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Local physician recognized as specialist of the year

By Sharon Gray

Dr. S. Bharati Reddy was presented the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s 2008 Specialist of the Year Award earlier this month. The award was presented by Dr. Wallace Ingram, who also nominated her for the award, and Dr. Sharon Peters, vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial.

A gastroenterologist, Dr. Reddy is also certified in internal medicine and plays an active role in the emergency department at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s, NL.

“I have had occasion to consult Dr. Reddy many times for gastroenterology referrals as well as referrals to the Emergency Department when she is on call,” said Dr. Ingram in his letter of nomination. “I have been most impressed with her equanimity and energy. She is an outstanding gastroenterologist and an outstanding general internist.”

Raised in St. John’s, Dr. Reddy graduated in 1981 with her MD from Memorial University. She went on to a rotating internship and core internal medicine training at both Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, where in 1987 she completed a general internist fellowship.

In 1988, Dr. Reddy returned to St. John’s to join the staff of St. Clare’s. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University with clinical and research interests that include inflammatory bowel disease and viral hepatitis. Over the years, Dr. Reddy has served on numerous committees, including pharmacy and therapeutics, residency training and the selection committee for postgraduate year one.

The Specialist of the Year Award, also known as the Prix d’excellence, is conferred annually in five regions across Canada. This award recognizes Fellows of the Royal College who have outstanding qualities and have made significant contributions as medical educators or provided outstanding service to their community and to the Royal College. Award recipients are selected by their peers and colleagues who volunteer on the Royal College Regional Advisory Committees.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national, not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education of specialists in 61 specialties and subspecialties in Canada by setting high standards for postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. In collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, the Royal College also plays a role in developing sound health policy in Canada. Over 80 years have gone into developing the approach that assures Canadians that Royal College certified physicians and surgeons have achieved some of the highest standards of medical education in the world.