Ian Butler, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Distinguished Chair in West Syndrome Research, has stepped down from his role as chief of Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Neurology, a position he’s held since 1976.
For over four decades, Butler built the Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology to include 13 faculty with diverse clinical and research interests, serving the needs of patients in Greater Houston, across the Memorial Hermann system, and around the nation.
Butler has been listed repeatedly by Woodward and White as one of The Best Doctors in America and has received The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Regents in the UT System.
A native of Australia, Butler earned his medical degree from the University of Adelaide. He completed his residency at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He’s a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and is nationally and internationally known for his clinical and research interests in movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and dysautonomia.
Gretchen Von Allmen, MD, director of pediatric epileptology and medical director for the Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Neurology, will assume the role of division chief ad interim while the department conducts a national search for the next permanent chief. Butler plans to continue as a faculty member with ongoing clinical and educational activities.