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Published on June 26, 2017

Julio Bird, MD, appointed director of Medical Research

Congratulations are in order for Julio J. Bird, MD, the new director of Medical Research for Gundersen Medical Foundation. Dr. Bird will begin transitioning to this new role in September and will take on full responsibilities on Jan. 1, 2018.

Julio Bird

Julio Bird, MD

"We are honored to have Dr. Bird lead our Medical Research team. His steadfast commitment to Gundersen's mission of patient care, research and education as well as his vision for the support of the Triple Aim will ensure strong forward-looking research efforts," says Sigurd B. Gundersen III, MD, FACS, chairman, Gundersen Medical Foundation.

Dr. Bird has been a practicing cardiologist at Gundersen Health System Heart Institute since 1986, where he has also served as director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Cardiac Rehabilitation. In 1992, he was elected to Gundersen Health System's Board of Governors, and over the years, has served as chief medical officer (2002-2012) and executive vice president (2002-2016). Dr. Bird will continue his term as medical governor while taking on this new role.

William Agger, MD, the Foundation's current director of Medical Research, will be retiring in 2018 following a distinguished career in Infectious Disease as well as serving as the third director of Medical Research. Dr. Agger's role has been pivotal in building the Foundation's clinical and laboratory research programs.

Prior to joining Gundersen, Dr. Bird was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps where he served in active duty from 1976 to 1985. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine. He has authored or co-authored 14 scientific publications and abstracts.

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