Dr. István MIKOLA
Dr. Mikola was born in Veszprém, Hungary, on 8 September 1947. He graduated from the Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, as a doctor of medicine in 1972, and in 1991 obtained a certificate in Medical Organization and Hospital Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Washington, USA.
Dr. Mikola practised as a medical doctor until the early nineteen nineties and then became the General Director of hospitals in Ajka and in Budapest. During the nineteen nineties he held various key positions in the health sector, including serving as Ministerial Commissioner to the National Health Insurance Fund, President of the Hungarian Hospital Association, Member of the Board of the Medical Research Council, Director of the Canadian Health Care Management Institute, Director General of the Public Health Service (Budapest Office) and Vice President of the International Hospital Federation. In 2001, Dr. Mikola was appointed as Minister of Health of the Republic of Hungary. In 2002 he became Scientific Adviser to the Hungarian Academy of Science and President of the Hungarian Health Society.
From 2006 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OECD he was a member of the Hungarian Parliament, serving also as Chairman of the Committee on Health Affairs of the Parliament from 2010.
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