The young doctor killed by a shark in the Whitsundays is being described as a rising star in medicine who always went the extra mile for his patients.
Melbourne doctor Daniel Christidis, 33, died after being attacked by a shark in Cid Harbour off Whitsunday Island on Monday night.
Dr Christidis had worked as a surgical registrar in Victoria’s Western Health service since February, and was training to be a urologist.
Western Health director of surgery Helen O’Connell said Dr Christidis was a rare individual who showed great compassion to his patients.
Daniel Christidis was “a fantastic doctor” to his patients, Professo O’Connell said. (Twitter)
“I remember one of our patients was quite down, post-operatively. He went and got her a birthday cake,” Professor O’Connell said.
“That’s the sort of guy Daniel was.”
Western Health chief medical officer Paul Eleftheriou said Dr Christidis was a widely loved and respected member of staff.
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of our friend and colleague Dr Daniel Christidis, who was a fantastic doctor, an exceptional character,” he said.
“We spoke to the family this morning and offered our condolences.
“We are offering support to colleagues who are also grieving.”
Dr Christidis was previously a research fellow at Austin Health, where he was working towards a PhD.
Supervisor Dr Nathan Lawrentschuk said Dr Christidis was at the beginning of a big career, and had been earning a solid reputation internationally.