Timothy M. Buie, M.D. ’84, a renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and director of gastroenterology and nutrition at the Lurie Center for Autism at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, has been selected as the 2015 winner of the School of Medicine’s E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Award.
As a leading authority on medical conditions in children with autism, Buie has developed an international clinical practice that has evolved into both teaching and research components. Buie is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and conducts studies of children with development and gastrointestinal problems. Based on his research and extensive clinical experience, he has created an innovative teaching curriculum, which includes guidelines for parents and health care providers regarding behaviors of children with autism that may represent pain or other underlying medical issues. He presents to families, caregivers, physicians and autism specialists throughout the world championing the cause to effectively medically diagnose and care for children with autism.
His efforts to educate the public on autism have received international media attention and he has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, PBS-TV and BBC-TV.
Buie is also a founding developer of the Autism Treatment Network, a collaboration of major autism research programs working to standardize the evaluation and medical care of children with autism spectrum disorders.
He has published numerous papers and book chapters characterizing the disorders and his medical findings in addition to making clinical presentation.
After graduating from the School of Medicine, Buie completed a medicine-pediatrics residency and then did a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, both at Yale University School of Medicine. Upon completing his training he was honored with Yale’s Fellow Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics.
He joined a private pediatric gastroenterology practice where he developed his interest in working with children with gastrointestinal distress and developmental disorders.
To further pursue this interest, he joined Massachusetts General Hospital and the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1998 and has been a member of the staff of the Lurie Center for Autism for 10 years. The Lurie Center is a multi-specialty team of physicians that provides care and evaluation to children with a variety of developmental disorders. Buie has served as Director of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Lurie Center, formerly the Learning and Developing Disabilities Evaluations and Rehabilitation Services (LADDERS) program, since 2013.
Buie most recently created a groundbreaking video series “Office Hours with Dr. Tim Buie,” which is co-produced with Autism Speaks and explores a variety of medical conditions often seen in children with autism. The series includes rare footage of patient examinations to help illustrate these conditions. The series launched in 2015 and has received an overwhelming response from families and physicians as an online learning tool. The video series along with question/answer sessions for each installment is available to view on the Web site AutismSpeaks.org.
Buie has been recognized as Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of America and received the Margaret L. Bauman, M.D., Award for Excellence in Serving the Autism Community from the Massachusetts General/LADDERS program. He most recently received the Partners in Excellence Award in 2014.