The Health Council of the Netherlands consists of 111 members, all from scientific or healthcare circles. A good balance between the various disciplines is required at the composition of the Council. The members are appointed by Royal Decree.

  • Prof. W.A. van Gool, Neurology, President of the Health Council of the Netherlands
  • Prof. J.M. Geleijnse, Epidemiology, Vice President of the Health Council of the Netherlands

Honorary members

  • Prof. I.D. de Beaufort
  • Prof. J.G.A.J. Hautvast
  • Prof. J.A. Knottnerus
  • Prof. D. Kromhout
  • Prof. G.J. Mulder
  • Prof. E.J. Ruitenberg
  • Prof. J.J. Sixma
  • Prof. H.K.A. Visser



  • Prof. T. van Achterberg, Quality Issues in Patient Care
  • Dr. E.E.M. Adang, Health Economy
  • Prof. A. Aleman, Neuropsychology


  • Prof. S.J.L. Bakker, Internal Medicine, Nephrology
  • M.W.H. van Beek, clinical geriatrics
  • Dr. E. Beers, clinical pharmacology
  • Prof. J. Berkhof, epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Dr. P.J.E. Bindels, General Practice
  • Prof. E.E. Blaak, Human Physiology
  • Prof. T.A. Boer, ethics
  • Prof. P.A. van den Brandt, Epidemiology
  • Prof. J. Brug, Human Nutrition, Epidemiology
  • Prof. B. Brunekreef, Environmental Epidemiology
  • Prof. A. Burdorf, Environmental Hygiene


  • Prof. S le Cessie, Statistics, especially Statistical Methodos of Observational Epidemiological Research
  • Prof. M.C. Cornel, Medicine, Epidemiology


  • Prof. O.M. Dekker, Epiodemilogy, Endocrinology
  • A.C. de Die, Law
  • Prof. F.J.H. van Dijk, Work and Health
  • Prof. W.J. Dondorp, Medical Ethics
  • Dr. G.A. Donker, Medicine, Epidemiology
  • Dr. J.H.H.M. Dorscheidt, Health Law
  • Dr. Y. Drewes, Health Law


  • Dr. P.J.M. Elders, family medicine and elderly care
  • Prof. J.W. Erisman, Biology


  • Prof. C.G. Figdor, Tumor immunology
  • Prof. C.G. Friedrich, Medical Microbiology


  • Prof. H.F.L. Garretsen, Public Health, Health Care Policy
  • Prof. S.A. Geerlings, internal medicine
  • Dr. C.H. van Gils, Cancer Epidemiology
  • Prof. J.B. van Goudoever, Neonatology
  • Dr. J. Groeneweg, Safety, Risk Management
  • Dr. R. Groenwold, clinical epidemiology
  • Prof. J. Gussekloo, Medicine


  • Prof. G.A. den Hartogh, Medical Ethics
  • Dr. N.G. Hartwig, Paediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. P.J van den Hazel, Environmental Medicine, Epidemiology, Risk Assessment
  • Dr. A.C. Hendriks, Dutch Law and Political Sciences
  • Prof. R.C.M. Hennekam, Paediatrics
  • Prof. C.J.P.A. Hoebe, Infectious Diseases Control
  • Dr. J.A.R. van den Hoek, Infectious Diseases Control, Epidemiology
  • Prof. dr. J.B.L. Hoekstra, Internal Medicine
  • Prof. A.W. Hoes, Clinical Epidemiology
  • Prof. M. Hopman, Physiology
  • Prof. K. Horstman, Physiology, Sociology, Health Care Antropology
  • Dr. R. Houba, Occupational Hygiene
  • Dr. A. Huss, Environmental Epidemiology


  • Dr. J.A. Iestra, Dietetics


  • Prof. E. Kampman, Nutrition, Epidemiology
  • Prof. J.E.E. Keunen, Ophtalmology
  • Prof. dr. S. Kremers, Health Promotion
  • Dr. E.D. Kroese, toxicology/researching alternatives to animal testing
  • Prof. H. Kromhout, Environmental Hygiene
  • Prof. B.J. Kullberg, Antibiotics Use
  • C.F. Kuper, PhD, toxicological pathology


  • Prof. I.M. van Langen, Clinical Genetics
  • Prof. R. Leemans, Environmental System Analysis
  • Prof. C. Leget, Medical Ethics, Health Care Ethics
  • Prof. H. van Loveren, Immunotoxicology


  • Prof. R.C. van der Mast, Medicine
  • Dr. R.M. Meertens, Risk Perception, Risk Communication
  • Dr. F.J. Meijman, Family Medicine, Public Health Communication
  • Prof. R.P. Mensink, Molecular Nutrition
  • Prof. B.J.C. Middelkoop, Public Health
  • Prof. K.G.M. Moons, Clinical Epidemiology


  • Prof. G.J. Navis, Nephrology
  • Prof. J.G. Nijhuis, Medicine


  • Prof. J. Oosterlaan, Paediatrics


  • Dr. R.H.M. Pierik, Philosophy of Law
  • Dr. M.C. Ploem, Health Law
  • Prof. K. Postema, Prosthesis and Orthesis Use


  • Prof. S.A. Reijneveld, Public Health, Epidemiology
  • J.J. Rijken, health law
  • Dr. G.B.G.J. van Rooy, Occupational Medicine
  • Prof. F.G.M. Russel, Pharmacy
  • Prof. D. Ruwaard, Society and Health, Epidemiology


  • Prof. H.F.J. Savelkoul, Biology
  • Prof. M.J. Schalij, Cardiology
  • Dr. F.E. Scheepers, Psychiatry
  • Prof. M.H.N. Schermer, Medicine, Philosophy
  • Prof. I. Schipper, Trauma Surgery
  • Prof. J.M.G.A. Schols, Geriatrics
  • Prof. F.J. van Schooten, Genetic and Molecular Toxicology
  • Prof. J.L. Severens, Health Sciences
  • Prof. J.G. Sijmons, Health Law, Administrative and Civil Law
  • Dr. J.P. van der Sluijs, Environmental and Natural Sciences
  • Dr. L.A. Smit, environmental epidemiology
  • Dr. R.T. van Strien, Environmental Epidemiology
  • Prof. B.H.Ch. Stricker, Medicine
  • Prof. K. Stronks, Social Epidemiology
  • Prof. T. Swierstra, Philosophy


  • Dr. G.J.M.W. van Thiel, Medical Ethics
  • Prof. B.C.A. Toebes, international law, health law, human rights
  • Dr. J.J. van Tol-Geerdink, medical biology


  • Prof. C.A. Uyl-de Groot, Health Technology Assessment, Efficiency Research


  • Dr. S. van de Vathorst, Medical Ethics
  • Prof. P. van ’t Veer, Nutrition, Epidemiology
  • Dr. R.C.H. Vermeulen, Environmental and Molecular Epidemiology and Exposure Science
  • Prof. L. Verschaeve, Biology
  • Prof. M. Visser, Nutrition and Health
  • E. Vlaanderen, youth health care
  • E. van Vliet-Lachotzki, Patiënt’s Perspective: Ethics, Genetics and Perinatal Care
  • Prof. M.C. Vries, medical ethics


  • Prof. C. Wagner, Patient Safety
  • Prof. F.C.M. Wegman, Road Safety
  • Prof. A.P. van Wezel, Risk Assessment Chemical Water Quality and Health
  • Prof. J.H.J. Wokke, Neurology
  • prof. dr. F. Woudenberg, Living Environment


  • Prof. T. van Yperen, Quality (effectiveness) Youth Care System


  • Prof. G. A. Zielhuis, Health Sciences
  • Prof. M.H. Zwietering, Food Microbiology