At today's meeting of the new University Council of MedUni Vienna, it appointed Irene Virgolini as its new member. This central university management committee now has all five members in post. Eva Dichand was elected Chair and Thomas Zeltner Deputy Chair.
The other members are Brigitte Ettl and Reinhart Waneck. The University Council is appointed for a five-year term of office.
Media manager Eva Dichand has a doctorate in economics. After working in banking, consulting and other commercial sectors, she took up the position of editor and CEO of the daily newspaper "Heute" in 2005. She is CEO of the healthcare portal netdoktor.at.
Irene Virgolini is a full university Professor of Nuclear Medicine and Director of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria.
Reinhart Waneck is a consultant radiologist in Vienna. He gained his postdoctoral qualification in 1985 and became Director of the Radiology Department of the Sisters of Charity Hospital in Vienna, becoming Director of the same hospital in 1995. Between 2000 and 2004 he was State Secretary for Health within the "Federal Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs".
Brigitte Ettl is a specialist in internal medicine with additional qualifications in nephrology, endocrinology and critical care. Since 2007, she has been Medical Director of Hietzing Hospital with Rosenhügel Neurological Rehabilitation Center (Head of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical Risk Management at Hietzing Hospital). She is president of the Austrian Patient Safety Platform.
Thomas Zeltner is Honorary Professor of Public Health at the University of Berne. He is Special Envoy on financial matters for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva and was Secretary of Health in Switzerland from 1991 until 2009. He is co-founder of the Global Patient Safety Forum.