Honorary Members

A Very Special Honorary Member

As we know, the International Federation was established in 1968 at the 5th International Congress on Medical Records in Stockholm, Sweden under the leadership of Elsie Royle Mansell (UK) and Mary Rose (USA). In the early years, there were people, outside the profession, who believed in what we stood for and strongly supported us as we progressed to the strong international association we are today. One very special person, is Dr Boga Skrinjar, who was Chief, Development of Health Statistical Services, at WHO, Geneva.  In 1968, Dr Skrinjar spoke at the 5th International Congress, in support of Elsie Royle Mansell, in urging members to form an international organization. This was the beginning of a strong liaison between WHO and IFHIMA, which is still with us today.  In 1976, Dr. Skrinjar outlined the work of WHO in relation to medical records and how the two organisations could work together. She stressed the need to: use the medical record to its full capacity; give particular attention to health records outside hospitals; and particularly the need for the education and support of medical record personnel in developing countries. In 1984 she became IFHIMA’s second Honorary member,

When Boga Skrinjar celebrated her 99th Birthday on 14th July this year, I wanted to remind members that we are indebted to her for so much and wish her well in her 99th year.

Author:  Phyllis Watson, AM

IFHIMA Honorary Member

Reference:  Watson PJ (2019) IFMRO to IFHRO to IFHIMA: An Historical Overview- 1949 – 2019: HIMAA Ltd.

Dr Boga Skrinjar – July 2021           Munich 1996


Year Awarded Individual Country WHO Region
2019 Lorraine Nicholson United Kingdom Europe
2019 Yukiko Yokobori Japan Western Pacific
2016 Joon-Hyun Hong Republic of Korea Western Pacific
2010 Carol Lewis, MPH, RHIA United States of America Americas
2010 Ulli Hoffman* Germany Europe
1993 Dr. Phyllis A. Watson Australia Western Pacific
1988 Ruth Zwick* Germany Europe
1984 Dr. Boga Skrinjar Switzerland WHO
1979 Elsie Royle Mansell* United Kingdom Europe

Lorraine Nicholson

Year Awarded: 2019
Country: United Kingdom
WHO Region: Europe

Yukiko Yokobori

Year Awarded: 2019
Country: Japan
WHO Region: Western Pacific

Joon-Hyun Hong

Year Awarded: 2016
Country: Republic of Korea
WHO Region: Western Pacific

Carol Lewis, MPH, RHIA

Year Awarded: 2010
Country: United States of America
WHO Region: Americas

Ulli Hoffman

Year Awarded: 2010
Country: Germany
WHO Region: Europe

Dr. Phyliss A Watson

Year Awarded: 1993
Country: Australia
WHO Region: Western Pacific

Ruth Zwick*

Year Awarded: 1988
Country: Germany
WHO Region: Europe

Dr. Boga Skrinjar*

Year Awarded: 1984
Country: Switzerland
WHO Region: WHO

Elsie Royle Mansell*

Year Awarded: 1979
Country: United Kingdom
WHO Region: Europe


IFHIMA awards Honorary Member status per our Constitution. An Honorary Member is “An individual who has earned exceptional merit in furthering the goals and interests of the Federation.” We congratulate these individuals on their commitment and service to the Federation.


Lorraine Nicholson and Yukiko Yokobori, 2019 Honorary Members.

Read more about Lorraine Nicholson here & Yukiko Yokobori here