Dr. Alison Dolce, a Child Neurologist in the departments of Pediatrics and Neurology 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 is a member of the Neurological Neonatal Intensive Care Program (NeuroNICU) at UT Southwestern as she has specific research interests in neonatal seizures and early infantile epileptic encephalopathy. Other interests include medical and surgical therapy for medically refractory childhood epilepsy and refractory status epilepticus.

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. She is also board certified in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy.


Medical School
UT Health Science Center McGovern Medical School (2008)
Children's National Medical Center (2010), Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University (2013), Child Neurology
Baylor College of Medicine (2014), Neurophysiology

Research Interest

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


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Different ketogenesis strategies lead to disparate seizure outcomes.
Dolce A, Santos P, Chen W, Hoke A, Hartman AL Epilepsy Res. 2018 Jul 143 90-97
Fosphenytoin-induced dyskinesias in an infant with Sturge-Weber syndrome.
Thodeson DM, Reiber DC, Dolce AM, Sirsi D Neurology 2016 Apr 86 16 1561-2
Does Autoimmunity have a Role in Myoclonic Astatic Epilepsy? A Case Report of Voltage Gated Potassium Channel Mediated Seizures
Sirsi D, Dolce A, Greenberg B, Thodeson D. Annals of Clinical Case Reports 2016 1 1178
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


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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)
  • Pediatric Medical Student Education Teaching Award
    Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC (2008-2009)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology (2011)
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2014)
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Medical WomenÂ’s Association (2004-2008)
  • Child Neurology Society (2010)
  • Texas Medical Association (2004-2008)
  • Texas Neurological Society (2014)