Professor Thomas D. Bird | UW Department of Neurology Chief

Thomas D. Bird, MD

Professor Emeritus, UW Medicine, UW Department of Neurology
Chief, UW Division of Neurogenetics
ADRC Neuropathology and Targeted Molecular Testing Core, Co-Investigator

Professor Thomas D. Bird is a renowned neurologist performing his duties at university of Washington medical school. He is one of the prestigious medical professors of the state that are extremely dedicated towards his profession and do have a passion to explore the ultimate cure about the complex problems. Being in contact with nurology professor Thomas make sure to address all the necessary and complicated matters related to brain structures. He is not just proficient in his own research but direct his students as well to pick up the right researches that are not just beneficial for their career but for the upcoming medical promotions. Dr. Bird have major interests in psychiatric studies and social behaviors that keep him involved in the ultimate activities.

Dr. Bird is from Western New York State, completed his basic education from the hometown ans for the undergraduate degree he went to Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa). Its was the first achievement that boosted his confidence and increase his interest further in neurologic studies.  Furthermore he planned his M.D. from Cornell Medical College in New York City that was another major progress to his vision for the advanced profession. for th internship and neurology residency he went to the University of Washington, his fellowship in medical genetics from the university of Washington was a follow up of the his internship there.

In retirement, he remains an active member of the ADRC and the ADRC’s Clinicopathological Correlation Coference.

Institution Credential Specialty Year
Cornell Univ. Medical College Medical education 1968
UW – Dept. of Medicine Fellowship Neurology
UW – Division of General Internal Medicine Internship
UW – Division of General Internal Medicine Residency Neurology
UW – Division of General Internal Medicine Residency Neurology


Degree Description Year
MD 1968

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology Neurology 1978

Thomas – NIDRR Grantee and Staff Recognition

Thomas Bird, MD, received the George W. Jacoby Award from the American Neurological Association and presented the Jacoby Lecture Oct. 1, 2001 at the Association’s 126th annual meeting. Dr. Bird is a professor of neurology and medicine, chief of the Division of Neurogenetics in the Department of Neurology and serves on the research faculty in geriatrics at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. He also collaborates with UC Davis School of Medicine clinical professors on the research project, “Risks and Benefits of Genetic Testing in Persons with Hereditary Neuromuscular Disease, ” funded by NIDRR through the RRTC in Neuromuscular Diseases (RRTC/NMD), in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

After completing his basic course work along with the research work he started a powerful and progressive career at UW neurology and medical genetics faculties. He is been at university of Washington for more than 35 years that includes a huge number of achievements and recognition as the “top doctor” in Seattle. For forty years he was the  director of the University of Washington Neurogenetics Clinic. Before getting retired from the clinical practice he was the chief of the neurology section of the Seattle VA Medical Center for 12 years. Instead of being retired he is still actively engaged in research works and different people are assisting him for the research on multiple topics.

Dr. Bird is also the  member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association and the American Society of Human Genetics. in his achievements for the ultimate practices he 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.

Dr. Bird do have his own preferences in dealing up with his patients in order to understand the whole case deeply and working on the treatments with dedication. He believes that every patient is different and should be treated differently. Specifically in case of genetics, things cannot be generalized and needs to be treated with significant care. So, he likes to have one on one sessions with the patient after having the detailed examination and reports procedure. Once he get all the facts he can have the proper discussion with the patient so he could take up the treatment on the next level.

For the clinical practices he have selected some of the refined and exclusive fields that actually have a great importance and potential in the whole market. He use to deal up some of the systematic and sensitive problems that needs to be treated or demand some of the important progress. He mainly deals with the areas of adult neurogenetic disease, Hereditary Neuropathy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth), Muscular Dystrophies, Huntington Disease, Cerebellar Ataxia, Movement Disorders, and Familial Dementias such as Alzheimer and FTD. Following his clinical interest he have made a huge progress in these fields and do have a number of successful case studies in general. He have treated a number of patients going through any of the above mentioned problems successfully that is quite a major achievement for him.

Although he is not into that practice after his retirement but do have great interest in research and make sure to pick up the right topics for the evaluation of solution. He is majorly attached with the topics such as the identification of new and unusual genetic diseases related to brain and neuromuscular system. Furthermore he use to study the collaboration of these changes or developments with molecular biologists to identify the underlying genes. For him it is important to evaluate what are the changes new generation is facing in the genetic development and why such kind of changes are being faced by the people. Moreover he have the focus on evaluating the reasons behind such kind of abnormalities. Ultimately, these researches are actually helping the people to have improved lifestyle.