The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital
The Blue BIrd Circle Cinic is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric neurological problems providing a comprehensive program that addresses developmental and neuromuscular problems. Social Services include counseling for patients and their families to aid in the understanding and management of the social and emotional problems. Assistance is provided in accessing community, public and private support services as well as liaison services with schools. Neuropsychological, intellectual, and psychoeducational assessments are available.
The Clinic is a physician or medical agency referral clinic that sees patients from birth to sixteen years of age.
In the fall of 2001, The Blue Bird Clinic moved from its home at the Methodist Hospital to Texas Children’s Hospital and become The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Since affiliating with Texas Children’s Hospital, the Circle has supported The Blue Bird Clinic at TCH with more than $8,000,000 in grants, as well as numerous volunteer hours. The Clinic is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric neurological problems, and provides a comprehensive program that addresses developmental and neuromuscular problems. Having counseling and social work professionals on staff to assist with the myriad needs associated with raising a child with one of these disorders is a priority of the Circle. All attempts are made to access available resources for patients with limited financial means. The Clinic in the last five years has expanded in amazing proportions and gone from seeing 5,000 children per year to over 20,000 patient visits per year. Dr. Robert Zeller is the Medical Director of The Blue Bird Circle Clinic.
Through the efforts of Dr. Gary Clark, Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Neurology Services at Texas Children’s Hospital, and in cooperation with Texas Children’s Hospital, in 2010, the Circle was able to create a new and innovative venture, The Blue Bird Circle Clinical Research Center. As the largest pediatric neurology clinic in the United States, the Blue Bird Clinic excels in general child neurology care and multiple specialty clinics (including, but not limited to Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Rett Syndrome, Batten’s Disease, Angelman’s Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Epilepsy, Stroke and Headache). For that reason, The Blue Bird Circle Clinical Research Center will be able to bring ever-advancing therapies to bear for our patients. This new center will support cutting-edge research in neurology and will enhance the larger effort to build a clinical research support structure that will advance care to the next level and make a difference in the lives of children affected by neurological disorders. It will capitalize on the remarkable scientific discoveries being made in childhood neurologic diseases and will serve as the clinical research arm of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as for The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Lab and The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center, developing the treatments and cures of tomorrow.
Since it’s formation in 1923, The Blue Bird Circle has earned its special place in the Houston scene. The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, The Blue Bird Circle Neurogenetics Laboratory and The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center at Baylor College of Medicine are regarded nationally as preeminent in the field of Neurology.