Alison Marie Dolce, MD $$

Pediatric Neurologist

Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Alison Dolce M.D., an associate professor of pediatrics, neurology and neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of children with epilepsy, evaluating and caring for children from the onset of seizures to those who continue to have seizures despite trying multiple medications.

Dr. Dolce has a particular interest in those children who may be candidates for additional treatment options including the ketogenic diet, neurostimulation and epilepsy surgery. In addition, Dr. Dolce is a part of the Neurological Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NeuroNICU) and Fetal and Neonatal Neurology Program with a particular interest in neonatal seizures and early infantile developmental epileptic encephalopathies.

Dr. Dolce received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and went on to complete a residency in pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., followed by a second residency in pediatric neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Upon completion of her pediatric neurology training, she then did a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Dolce is board-certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology, clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy.

Dr. Dolce earned "Best Doctor" nad "Best Pediatric Specialists" from D Magazine.

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2008)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - GME (2013), Child Neurology
Childrens National Medical Center - DC (2010), Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine - Houston GME (2014), Neurophysiology
Board Certification
American Board of Psy&Neurology/Child Neurology
  • Research Interests

    • Developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEE)
    • Lafora Disease
    • Medical and surgical therapy for medically refractory childhood epilepsy
    • Neonatal seizures
    • Refractory status epilepticus
  • Publications

    • A Case of Bainbridge-Ropers syndrome with breath holding spells and intractable epilepsy: challenges in diagnosis and management. Khan TR, Dolce A, Goodspeed K. BMC Neurol. 2022 Feb 22 (1)
    • Different ketogenesis strategies lead to disparate seizure outcomes. Dolce A, Santos P, Chen W, Hoke A, Hartman AL Epilepsy research 2018 Jul 143 90-97
    • Does Autoimmunity have a Role in Myoclinic Astatic Epilepsy? A Case Report of Voltage Gated Potassium Channel MediatedSeizures. Sirsi D, Dolce A, Greenberg M, Thodeson D. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2016; 1
    • Electroclinical Features in MECP2 Duplication Syndrome: Pediatric Case Series. Lorenzo J, Dolce A, Lowden A. J Child Neurol. 2021 Oct; 36 (12)
    • Fosphenytoin-induced dyskinesias in an infant with Sturge-Weber syndrome. Thodeson DM, Reiber DC, Dolce AM, Sirsi D Neurology 2016 Apr 86 16 1561-2
    • Nicotine: A Targeted Therapy for Epilepsy Due to nAChR Gene Variants. Fox J, Thodeson DM, Dolce a. J Child Neurol. 2021 Apr; 36 (5)
    • Patients with Epilepsy at the Emergency Setting. In S. Auvin & R. Sankar (eds.), Acute Seizure in Children in the Emergency Setting , Dolce A, Hartman A (2013). Montrouge, France, John Libbey Eurotext
    • Retrospective analysis of open surgical versus laser interstitial thermal therapy callosotomy in pediatric patients with refractory epilepsy. Caruso Jp, Janjua MB, Dolce A, Price AV. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 Jan 22 (4)
    • Rett syndrome and epilepsy: an update for child neurologists. , Dolce A, Ben-Zeev B, Naidu S, Kossoff EH Pediatr. Neurol. 2013 May 48 5 337-45
    • The 6th International Lafor Epilepsy Workshop: Advances in the search for a cure. Markussen KH, Macedo JKA, Machio M, Dolce A, et al. Epilepsy Behav. 2021 Jun 119
    • The mTOR inhibitor rapamycin has limited acute anticonvulsant effects in mice. , Hartman AL, Santos P, Dolce A, Hardwick JM PLoS ONE 2012 7 9 e45156
  • Professional Activities

    • American Epilepsy Society
    • Texas Medical Association (2004-2008)
    • American Medical Women’s Association (2004-2008)
    • Child Neurology Society (2010)
    • American Academy of Neurology (2011)
    • Texas Neurological Society (2014)
    • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2014)
    • Newborn Brain Society
  • Awards and Honors

    • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialists 2019,2021
    • Frank L. Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence 2013, Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine
    • Pediatric Medical Student Education Teaching Award 2008-2009, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
    • Thomas J. Preziosi Award for Clinical Excellence 2013, Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology
    • Jay Slotkin Award for Excellence in Research 2013, Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology

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