Marko Petrovic

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2457
  1. Lorraine Lighton, Diane Fiefield, Barbara Isalska

Marko Petrovic was born in the UK to Serbian refugees and was immensely proud of his Balkan heritage. After graduation he worked in surgery and then trained in public health in Wales, where he made an important contribution to the national response to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) scare. As consultant in communicable disease control in Greater Manchester, his great passion was tuberculosis, and he developed a deep and expert knowledge on all aspects of the disease. He worked tirelessly with clinicians, nurses, and epidemiologists across the country to reduce the incidence of TB, improve patient care, and control outbreaks. In recent years he undertook research for an MD into the immunology of TB. Although ill health meant he was unable to complete his thesis, he published several papers that have advanced understanding of the disease. He was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer in the summer of 2013. Despite significant discomfort, he continued with his MD and worked part time, dialling into a TB strategy meeting only 10 days before he died. He was so committed and prolific that many colleagues outside the health protection team were unaware how ill he was.

He was supported in his illness by his family, his faith, and his colleagues. He leaves his wife, Danica; a son; and a daughter.


Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2457


  • Consultant in communicable disease control Greater Manchester Centre, Public Health England (b 1963; q Barts 1986; FRCS, FFPHM), died from cancer of the prostate 13 March 2015.

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