BMed (Hons), FRACP, PhD, Grad Dip MRI

Paul Bird has over twenty years’ experience in treating rheumatic disease, with particular expertise in Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis. Professor Bird received his medical degree with Honours from the University of Newcastle, and he completed his physician and rheumatology training in Sydney. Pursuing research alongside clinical medicine and patient care, he completed a PhD in 2005 examining MRI in Rheumatoid arthritis, and a Graduate Diploma in MRI. He continues to undertake arthritis research with fellow Australian rheumatologists and with international colleagues.

He has held Staff Specialist roles at both St George Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital and a visiting medical officer position at Griffith Base Hospital, where he managed a rural rheumatology clinic from 1999-2005.  He continues to teach medical students and postgraduates as part of his commitment to medical education.

In addition to his clinical practice Dr Bird is the Director of Optimus Clinical Research, a facility dedicated to pursuing trials of the latest developments in rheumatology. Part of review boards for several large international medical journals, he spends time reviewing research and publications, keeping up to date with the most recent medical advances.

As part of his commitment to optimising rheumatology treatments, he is member of the OPAL group directorate, a dedicated group of clinicians pursuing exploration of better delivery of rheumatology care through clinician driven research.

Internationally recognised as a specialist in rheumatic disease and imaging, he is the current Chair of the International Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research association and actively participates in national and international rheumatology research.

Prof. Paul Bird

BMed (Hons), FRACP, PhD, Grad Dip MRI

Paul Bird has over twenty years’ experience in treating rheumatic disease, with particular expertise in Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis. Professor Bird received his medical degree with Honours from the University of Newcastle, and he completed his physician and rheumatology training in Sydney. Pursuing research alongside clinical medicine and patient care, he completed a PhD in 2005 examining MRI in Rheumatoid arthritis, and a Graduate Diploma in MRI. He continues to undertake arthritis research with fellow Australian rheumatologists and with international colleagues.

He has held Staff Specialist roles at both St George Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital and a visiting medical officer position at Griffith Base Hospital, where he managed a rural rheumatology clinic from 1999-2005.  He continues to teach medical students and postgraduates as part of his commitment to medical education.

In addition to his clinical practice Dr Bird is the Director of Optimus Clinical Research, a facility dedicated to pursuing trials of the latest developments in rheumatology. Part of review boards for several large international medical journals, he spends time reviewing research and publications, keeping up to date with the most recent medical advances.

As part of his commitment to optimising rheumatology treatments, he is member of the OPAL group directorate, a dedicated group of clinicians pursuing exploration of better delivery of rheumatology care through clinician driven research.

Internationally recognised as a specialist in rheumatic disease and imaging, he is the current Chair of the International Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research association and actively participates in national and international rheumatology research.

COVID-19 information

We remain open for business as usual, and continuing to monitor the Covid 19 pandemic to ensure the safety of your our staff and patients.

We have made the following changes to our COVID-19 safety protocols.

We ask that if you plan to attend the clinic, that you wear a mask.

As of (24/7/20), this is the advice from the NSW Government.
Our reception staff are protected behind Shields and therefore do not need to wear mask, but our doctors will wear a mask during the consultation.
Please do not attend the clinic if you have any symptoms such as cough, fever or sore throat.
Please try to attend the clinic alone if possible, but it is necessary for a family member to join you for the consultation please bring one family member only.