Dr. Amela Blekic completed her medical training in Bosnia and Herzegovina and worked as a general practitioner during the Bosnian war. In 1997 Dr. Blekic immigrated to the United States and was originally employed by the American Red Cross.
She joined Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Psychiatry, in August 1999 and worked at the Intercultural Psychiatric Program establishing the Bosnian Clinic for Mental Health within that program. In working with severely traumatized refugees, Dr. Blekic realized her passion for psychiatry and after completing the United States Medical Licensing Examination, she started psychiatry residency training at Oregon Health & Science University in 2005.
She completed her training in June 2009. The last year of the training she served as a chief resident, when she had an opportunity to assist her colleagues in managing the challenges of the residency training and be a liaison between the residents and the training office.
After graduation, Dr. Blekic’s involvement with the Department of Psychiatry continued as a faculty member working on the Intercultural Psychiatric Program. In addition, she worked at the State Hospital in Salem caring for the chronically mentally ill. She also served as a psychiatrist for Oregon Health & Science University Student Health Service where she treated the student population at the university.
In 2011, Dr. Blekic served as interim medical director of the inpatient psychiatric unit at OHSU, then in 2012 she was appointed as the medical director of the inpatient psychiatric unit and psychiatric consult liaison service. Dr. Blekic most recently has been working in a combination of assignments on the inpatient unit, consultation liaison, and the Intercultural Psychiatric Program. She is a clinical associate professor in our psychiatry department.
Dr. Blekic is a naturalized US citizen and is board certified in psychiatry. The areas of interest include work with chronically mentally ill, cross cultural psychiatry and work with severely traumatized refugees, resident and student wellness, and teaching. She believes it is important to advocate daily for our patients and their care and she sees that as a life-long assignment.Read more
- M.D., University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 0 0 1990
- Oregon Health & Science University, 2009
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2010
Memberships and associations
- American Psychiatric Association, Oregon Psychiatric Association, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, World Association of Cultural Psychiatry