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.

She has published articles and has written book chapters:

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

  1. Golla S, Agadi S, Burns D, et al.  Dystrophinopathy in girls with limb girdle muscular dystrophy phenotype.  J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2010; 11(4):  203-208.
  2.  Golla S, Sweeney JA. Corticosteroid therapy in regressive autism: Preliminary findings from a retrospective study.  BMC Medicine. 2014; 15(1): 79.  PMC4022409.
  3. Szafranski P, Golla S, Jin W, et al.  Neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral characteristics in males and females with CDKL5 duplications.  European Journal of Human Genetics. 2014.
  4. Dharmadhikari A, Gambin T, Szafranski P, Probst FJ, Jin W, Fang P, Gogolewski K, Gambin A, George-Abraham JK, Golla S, et al.  Molecular and clinical analyses of FOXF1 duplications identify an evolutionarily unstable and highly polymorphic large minisatellite on chromosome 16q24.1.  BMC Medical Genetics (in press).
  5. Golla S and Sirsi D, Evans PA, Arnold ST , Evolution of EEG Findings in Children with

Autism, Child Neurology Society meeting 2014 (Abstract published)



 Book Chapters


Golla S and Evans P.  Metabolic and Genetic Causes of Autism ; Rosenberg's Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease, 2014

Evans.P, Golla S and Morris MM.  Autism Spectrum Disorder-Clinical Considerations ; Rosenberg's Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease, 2014


Internship Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (1999), Rotating
Medical School Vijaynagar Institue of Medical Sciences (2000)
Residency Brooklyn Hospital Center (2003), Pediatrics
Residency The Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2004), Pediatrics
Residency UT Southwestern / Children's Medical Center (2008), Child Neurology
Fellowship 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