Harvey S. Singer, M.D. has been selected as the first recipient of the Blue Bird Circle Training Program Director Award. The award is jointly given by the Child Neurology Society and the Professors of Child Neurology to honor the outstanding contributions of a child neurologist or developmental pediatrician in preparing the next generation of researchers and clinicians to improve the everyday lives and longterm prospects of children challenged by neurological diseases and disorders. 

Funding for the award is provided by a grant from the Blue Bird Circle Clinic, in Houston, TX. A five-member committee reviewed nominations using the following criteria:
1) Nominees should be a current or former child neurology residency program director.
2) The award recipient should have demonstrated leadership and vision in local program development, curriculum development, innovation in teaching methods, or training requirements. 
3) The awardee should inspire in trainees and colleagues alike a passion for the practice of child neurology. 

In selecting Dr. Singer, the committee took particular note of his 23-year tenure as Chair of the Division of Child Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital where, in addition to training over 50 child neurologists, he has distinguished himself as the leading expert on Tourette syndrome and other movement disorders. Dr. Singer is a past-President of the Professors of Child Neurology, and currently serves on the CNS Executive Committee as Secretary-treasurer. He was the driving force behind implementation of the San Francisco Match and, in the past year, that successful transfer to the National Resident Matching Program.

The 2013 Blue Bird Circle Training Program Director Award will be presented on Friday morning, November 1 at the 42nd Annual Child Neurology Society Meeting in Austin, TX.