Sažetak In this short review the author describes the life and work of dr. Roman Jelic. First of all the author looks back to the point of departure – Mali Iž – from where arose the figure of a hard-working and talented young boy born into a fisherman family. Then he depicts the doctor's life that resembles an odyssey of its kind. In
full swing of life, at the point of mature and complex creativity, he pursues his profession, history, the history of medicine and demographic research. Later comes the description of his professional and social engagement aimed to encourage radiology, to improve working conditions, health system and prevention, to
strengthen the connection among medical workers and organize their further education. The author refers to the doctor's contribution to the foundation of The League Against Cancer, The Oncologic Dispensary, the Zadar branch of The Medical Association of Croatia, the medical magazine Medica Jadertina as well as his activity in numerous social, cultural and educational activities. As a medical worker of great culture, wide span of interests, classic feeling for complementary scientific disciplines and synthesis of cultural, historical and demographic facts, the author places the physician in the rank of Zadar medical region patriarchs. The author considers him as the Zadar history of medicine nestor.