Paul Bird, MD, PhD



Professional info


Associate Professor Paul Bird is a Rheumatologist in private practice and a Conjoint A/Professor at the University of New South Wales. In addition to his clinical duties, he is the Director of Optimus Clinical Research, a clinical research center undertaking Phase 2, 3 and 4 trials of novel agents for the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (RMIT University) and his PhD thesis (University of NSW) examined the feasibility, reliability and validity of MRI as an outcome measure in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).


He maintains ongoing participation in research projects examining the application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in inflammatory arthritis and is an active core member of the OMERACT international MRI imaging.  In addition, he is a current member of GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis).


He continues to participate in national and international MRI rheumatology studies, advising on MRI protocols and contributing as a reader in multi-reader international studies.


A/Professor Bird is actively involved in undergraduate education, as a lecturer and examiner for students undertaking a medical degree at UNSW.  He is a co-supervisor for postgraduates, including national and international PhD candidates.


He is an active reviewer for Arthritis and Rheumatology, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Journal of Rheumatology, Rheumatology (Oxford), Arthritis Care and Research, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism.

His current research interests are the use of MRI in rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, and the development of automated computerised techniques for measurement of activity and damage progression in RA. 

2010 - present

2010 - present