Victor Lee Kovner, MD, FACP
Victor L. Kovner, MD, of Bonsall, California, passed away on December 12, 2011, surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage at Palomar Pomerado Hospital. He was 76 years old and practiced medicine for 49 years.
Dr. Kovner lived a full life. Aside from being regarded as a highly respected diagnostician, medical expert and a leader in hospice care, Dr. Kovner was known as an exceptionally compassionate man, with an infectious sense of humor, and a never-ending desire to learn. He was also a life-long cowboy and animal lover.
Passionately devoted to pain management and end-of-life care, Dr. Kovner established the hospice at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He also developed the palliative care department at Palomar Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Elizabeth Hospice team in Escondido.
Shortly after graduating medical school, Dr. Kovner joined the Peace Corps Public Health Service and was assigned to Caracas, Venezuela, where he helped local communities achieve better public health practices. This experience inspired Dr. Kovner to include tropical disease in his internal medicine practice in Studio City. He was also a published author in the medical community’s most respected journals, and a frequent contributor to travel sections of daily newspapers, magazines, and websites.
Dr. Kovner served on the board of directors of Reins, a therapeutic horseback riding program in Fallbrook, dedicated to helping people with disabling conditions, including autism, through interaction with horses and horseback riding. He volunteered with Survivors of Torture International, offering free medical services to people who have endured torture in their home countries. Dr. Kovner was a founding member of the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI), an advocacy group that helps people manage pain as a result of cancer.
Dr. Kovner is survived by his wife of 34 years, Donna Kovner, and three children: Lisa Kovner, Nina Kovner and Victor Lee Kovner III, in addition to four dogs, four horses, an Amazon Yellow Nape parrot, two goats and eight chickens.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dr. Kovner’s name to the causes he worked most passionately for:
Reins Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program
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Survivors of Torture International
The Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation (Chapel Fund)
Designate the Chapel Fund as the beneficiary
Born: October 6, 1935
Place of Birth: California
Death: December 12, 2011
Place of Death: Palamar Medical Center
Organizations: Reins Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, Elizabeth Hospice, Survivors of Torture International, The Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation
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