In Memoriam: Jack J. Kanski, FRCS, FRCOphth


Source: Suresh K. Pandey, MS, and Vidushi Sharma, MD, FRCS UK

World-renowned ophthalmologist Jacek Jerzy Kanski (better known as Jack J. Kanski, FRCS, FRCOphth) died on January 5, 2019. Few authors have left behind so vast a legacy. His books have enabled tens of thousands of ophthalmologists around the world to pass their examinations and have served as resources throughout their careers.

Born on August 5, 1939, in Warsaw, Poland, to Jerzy Jordan and Adela Jozefa (Wroblewska) Kanski, Mr. Kanski obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science degrees from London Hospital Medical School in England in 1963. His professional journey was remarkable. He worked as house officer at London Hospital from 1963 to 1964, senior house officer at Western Ophthalmic Hospital in London in 1965, registrar at Westminster Hospital in London from 1965 to 1966, resident at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London from 1966 to 1970, senior registrar at London Hospital from 1970 to 1973, and consultant surgeon at King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor, England, from 1974 to 2000. The last Mr. Kanski built into a world-class teaching venue that attracted trainees from far and wide.

He created ophthalmic textbooks, illustrations, and photography of exceptional quality. Residents the world over consider Mr. Kanskiís Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach to be a bible of ophthalmology, and it has been translated into several languages. He also produced several books on world history.

Mr. Kanski leaves behind his wife of over 42 years, Valerie Ann Shannan. The couple had no children.


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