WONCA grieves

The WONCA family has been greatly saddened this weekend by the passing of two of its leaders, one from past times, and one present day leader.

Prof Janko Kersnik

We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Prof Janko Kersnik, of Slovenia, Honorary Secretary of WONCA Europe and had been president of European Academy of Teachers in GP/FM (EURACT) since 2010. Janko succumbed two weeks after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was not only a great rural family physician, he was a great man, friend, and father. We have lost an important voice and leader.

From the WONCA Europe website:
Prof Janko Kersnik, our WONCA Europe Honorary Secretary and beloved friend died at the age of 55. He was a true European hero. We mourn him and his family for this terrible loss. It was a privilege to have known him. We send his family our love. Please think of him.

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Dr David Game AO

Dr David Game AO, of Australia, was president of WONCA from 1983-86 and the first secretary/ treasurer of WONCA when it was formed in 1972. He was also WONCA editor from the beginning of WONCA (1972) until 2001. He was 89 years old, still lived alone at home, and died working at his desk. David was a great source of support and trusted advice and anecdotes, a philanthropist, and a great advocate for family medicine.

Dr Game was interviewed by the current WONCA editor in 2012 – the interview can be found here.


WONCA sends its deepest condolences to the families of both men on behalf of the worldwide WONCA family. We hope to publish more detailed tributes in the weeks to come.

The WONCA Editor thanks those who penned some of the sentences above. They are not acknowledged in order to avoid the confusion of other names appearing next to the names of the deceased.