CPME Executive Committee

An Executive Committee is constituted within the Board. It comprises the President, four Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer. If not member of the Executive committee, the Past President of the Standing Committee sits on the Executive Committee in an advisory capacity during the Executive Committee’s first two years of office. He/she shall be replaced by the President Elect with the same powers and under the same conditions during the third year of the Executive Committee.

The members of the Executive Committee for 2013-2015 are:


Dr. Katrín FJELDSTED – PRESIDENT (Iceland)


Dr Katrín Fjeldsted was born 1946 in Reykjavík, Iceland. She completed her general practice training in 1979 (United Kingdom) after receiving her Medical Degree from the University of Iceland in 1973.

She has been a family physician at Efstaleiti Health Centre since 1980. She was the assistant Reykjavík City Medical Officer 1979-1980.

Her political, social and civic activities are as follows: Member of Reykjavík City Council 1982-1994, member of the City Executive Council 1986-1994, Chairman of the Icelandic College of Family Physicians 1995-1999, Member of Board of the Icelandic Medical Association 1997-1999, Head of the Icelandic delegation to CPME since 2000, elected internal auditor for the CPME in April 2001, re-elected 2003, elected CPME Vice President for 2006-2007, re-elected for 2008-2009 and elected treasurer 2010-2012. Member of Althingi for the Reykjavík constituency 1999-2003, Deputy parliamentarian 1995-1999 and 2003-2007, Member of the Standing Committee on Judicial and Ecclesiastical Affairs 1999-2003, Member of the Standing Committee on Health and Social Security 1999-2003, Member of the Standing Committee on the Environment 1999-2003, Substitute member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs 1999-2003.

Vice-Chairman of the Icelandic Delegation to the Western European Union Assembly 1999- 2003, Substitute member of the Icelandic EFTA-delegation since 1999-2003, Member of the Icelandic parliamentary delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 and 2000, Member of the Icelandic delegation to the U.N. conference on sustainable development in Johannesburg S-Africa in 2002.

She was also a book critic for the Morgunbladid daily newspaper for many years and translated (with Dr. Egilsson) the play Amadeus by Peter Shaffer in 1980.

She got married to Dr. Valgarður Egilsson in 1967. They have had 4 children, 3 of whom are alive. There are 6 grandchildren.


Dr. Heikki PÄLVE – VICE PRESIDENT (Finland)


Dr. Heikki PÄLVE was born in 1954. He graduated from the University of Turku in South-West Finland 1980, got his diploma in Anesthesia and Intensive Care in 1987 and Ph.D. in 1991.
Since 1988 he has acted as the senior lecturer in Anesthesia in Turku University and a specialist in the University hospital. He has special competency in Emergency Medicine and five years’ experience as a helicopter emergency physician. He has also worked in a private hospital as a consultant for 18 years and was a senior partner of the clinic from 2001 onwards until the clinic was sold 2004.

Dr. Pälve has been active in various organizations both in and outside of the medical profession. He has been a member of the Delegates Committee in the FMA 1986-1991 and again1994-2000, and the President of the FMA 2001-2003. During his presidency the FMA organized a nationwide, five month strike for better working conditions with good success. He was the member of the Board of the Specialist Organization of Finland 1991-1997 and of theAnesthetists in Finland for ten years and further he represented the Finnish Anesthesiologists in the UEMS section of anesthesiology 1993-2000. He was a member of the board of the Turku University 1992-1994. Dr. Pälve was elected the CEO of the FMA in 2005.
He is interested in the reforms and the structural questions of the health care. He also works on the field of collegiality, medical ethics and questions concerning the medical profession and profession.

Dr. Pälve has been active also in the politics. Currently he is a member of the City Council of Turku – the elected responsible political body of his home city. He is also a member of the board of a trade union confederation for those with university, professional or other high-level education(Akava).
Dr. Pälve is married to Anneli and they have two adult sons. He enjoys jogging and cross countryskiing and reading. In the summertime summerhouse, sauna and bright nights by the lake give meaning to the life.


Dr. Milan KUBEK – VICE PRESIDENT (Czech Republic)


Dr. Milan Kubek was born in Prague in 1968 where also graduated from the I. Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in 1992.
From 1992 to 2004, he was working in the hospital in Prague Vysočany first as a junior doctor at the department of internal medicine and after that as an independent consultant for angiology.
Since 2004 he has been running his private practice.

In 1995, Dr. Kubek was one of the founders of independent medical trade union.
From 1999 – 2006 he was the president of the Medical Trade Union (LOK). The LOK has organized many strikes and protest actions aiming at improvement of working conditions of the physicians in the Czech Republic.

In 2004 – 2009 Dr. Kubek held an office of the FEMS vice-president.
In January 2006 Dr. Kubek became the President of the Czech Medical Chamber.
Dr. Kubek became a vice-president of CPME for the 2010 – 2011 term. His goal is above all to preserve CPME as a unifying organization of all physicians, which will in close cooperation with other European Medical Organizations defend their interests at the European level and towards the EU institutions and at the same time support its members at the national level.
Dr. Kubek lives in Prague and is a content husband and a happy father of three daughters.


Dr. Jacques DE HALLER – VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT ELECT 2016-2018 (Switzerland)


Dr. Jacques de Haller was born in 1952; he graduated from Geneva University Faculty of Medicine in 1978 and specialized in General Medicine (1983). He worked as a GP in Geneva for 21 years (1983-2004).

He became President of the Swiss Association of General Practitioners for 4 years, in 2000.

In 2004, he was elected President of the Swiss National Medical Association, until December 2012.

During his 8-year mandate, he developed the Association  –  representing 97% of the Swiss doctors  –  into becoming one of the major political lobbies in Switzerland. Correct tarification, limitation of administrative burden on physicians, hurdle free access for all patients to the needed medical care, and the preservation of a patient-doctor relationship (the core of medicine!) free of state or insurance interventions, were the main accents of his national presidency.

He was elected Vice-President of CPME in June 2012.

He spends his time off at a very quiet spot, an old house in the countryside near Lausanne.


Dr. Istvan EGER – VICE PRESIDENT (Hungary)


Dr. István Éger was born in 1956 in Budapest, Hungary.

He graduated from the Medical Faculty of Semmelweis University in Budapest in 1981. He got his diploma in otorhinolaryngology in 1986 and in general practicioning in 1996. In 2001 he graduated  from the College of the Semmelweis University and got a qualification as a health manager. From 1981 to 1987 he worked in several hospitals as an otorhinolaryngologist. Since 1987 he has been working as a GP in two small villages in the west part of Hungary and also as an emergency physician (oxiologyst) at the Hungarian National Ambulance Emergency Service.

His health policy activity started in 1992 when he became a county chairman of the Association of Rural Family Physicians. From 1997-1999 he was the secretary general and from 1999-2003 the president of this association. Since 1998 he has been active in the Hungarian Medical Chamber as a member of one of the County Ethical Committees. He has been elected president of HMC since 2003. Currently, he is in his third presidental period which is terminated till the end of 2015.

During his mandate, he makes it a priority to work on improvement of work and life conditions of Hungarian collegaues and protection of traditional unified public health insurance system in Hungary. He has been always fighting with the current government for improving healthcare conditions in the interest of patients.

In 2012 he was elected CPME vice-president  for the period of 2013-2015.

As a Father of five children (one adult daughter and four partly adult sons) he and his wife most enjoy listening to classical music, reading, travelling and leisure activities.


Prof. Dr. Frank Ulrich MONTGOMERY – TREASURER (Germany)


Prof. Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery was born in 1952. He graduated from Hamburg University in 1979 after medical studies in Hamburg and Sydney.

He is working as a consultant in Radiology at the University Hospital in Hamburg.

Montgomery chaired the “Marburger Bund”, the professional organisation of the hospital-based, employed physicians of Germany from 1989 – 2007. Under his leadership this organisation made tremendous progress in representing hospital doctors. Over 100.000 of the 145.000 hospital doctors of Germany are now members of the Marburger Bund. He is very involved in working-time matters and in negotiating wages and salaries. The success of the recent strike-actions in Germany (2005 + 2006) and the improvement of doctors wages are largely attributed to him.

Montgomery was also on the board of the Bundesärztekammer from 1987 to 1994.  Then from 1994 until 2002 he was elected President of the Hamburger Ärztekammer, an office which he regained in 2006. In 2007 he was elected Vice-President of the Bundesärztekammer. In 2011 he as elected President of the Bundesärztekammer.

Elected CPME vice-president for 2008-2009 and re-elected for 2010-2011

His main political interests are health-care financing and structural questions of the organisations of health-care. He is also very engaged in all ethical matters related to the medical profession.

As a Father of two children he and his wife most enjoy relaxing in their summer-house on the Swedish west-coast.


Dr. Konstanty RADZIWILL – IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT (Poland)


Dr Konstanty Radziwill was born in 1958 in Wroclaw, Poland. He graduated from Medical University in Warsaw, Poland in 1983.

Since 1984 he has been working as a primary care physician in Warsaw.  From 1983 till 1991 he worked also in emergency and occupational medicine; since 2005 he has been a lecturer in the Family Medicine Department of the Medical University of Warsaw. In 1996 he set up his private practice in family medicine in Warsaw.
He is a family medicine specialist. He finished his Postgraduate Faculty of Bioethics in the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University of Warsaw and Postgraduate Faculty of Health Care Economics in Warsaw University.
He is a member of College of Family Physicians in Poland and Polish Society of Family Medicine.

Since 1993 he has been active in the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists, of which he was the president from 2001 to the beginning of 2010 (he now is a vice-president). During his mandate, he made it a priority to work on medical ethics, medical CPD, health care system reform in Poland, implementation of the acquis communautaire in Poland when entering to the EU.
He was a chairman of the Ethics and professional codes subcommittee of the CPME for 2004 and 2005 and CPME vice-president for 2008 and 2009.

He is a happy father of four daughters and four sons and a grandfather of two granddaughters.