Dr. Michael Dowling's clinical interests include stroke in children and the neurologic complications of sickle cell disease. Children's Medical Center Dallas includes a special Sickle Cell Neurology Clinic, a Pediatric Stroke Clinic and a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Stroke Clinic.


Medical School
Columbia University (1995)
Children's Health Dallas (1996), Pediatrics
Children's Health Dallas (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

    Response by Rollins and Dowling to Letter Regarding Article, "Dynamic Arterial Compression in Pediatric Vertebral Arterial Dissection".
    Rollins N, Dowling M Stroke 2017 Aug 48 8 e228
    Dynamic Arterial Compression in Pediatric Vertebral Arterial Dissection.
    Rollins N, Braga B, Hogge A, Beavers S, Dowling M Stroke 2017 Apr 48 4 1070-1073
    Diffusion imaging of cerebral diaschisis in childhood arterial ischemic stroke.
    Kirton A, Williams E, Dowling M, Mah S, Hodge J, Carlson H, Wei XC, Ichord R Int J Stroke 2016 Dec 11 9 1028-1035
    Stroke in sickle cell anaemia is more than stenosis and thrombosis: the role of anaemia and hyperemia in ischaemia.
    Dowling MM, Kirkham FJ Br. J. Haematol. 2016 Nov
    Inter-Rater Reliability of the CASCADE Criteria: Challenges in Classifying Arteriopathies.
    Bernard TJ, Beslow LA, Manco-Johnson MJ, Armstrong-Wells J, Boada R, Weitzenkamp D, Hollatz A, Poisson S, Amlie-Lefond C, Lo W, deVeber G, Goldenberg NA, Dowling MM, Roach ES, Fullerton HJ, Benseler SM, Jordan LC, Kirton A, Ichord RN Stroke 2016 Oct 47 10 2443-9
    Increased prevalence of potential right-to-left shunting in children with sickle cell anaemia and stroke.
    Dowling MM, Quinn CT, Ramaciotti C, Kanter J, Osunkwo I, Inusa B, Iyer R, Kwiatkowski JL, Johnson C, Rhodes M, Owen W, Strouse JJ, Panepinto JA, Neumayr L, Sarnaik S, Plumb PA, Dlamini N, Kirkham F, Hynan LS Br. J. Haematol. 2016 Oct
    Corrigendum to 'Guidelines for Urgent Management of Stroke in Children' [Pediatric Neurology 56 (2016) 8-17].
    Rivkin MJ, Bernard TJ, Dowling MM, Amlie-Lefond C Pediatr. Neurol. 2016 Sep


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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)