Thomas D. Bird, M.D., is UW’s Arthur Krause Endowed Professor for Neurogenetics Research, and a UW professor emeritus of Medicine, Neurology, and Medical Genetics.
Dr. Bird 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. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
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 and unusual genetic diseases of the brain and neuromuscular system, and collaborating with molecular biologists to identify the underlying genes.
Dr. Bird and his wife love entertaining their grandchildren, traveling, landscaping and hiking the Cascades. He also enjoys reading, especially histories and biographies.