Shlomo Vinker

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 President, WONCA Europe


Shlomo Vinker is an active family physician, working in an urban clinic. He’s a full Professor in Family Medicine, Vice Dean for community teaching, and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv. Vinker has published more than 200 research papers in peer reviewed medical journals cited in PubMed.

He was a member at large of WONCA Europe between 2016-2019, their President-Elect from 2019-2021 and now he’s currently WONCA Europe’s President.

In addition, Vinker has been an executive board member of EGPRN since 2015 and head of the educational committee since 2018. 

He was IAFP’s (The Israeli Association of Family Physicians) Chairman from 2009-2018 and has been the honorary treasurer since 2018. As chairman he led a change in the residency program, shifting most of the residency time outside the hospital wards to family medicine and ambulatory setting. Under his leadership, IAFP founded a plan for research grants, which gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to encourage research in family medicine. Vinker founded an open Wiki website with high quality medical information, having now more than 6,600 articles.

He’s Chief Medical Officer of a nationwide healthcare organization, Leumit Health Services, serving 730,000 patients. Shlomo Vinker established a research institute in Leumit and has been chairing it from 2018 aiming to enhance research capacity in family medicine and primary care.


Updated: May 2021