Thomas D. Bird, M.D., Emeritus, has been director of the Neurogenetics Clinic for 40 years and chief of neurology at the Seattle VA Medical Center for 12 years. Although retired from clinical practice, Dr. Bird is actively engaged in research.
Dr. Bird earned his M.D. from Cornell Medical College, New York, New York. He completed his internship, residency in neurology and fellowship in medical genetics at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Dr. Bird’s clinical interests include adult neurogenetic diseases, cerebellar ataxia, movement disorders, hereditary neuropathy, muscular dystrophies and familial dementias. His research interests include identifying new unusual genetic diseases of the brain and neuromuscular system, and collaborating with molecular biologists to identify the underlying genes.
Dr. Bird is a UW Professor Emeritus of neurology and medical genetics. He has been on the UW faculty for more than 35 years.
Dr. Bird, together with his wife, love entertaining their grandchildren, traveling, landscaping and hiking the Cascades. He also enjoys reading, especially histories and biographies.