For more than 30 years Dr. Elias Bartellas has worked as an obstetrician/gynecologist in St. Johnâs as well as an assistant professor at Memorial Universityâs School of Medicine. He is currently a clinical associate professor at MUNâs department of obstetrics and gynecology. â 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 doesnât 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.
âPracticing medicine â you have to believe in it. If you believe in it and you like it and you think itâs a worthwhile cause then you practice what you teach or you teach what you practice. Iâve been fortunate to work in a very encouraging atmosphere,ââhe 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.
âItâs an honour. It makes me feel like what Iâve done and what Iâm continuing to do is worthwhile,â he said.
Born and raised in the Republic of Cyprus, Bartellas has spent more than 30 years in St. Johnâs as an obstetrician/gynecologist. He is primarily a clinician, but also spent 30 years as an assistant professor at Memorial Universityâs 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.âHe 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.
Heâs had a long list of accomplishments, but that doesnât diminish this most recent accolade, he said.
âIâwas extremely glad to get it and I was humbled â 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 Iâm not at their level ... so I was up in the clouds,â he said.