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Dr. Ian Butler MD

Dr. Ian Butler MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
(832) 325-6516


Dr. Ian Butler earned his medical degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He completed a residency at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Board certified in psychiatry and neurology, Dr. Butler is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). His primary clinical interests are movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders and dysautonomia. He treats patients from birth to 25 years of age.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Butler serves as director of the division of Child and Adolescent Neurology and is a professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurobiology/ Anatomy at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, where he is the Distinguished Chair in West Syndrome Research. He is a staff neurology consultant at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Houston. He is widely published and has been invited to lecture and participate in symposia at regional, national and international medical conferences.

Dr. Butler is also a member of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Houston’s Medical Advisory Board and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He has been listed repeatedly by Woodward and White as one of The Best Doctors in America, most recently in 2015. He is among the 2016 recipients of The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, presented annually in recognition of faculty at the eight academic and six health institutions that comprise the UT System. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Regents.

Physician Details

Medical Education
University of Adelaide, 1964
Internships & Residency
University of Wales College of Medicine, 1971
Johns Hopkins University - Dept of Pediatrics, 1973
Clinical Interests
Chiari Malformation Repair (CMR), Movement Disorders, Pediatric Neurology
PCP Number
Cities Served
Bellaire, Galena Park, Houston, Missouri City, Pasadena
ZIP Codes Served
77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007


Insurance Accepted

  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • Aetna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • AHI Healthlink
  • Amerigroup Chip
  • Amerigroup MMP Perinatal*
  • Amerigroup Star
  • Amerigroup Star Plus
  • Amerivantage
  • Beechstreet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • Blue Exchange PPO
  • Cigna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks PPO*
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks Work Comp
  • Community Health Choice
  • Community Health Choice Chip
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace Kelsey QHP
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace QHP
  • Community Health Choice Star
  • Corporate Remedies Worker's Comp*
  • Corvel Worker's Comp*
  • Coventry Health Care - PPO Network
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - PPO Network*
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - Worker's Comp*
  • First Health - PPO Network
  • First Health - Worker's Comp
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Healthsmart
  • Humana (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana HMOx QHP Exchange
  • Humanachoice PPO Medicare
  • Independant Medical Systems
  • Injury Management Organization Worker's Comp*
  • Interplan Health Group (IHG)*
  • Medicaid Traditional
  • Medicare Traditional
  • Medicus International - PPO Network
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage HMO
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage PPO
  • Memorial Hermann Solutions
  • Multiplan
  • OccuNet PPO - PPO Network
  • Olympus (International) - PPO Network*
  • Political Subdivision Workers Comp Alliance*
  • Private Healthcare System
  • Reny Company Worker's Comp
  • Rockport - PPO Network*
  • Superior CHIP/Perinatal*
  • Superior Foster Care Program
  • Texas True Choice - PPO Network*
  • United Healthcare (Most Benefit Plans)
  • United Healthcare Chip
  • United Healthcare Chronic Complete
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete
  • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
  • United Healthcare Star
  • United Healthcare Star Plus Perinatal*
  • United Healthcare TXMMP
  • US Family Health Plan
  • USA Managed Care Organization - PPO Network
  • USA Managed Care Organization - Worker's Comp*
  • Wellcare
  • WorkLink Worker's Comp

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