Thomas D. Bird M.D., Emeritus

Thomas D. Bird M.D., Emeritus

Specialties and Expertise

Medical Genetics, Neurology


Neurology, Neurosciences




Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 8th Floor SS 812
Seattle, WA 98195
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Genetic Medicine Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 981957720
Phone: 206.598.4030|Map It 

Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 981957720
Phone: 206.598.4317|Map It 


Dr. Bird is professor of neurology and medicine (medical genetics) and an adjunct professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences. His special area of interest is neurogenetics.

Dr. Bird is a native of Western New York State, received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.D. from Cornell Medical College in New York City. He did his internship and neurology residency at the University of Washington followed by a fellowship in medical genetics.

Dr. Bird has been on the UW neurology and medical genetics faculties for more than 35 years. He has often been cited as a “top doctor” in Seattle and was the director of the UW Neurogenetics Clinic for 40 years. He was also chief of the neurology section of the Seattle VA Medical Center for 12 years. He is now retired from clinical practice, but still actively engaged in research.

He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association and the American Society of Human Genetics. He has received several national awards including the Wartenberg Lectureship from the AAN, the Jacoby Award from the ANA and the Middleton Research Award from the VA.

Patient Care Philosophy

I strive to provide the highest quality scientific and compassionate care for my patients and their families. I also am directly involved in genetic counseling to further education and understanding of neurogenetic diseases in patients, families and medical care providers.

Personal Interests

My wife and I have a special interest in public art and art galleries. We enjoy our 3 grandchildren.  I love books and like to focus on history and biography.  We have traveled throughout the United States and numerous foreign countries. I also enjoy amateur landscaping projects and blazing small trails in the Cascades.

Clinical Interests

All areas of adult neurogenetic diseases, especially Huntington Disease, Cerebellar Ataxia, Movement Disorders, Hereditary Neuropathy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth), Muscular Dystrophies and Familial Dementias such as Alzheimer and FTD.

Research Interests

Identifying new and unusual genetic diseases of the brain and neuromuscular system and collaborating with molecular biologists to identify the underlying genes.


Cornell Univ. Medical CollegeMedical education1968
UW - Dept. of MedicineFellowshipNeurology
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternship
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidencyNeurology
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidencyNeurology


Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologyNeurology1978
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