Dr. Prabhu Reflects

Dr. Umesh Prabhu completed his initial medical training in his home country of India, then pursued internal medicine training in Aberdeen, Scotland. In the late 1980s, a recruiter enticed him and his wife to move to Canada. He completed his internal medicine fellowship with a specialty in gastroenterology, a branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the stomach or intestines, at Dalhousie University.

While shopping around for a place to set up his practice, he visited Yarmouth and our regional hospital for the first time in 1992 at the request of then Chief of Staff Dr. Margaret Churchill. “Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and I thought, this is my place,” Dr. Prabhu recalls, sitting at the same desk in the same office that he opened on the third floor at Yarmouth Regional Hospital 30 years ago.

Looking back over his years in Yarmouth, Dr. Prabhu continues to enjoy his work. “It’s a nice feeling to know that your patients are getting better and are well cared for,” he says. “The staff have been very kind to me. You can’t put a price tag on working in a congenial atmosphere.”

Dr. Prabhu, who sits on the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, is very supportive of the family practice and internal medicine residency programs at Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

“I would like to champion our hospital, our community and I hope new graduates continue to show interest in staying on after completing their family practice and internal medicine training,” he says, adding, “I am really impressed and grateful for the excellent job the foundation is doing in supporting all our hospital programs.”