European Union of Private Hospitals

UEHP presents its 2023-2025 Board members

Dr. Paul Garassus, France

Dr. Paul Garassus was unanimously re-elected in a vote held on 3.02.23, in Frankfurt am Main. Dr. Garassus is a physician, a neurologist by training and an economist. He has been President of the UEHP since 2015. He is also Secretary General of the French Society for Health Economics (SFES) and President of the Scientific Council of the BAQIMEHP (Institute for Quality and Economic Analysis for the Private Health Sector). He is also an advisor to the OECD.

He has been representing the private hospital sector at European level since 2008. His teaching, training and research activities, in collaboration with several universities and institutions, are devoted to the themes of health financing, health economics, risk management education, health innovation, quality and technology assessment, among others.

He actively participates in the work of medical and industrial health professionals on the financing and regulation of health systems in Europe. His publications focus on recent developments in Europe concerning hospital structures, private investment in health care and market access in France. In addition, Dr Garassus is very involved in the field of health data in Europe and is a strong advocate of green hospitals.

Invited to major international meetings, Dr Paul Garassus is in direct contact with EU officials and policy makers, health economics academics and the industry. Recent international developments have highlighted the need to develop connections at European level to share best practices, quality incentives in hospital payment reforms and, more recently, the quality of working conditions.


Oscar Gaspar, Portugal

Oscar Gaspar has a degree in economics and a postgraduate degree in public management. He began his professional activity in investment and commercial banking. He was Chief of Staff for the Portuguese Secretary of State for the Budget

Oscar Gaspar worked as Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister from 2005 to 2009 and Secretary of State for Health from 2009 to 2011. For two years and until August 2016, he was External Affairs Director of Merck Sharp & Dohme – Portugal.

Oscar Gaspar is currently the President of the Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP), member of the Board of the Confederation of Portuguese Business (CIP) and Vice President of the National Strategic Health Council of CIP. He is also member of the Portuguese Economic and Social Council and of the National Health Council. On the initiative of Oscar Gaspar, the APHP has launched the European Private Hospital Awards in Lisbon in 2022. He has been appointed by the General Assembly as UEHP Vice-president for a second term.

Jens Wernick, Germany

Jens Wernick is a lawyer and founder of his own law firm in Munich. For more than 25 years, Jens Wernick has advised hospitals, doctors and other health care providers on all legal aspects of medical and business activities. Jens Wernick worked on many publications, in particular on process cost accounting in hospitals, on the reorganization of hospitals and on risk management.

From 2001 to 2006, he was part-time Managing Director of the Association of Private Hospitals in Bavaria. Since 2006 he is an active Board member of the European Association of Private Hospitals (UEHP), and is currently serving his fifth term as UEHP Vice-President.


Cristian Hotoboc, Romania

Cristian Hotoboc graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of International Economic Relations, in 2000. Since 2007, he is President of the Association of Private Medical Service Providers (PALMED). PALMED supports Romanian private health providers, as well as the right of patients to access quality medical services at an affordable price. Since 2010, he is also President of the Alliance for Health in Romania. He has been an active member of the Board of the European Union of Private Hospitals (UEHP) and is starting his first term as Board Secretary.


Guy Nervo, Monaco

Guy Nervo graduated from business school and entered the health sector at the age of 25. Since 1989, he has been the director of the Cardio-Thoracic Centre of Monaco, an autonomous private hospital, hyper-specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of cardio-thoracic and vascular pathologies and at the cutting edge of technology, of which he is currently the CEO.

He is also actively involved in the life of the Principality of Monaco through various organizations: Economic, Social and Environmental Council, Federation of Entrepreneurs, Strategic Council for Attractiveness, Pension Fund. He has represented Monaco’s private institutions for almost 20 years within the UEHP and is currently its treasurer.


Eleni Androni, Greece

Piotr Gerber, Poland

Piotr Gerber graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Wrocław University of Technology in 1982. In 1996, he obtained a PhD in Science (doctoral dissertation on the development of industrial architecture). He is involved, as an architect and manager, in hospital renovation projects, including the renovation of historic hospitals. Piotr Gerber is member of the Board of UEHP since many years.

Mag. Stefan Günther, Austria

Stefan Günther Studied business administration in Graz. He is the Managing Director of Hospitals Projektentwicklungsges.m.b.H. specialized in Finance, human resources, organisational and project development. He is the Secretary General of the Association of Austrian Private Hospitals and sits on the Board of UEHP since 2015.

Prof. Gabriele Pelissero, Italy

Prof. Gabriele Pelissero is Professor of Hygiene and Healthcare Management at the University of Pavia in Italy.

He is Member of the Board of directors of the European Union of Private Hospitals (UEHP), Past President of the Italian Association of Private Hospitals (AIOP), President of the Lombardy Cluster for Life sciences, Vice President of the Italian Association of Hospital management Practitioners, President of the “Sanità Futura” Foundation, President of “Confindustria Lombardia Sanità e Servizi”, President of the Lombardy Academy for Public Health and Coordinator of the Conference of the University Lecturers in Hygiene.

He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications in national and international journals, of Scientific Treatises and Monographs on healthcare planning and organization. His scientific activity mainly concerns Epidemiology, Healthcare planning and management, the evaluation of health systems and services.

Luis Mendicuti, Spain

Luis Mendicuti has a degree in Law and Business Administration from the University of Alicante and a Master’s Degree in Health Law from the CEU San Pablo University. Between 2016 and 2019 he was responsible for the Legal Department of ASPE (Spanish Private Health Alliance).- Afterwards, he worked as a legal advisor in OMC (Organización Médica Colegial), the public law corporation for the co-regulation of the Spanish medical profession. Since October 2021, he is the Secretary General of ASPE. Luis Mendicuti is also a member of the Board of Directors of CEOE (Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations) and Secretary General of Spaincares, a health tourism cluster

Béatrice Noëllec, France

Béatrice Noëllec is currently the Director of Institutional Relations and Social Watch of the French Federation of Private Hospitalisation (FHP). She is also General Delegate of the Fondation des Usagers du Système de Santé, which promotes health democracy and the recognition of the place and role of patients, hosted by the Fondation de France. She has worked in many institutions, such as the National Assembly and the European Parliament, and has been an advisor to the Minister Roselyne Bachelot in the different ministries she has been in charge of: ecology and sustainable development, health, and solidarity/social cohesion.

Kostas Stergiopoulos, Greece

Kostas Stergiopoulos is Chief Operating Officer of the Hellenic healthcare group Metropolitan Hospital and advisor of the board of Aktios, a UK based chain, operating nursing home facilities in Europe. He also held several leading positions in the health care sector in Greece.

During his 18-year stay in the US, he served in executive positions in large private and public hospitals and taught statistics and informatics at the University of Texas. He holds a MBA in Business Information System, and degrees in Psychology and Mathematics from the University of Texas at El Paso. He was recently trained as a DPO for the General Data Protection Regulations.

Kostas Stergiopoulos sits on the Boards of the Greek Private Hospital Association and of UEHP.