The Leopold L. Meyer Center is an outgrowth and expansion of the Child Development Clinic, which opened at Texas Children’s Hospital in 1960. The Child Development Clinic initially began as a Mental Retardation Clinic awarded to Baylor College of Medicine by the state of Texas to provide diagnostic and social services to children with mental retardation and to advise parents about educational and rehabilitation programs. Funding for the clinic changed from state to federal sources in 1962 and the clinic began to serve children with a wide variety of developmental problems.
In 1973 the clinic was rededicated and renamed the Leopold L. Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics by the Texas Children's Board of Trustees. The name honors the late Mr. Meyer, a founding trustee of Texas Children’s and of the Harris County Center for the Retarded. The center has continued over the years to expand its clinical services, research and training programs.
The Meyer Center is currently a joint operation of, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Pediatrics, and Texas Children’s. The department provides the staff and faculty and The Meyer Center is housed in the Clinical Care Center of Texas Children’s. We share the mission of Texas Children’s to provide the finest possible pediatric patient care, education and research.
Services for low birth weights infants continue to be of special interest. Personnel of the Meyer Center currently manage a developmental follow-up clinic at Ben Taub Hospital and at Texas Children’s. The follow-up program at Texas Children’s has been recognized as a cooperative effort of the sections of Developmental Pediatrics and Neonatology. This cooperative effort is based on the interdisciplinary and family-centered model of care for both training and delivery of services.
The Desmond Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic was established in 1994 to provide longitudinal follow-up and neurodevelopmental assessments for pre-term babies. The clinic helps to identify and refer for treatment infants who may have special needs or be at risk. Research and training activities include outcome studies of premature babies and those receiving nitric oxide and ECMO.