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Inaki Azkuna Urreta

Mayor of Bilbao
Country: Spain
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The Mayor – Iñaki Azkuna Urreta

Date of birth
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 1983-87, 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 present, Mayor of Bilbao.
• President of Eurocities from 22 October 1999 to 27 October 2000.
• Currently 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.

Other positions
• Chair of the Board of Directors of the publishing company Iparraguirre S. A, publishers of DEIA (1988-89) and Muga.
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.
• Member of the Bilbao Philharmonic.
• Friend of the Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts.
• Friend of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. Friend of the Arriaga Theatre.

Photo credits:

photo 1,2, 6 + profile ©Iñaki Azkuna

photo 3, 4 ©

photo 5 ©Alex Vandoros