What’s your quote, mantra or personal slogan you live by?
A: The serenity prayer – God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
Q: Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do it?
A: Travel and more travel; I can never get enough of traveling. I’ve always wanted to go on a medical trip, too. I would also love to go trekking to Himalayan base camps in Nepal and travel through Europe.