For more than 30 years Dr. Elias Bartellas has worked as an obstetrician/gynecologist in St. John‚Äôs as well as an assistant professor at Memorial University‚Äôs School of Medicine. He is currently a clinical associate professor at MUN‚Äôs department of obstetrics and gynecology. ‚ÄĒ Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Dr. Elias Bartellas likes to joke that most of his colleagues were at one time or another his students. He says it with a chuckle, but that doesn‚Äôt make it any less true.
Over his many years mentoring young doctors and practicing medicine, Bartellas has developed a profound enjoyment of the process of moulding young minds.
‚ÄúPracticing medicine ‚ÄĒ you have to believe in it. If you believe in it and you like it and you think it‚Äôs a worthwhile cause then you practice what you teach or you teach what you practice. I‚Äôve been fortunate to work in a very encouraging atmosphere,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said.
For his efforts, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has named Bartellas Mentor of the Year for the Atlantic region.
The award is prestigious, with only a handful of physicians selected from each region every year.
The award is designed to recognize physicians who have made significant impacts on the education of residents/fellows.
Bartellas was told in November that he would be getting the award. It will take the form of a plaque that will be presented during a small ceremony at a later date.
Getting that phone call was a humbling moment, said Bartellas.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs an honour. It makes me feel like what I‚Äôve done and what I‚Äôm continuing to do is worthwhile,‚ÄĚ he said.
Born and raised in the Republic of Cyprus, Bartellas has spent more than 30 years in St. John‚Äôs as an obstetrician/gynecologist. He is primarily a clinician, but also spent 30 years as an assistant professor at Memorial University‚Äôs School of Medicine. He is currently a clinical associate professor at MUN in the department of obstetrics and gynecology.
Bartellas received his medical degree at Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel, under a World Health Organization scholarship.‚ÄąHe finished his residency in Ashkelon, Israel. But following the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in the early 1970s, Bartellas decided to move to Canada. He repeated his residency through MUN.
Throughout his career, Bartellas has been involved in research projects, the implementation of programs and has travelled internationally to volunteer in disaster zones.
He‚Äôs had a long list of accomplishments, but that doesn‚Äôt diminish this most recent accolade, he said.
‚ÄúI‚Äąwas extremely glad to get it and I was humbled ‚ÄĒ when I saw the names of the other people who got it before me ... three very prominent doctors whom I adore and whom I think I‚Äôm not at their level ... so I was up in the clouds,‚ÄĚ he said.