My clinical interests include stroke in children and the neurologic complications of sickle cell disease. We have a special Sickle Cell Neurology Clinic, a Pediatric Stroke Clinic and a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Stroke Clinic at Childrens Medical Center Dallas.


Medical School
Columbia University (1995)
Children's Health (CMC) (1996), Pediatrics
Children's Health (CMC) (1997), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2000), Pediatric Neurology

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Neurologic Complications of Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Pediatric or Childhood Strokes
  • Sturge-Webber Syndrome
  • Research Interest

    • Alternative etiologies for stroke in sickle cell disease
    • Cerebrovascular disease
    • Neurologic complications of sickle cell disease
    • Neurologic injury in children with acute anemia
    • Pediatric stroke
    • Sturge-Weber syndrome


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Preparing for a "Pediatric Stroke Alert".
    Bernard TJ, Friedman NR, Stence NV, Jones W, Ichord R, Amlie-Lefond C, Dowling MM, Rivkin MJ Pediatr. Neurol. 2016 Mar 56 18-24
    Guidelines for Urgent Management of Stroke in Children.
    Rivkin MJ, Bernard TJ, Dowling MM, Amlie-Lefond C Pediatr. Neurol. 2016 Mar 56 8-17
    The Way Forward: Challenges and Opportunities in Pediatric Stroke.
    Amlie-Lefond C, Rivkin MJ, Friedman NR, Bernard TJ, Dowling MM, deVeber G Pediatr. Neurol. 2015 Dec
    Risk of Recurrent Arterial Ischemic Stroke in Childhood: A Prospective International Study.
    Fullerton HJ, Wintermark M, Hills NK, Dowling MM, Tan M, Rafay MF, Elkind MS, Barkovich AJ, deVeber GA Stroke 2015 Nov
    Infection, vaccination, and childhood arterial ischemic stroke: Results of the VIPS study.
    Fullerton HJ, Hills NK, Elkind MS, Dowling MM, Wintermark M, Glaser CA, Tan M, Rivkin MJ, Titomanlio L, Barkovich AJ, deVeber GA Neurology 2015 Oct 85 17 1459-66
    Type II Cortical Dysplasia in Dominant Frontal Lobe Presenting as Gelastic Epilepsy.
    Dubey D, Thodeson D, Dowling M, Sirsi D, Arnold S, Said R Pediatr. Neurol. 2015 Jul 53 1 97-8
    Anemia and ischemia: how low can you go?
    Quinn CT, Dowling MM Blood 2015 Mar 125 10 1516-7


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    Honors & Awards

    • Best Doctors in Dallas
      D Magazine (2015)
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Award
    • Trephined Cranium Award for Outstanding Teaching
      UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014)
    • Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas
      D Moms Magazine (2013)
    • 8th Annual Excellence in Teaching Award
      UT Southwestern Medical Center (2012)
    • Core Clerkship Teaching Award
      UT Southwestern Medical Center (2009)
    • Innovations in Clinical Research Award
      Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2009)
    • Best Pediatric Specialists
      D Magazine (2002, 2007, 2010-2015)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (2007)
    • Child Neurology Society (2002)
    • American Academy of Neurology (2001)