Dr. Alison Dolce, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of children with epilepsy. She evaluates and cares for children from the onset of seizures to those who continue to have seizures despite trying multiple medications. She has a particular interest in those children who may be candidates for additional treatment options including the ketogenic diet, neurostimulation and epilepsy surgery.

Dr. Dolce received her medical degree from UT Houston Medical School. She went on to complete a residency in pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by a second residency in pediatric neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Upon completion of her pediatric neurology training, she then did a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Dolce is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology. Specific interests include medical and surgical therapy for medically refractory childhood epilepsy, neonatal seizures, and refractory status epilepticus.


Medical School
University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2008)
Children's National Medical Center (2010), Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University (2013), Child Neurology
Baylor College of Medicine (2014), Neurophysiology

Specialty Areas

Research Interest

  • Medical and surgical therapy for medically refractory childhood epilepsy
  • Neonatal seizures
  • Refractory status epilepticus


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

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 mTOR inhibitor rapamycin has limited acute anticonvulsant effects in mice.
Hartman AL, Santos P, Dolce A, Hardwick JM PLoS ONE 2012 7 9 e45156


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Honors & Awards

  • Frank L. Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence
    Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine (2013)
  • Jay Slotkin Award for Excellence in Research
    Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology (2013)
  • Thomas J. Preziosi Award for Clinical Excellence
    Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology (2013)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2014)
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Child Neurology Society