Sailaja Golla started as Faculty at UTSW/Children’s Medical Center in 2010 after the completion of the Pediatric Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training at UTSW.

In 2008, she served as a Chief Resident in Pediatric Neurology at UTSW and won the Leon Weisberg Award for outstanding research manuscript presented by a neurologist 1st place in the field of Limb Girdle muscle dystrophy in girls.

She has also been involved with 7 Tesla MR spectroscopy and MELAS (Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy, Lactic Acidosis, and Stroke-like episodes).  Prior to starting Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training she worked closely with Dr. Juan Pascual in the field of neurometabolic diseases in 2009  after receiving a scholarship to be part of the Neurometabolic Research .

Since becoming a faculty member in 2010, she has contributed to the fields of Autism, and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and has been involved in multiple clinical trials for Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

She is actively involved in research activities at the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) established by Dr. Craig  Powell and is currently an active full time clinical faculty at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental disabilities( CADD).

Dr. Golla has established a POST ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) clinic and is part of the Children’s ECMO program and   PumpKIN trial team (Pumps for Kids, Infants, and Neonates)  in establishing a protocol for following these children to study the long term neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral sequale.

Dr. Golla has attended and actively participated at national conferences in the fields of Autism, genetics  and Pediatric Neurology.  She presented a poster “Evolution of EEG in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” at the annual Child Neurology Society Meeting in 2014.


Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (1999), Rotating
Medical School
Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (2000)
Brooklyn Hospital Center (2003), Pediatrics
The Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2004), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern / Children's Medical Center (2008), Child Neurology
UT Southwestern / Children's Medical Center (2010), Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Autistic Disorder
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Learning Disorders
  • Neuro-Developmental Disorders
  • Research Interest

    • Autism and learning disabilties
    • Cognitive disabilties in patients with Dystrophinopathies
    • Dystrophinopathy in young girls
    • Fragile X Syndrome
    • Long term Neurodevelopmental sequale in Neonates with Cardiac injury
    • Long term Neurodevelopmental Sequale of Patients exposed to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
    • MELAS (Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke like episodes)
    • Phelen Mc Dermid Syndrome


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    Honors & Awards

    • America’s Top Physicians Consumers Research Council of America
    • Hegi Research Scholarship Award
    • Leon Weisberg Award, Department of Neurology, UT Southwestern
    • Teva Neuroscience Award, Department of Neurology, UT Southwestern
    • Teva Neuroscience Award, Department of Neurology, UT Southwestern

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • Texas medical association (2010)
    • Child Neurology Society (2006)
    • American Academy of Neurology