Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general psychiatrist.
Dr. Ellur earned his medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. He completed his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center (Einstein Health Network), an affiliate of Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He has special interests in early-onset psychosis, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders in children and adults, interventional psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry.
Dr. Ellur was drawn to the field of psychiatry because of his curiosity to learn how mental health is pursued across different cultures and the stigma attached to these illnesses. “I’m very interested in neuroscience and behavioral sciences, given the recent discovery of new psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions,” he says.
When looking for a place to practice, he says he chose PCRMC because he wants to improve access to and delivery of mental health in rural areas. Dr. Ellur adds that PCRMC has a willingness to provide evidence-based and advanced services to the community.
Helping patients with meeting their needs and getting the most out of their lives are what he enjoys about being a psychiatrist.
As for the best advice he could give his patients, Dr. Ellur says, “Good mental health is good physical health,” noting there is a strong connection between the two. He also hopes to start offering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy at PCRMC soon. These types of therapies are helpful for patients who have not responded to medications for recurrent, major depressive disorders and a wide variety of other psychiatric conditions.
To learn more about Dr. Ellur, or to make an appointment, please visit pcrmc.com or call 573-364-9000.