CPME Executive Committee

20160120-CPME-0002An 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 2016-2018 are:


Dr Jacques DE HALLER – PRESIDENT (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 FMH, until December 2012.

During his 8½ -year mandate, he developed the association – representing 97% of the Swiss doctors – into becoming one of the major political lobbies in Switzerland. Correct tariffication, 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 in his view, 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 Patrick ROMESTAING – VICE PRESIDENT (France)


Dr Patrick Romestaing was born in 1950 in France.

He has been working as an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon in hospital and liberal practice since 1982 in Lyon, France.

Since January 2015, he has been the CPME Head of Delegation for the French Medical Council (Conseil National de l’Ordre des Médecins).

The French Medical Council (CNOM) is a private body entrusted with a public service mission representing all doctors. The CNOM compulsorily brings together all doctors entitled to practice.

Since 2000, Dr Romestaing has been the President of the Departmental Council of Medical Order of Rhône, which has 10,000 doctors registered. In 2007, he was elected to the French Medical Council. He was President of the CNOM Public Health and Demography Department from 2009 to 2013.

Since June 2013, he has been Vice-President of the French Medical Council in charge of the Communication Department.

Dr Romestaing has been active at the European and International levels since 2009 when he joined the CNOM International Delegation.

In addition, in 2010, he co-created the Joint CEOM, UEMS and FEMS European Observatory of Medical Demography and became in 2015, an expert of the European Joint Action network of experts on health workforce planning and forecasting.

He was Acting General Secretary of the European Council of Medical Orders (CEOM) in 2014.

Finally, in 2012, he became an active member of the French Delegation to the World Medical Association. Since then he participates to its statutory and working group meetings.


Prof. Dr Rutger Jan VAN DER GAAG – VICE PRESIDENT (The Netherlands)


Rutger Jan van der Gaag MD PhD Hon.FRCPsych (1950) grew up in England and France. In 1968 he moved to the Netherlands where he studied medicine in Utrecht. He graduated as an MD 1975 and accomplished his PhD in 1993.

After military service and a training as a General Practitioner, he specialized in psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry. He qualified as consultant in 1982. After 14 years as a member of the staff at the University Medical Centre Utrecht, he became director of Training at Meerkanten GGz in Ermelo. There he pursued his research activities in the field of Developmental Psychopathology.

Since 2002 he is  professor of psychiatry (child & adolescent), director of training and research fellow at the University Medical Centre St. Radboud and Karakter University Centre for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (the Netherlands).

His research topics are developmental disorders (Autism – ADHD), addiction and service development and health policies and gender and social determinants of health. He has published over a hundred articles and book chapters on these topics. He holds guest professorships in Belgium, France and is advisor to many Autism Societies all over the world. He is a reviewer for the highest impact journals in his field.

In 2008 he was elected President of the Netherlands Psychiatric Association. He member of the Board of European Psychiatric Association. He has been elected member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1989) and the American Psychiatric Association (2002). His is a visiting scholar to Yale Child Study Centre. He serves as an advisor to the European Mental Health branches of the WHO and to the World Psychiatric Association.

As from January 2013 he is president of the Royal Dutch Medical Association until the end of 2016. He is Council Member of the World Medical Association and as from January 2016 he serves as Vice-President of the Comité Permanent des Médecins Européens (CPME).


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.


Dr Bernard MAILLET – VICE PRESIDENT (Belgium)


Dr Bernard Maillet graduated from the Antwerp University as an MD and did his postgraduate training in Surgical Pathology at the Academic Hospital of the Free University of Brussels (VUB).

During his training, his research topic was the pathology of the gastro-enterologic tract and more precisely the pancreas under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. Günter Klöppel. Soon he was involved in the Professional Organisation of Pathology in Belgium, first as a member of the Board and then as one of the Secretaries. This was the introduction for involvement in the Belgian Medical Specialist Organisation GBS-VBS, first as a delegate for the Pathologists in the General Assembly, then as a Deputy Secretary-General and now he is the Treasurer of the VBS-GBS.  This organisation proposed Dr. Bernard Maillet as candidate Secretary-General for the UEMS in 2002. He has been reelected since then by the UEMS Council until October 2011.

Since then he has been proposed as International Affairs Officer for BVAS-ABSyM and with this capacity also Head of Delegation representing Belgium in the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), the World Medical Association (WMA) as well as the European Forum of Medical Associations (EFMA) for the ABSyM-BVAS and the CNOM-NROG.

At CPME Dr Maillet is Vice-Chair of the Working Group on eHealth and was elected CPME Vice-President for the upcoming Executive committee mandate 2016-2018.  Dr. Maillet was elected at the Warsaw Counsil of the UEMS as the Treasurer for the upcoming Executive committee mandate 2016-2019.


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 Katrín FJELDSTED – IMMEDIATE PAST 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 worked as a family physician at Efstaleiti Health Clinic 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 and they have 6 grandchildren.