Katelyn Bird, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

  • Title Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Office Department of Neurology, BUMC
  • Education Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine (2015)
    Internship: Boston University Medical Center – Internal Medicine Preliminary (2016)
    Neurology Residency: Boston University Medical Center (2019)

Educational Background & Clinical Care

Dr. Katelyn Bird is a board-certified Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist at Boston Medical Center. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with a Neuroscience Specialization at the University of Chicago before completing her Doctor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and neurology residency at Boston Medical Center, serving as chief resident in her final year. She is currently completing her Movement Disorder Fellowship at Boston Medical Center and will be joining as a full-time faculty member in fall 2020.

She specializes in the diagnosis and management of individuals who have Parkinson’s disease (PD), atypical Parkinson’s disease, tremor, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, ataxia, and other movement disorders. She is experienced in Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders including patient selection, evaluation, and post-operative programming. She is skilled in the use of botulinum toxin injections for movement disorders and migraine.

Research Interest

Dr. Bird’s research interests include Quality Improvement (QI) to analyze practice performance and enhance the way care is delivered to patients. She is a co-investigator of the FIRE-UP PD project, studying Parkinson’s disease in patients from underserved populations.

Teaching and Mentoring

Dr. Bird lectures to both residents and medical students in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. She serves as a preceptor for the neurology clerkship bedside skills exams. She is an Advisor for the Parkinson’s Partners program, which connects first-year medical students with patients living with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Bird regularly involves medical students in her QI research endeavors. She will be revamping the Movement Disorders Fellow curriculum for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Additionally, she helps to coordinate events for the Women in Neurology group.

Community Outreach

Dr. Bird has served as the Senior Resident Advisor and Coordinator for the Neurology Global Health Initiative in Haiti. She has lectured to community providers as part of the FIRE-UP PD project. She has participated in the APDA Parkinson’s Good Start Program and SAFRA Visiting Nurse Faculty Program.

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