Dr. David Ponka is the Director of the Besrour Centre (BC), College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). He has served as the BC Research Director and is the Chair of the Besrour Centre Advisory Council.
Dr. Ponka is a family doctor in Ottawa, where he is also an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has extensive experience in caring for vulnerable and migrant populations in Canada and abroad in nations such as Haiti, Chad and Panama.
He has served as a Medical Advisor to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and is a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Knowledge Translation and Health Technology Assessment in Health Equity.
David earned his medical degree from McGill, holds a CCFP(EM) and FCFP, and has a Master of Science degree in International Primary Care from the University of London. He is also fluent in French.
David feels lucky to be fulfilling his role from Ottawa, where he is happily settled and raising three girls (7, 4, and 2).