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Biography


Date of birth

Durango, 14 February 1943

Professional Background

  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery (1966, Salamanca)
  • Doctorate 'cum laude' (1971, Salamanca)
  • "Assistant Etranger' at Broussais Hospital, University of Paris (1971-1972)
  • Specialist in Radiology and Cardiology.
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Radiology at the University of the Basque Country (since 1973).
  • Associate Doctor at the Hospital de Cruces since 1973. Subsequently, Head of Department and since 1986, Head of Radiology Unit.
  • In 1979, Chair of the Board of Hospitals of the Bizkaia Medical Association.
  • In 1981, Director of the Hospital de Cruces.

Political Posts

  • In June 1982, Director of Hospitals of the Basque Government.
  • From 1983 to 1987, Director General of Osakidetza (Basque Health Service).
  • From July 1989 to February 1991, Director-Secretary of the Presidency of the Basque Government.
  • From February 1991 to May 1999, Health Minister of the Basque Government.
  • From July 1999 to March 2014, Mayor of Bilbao.
  • President of Eurocities from 22 October 1999 to 27 October 2000.
  • From June 2005 to June 2009, President of the International Association Cities and Ports.
  • Awarded the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Health by the Minister for Health and Consumer Affairs on 31 January 2000.
  • Official of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic (January 2011)

Works and Publications

  • Over 100 articles and communications in the speciality of Cardiovascular Radiology, in: Journal of the Spanish Society of Radiology; Journal of the Spanish Society of Cardiology; American Heart Journal; Archives des maladies du Coeur, etc.
  • Author of the book Radioangiografía de las cardiopatías Congénitas (1988).
  • Co-author of Tratado de Cardiología Pediátrica /Salvat, 1983).

Scientific Societies

  • Spanish Society of Cardiology.
  • French Society of Cardiology.
  • Basque Association of Radiologists, etc.
  • Basque Navarra Society of Cardiology.

Recreational Societies

  • Member of ABAO, Bilbao Friends of the Opera Association.
  • Friend of the Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Friend of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.
  • Friend of the Arriaga Theatre.


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