Biography

Michael Dowling, M.D., Ph.D. is a Pediatric Neurologist who specializes in pediatric stroke and neurovascular disorders as well as the neurologic complications of sickle cell disease. He came to UT Southwestern to complete his Pediatric and Pediatric Neurology fellowship training after completing his A.B. at Harvard College (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, cum laude), and completing his M.D. and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) at Columbia University where he had the remarkable experience of completing graduate courses with two subsequent Nobel Laureates, Martin Chalfie and Eric Kandel and completing his doctoral dissertation with subsequent Nobel Laureates Richard Axel and Linda Buck, cloning and characterizing olfactory receptors. He gained additional training in clinical research as NIH/NHLBI-funded Sickle Cell Scholar and then as a member of the UTSW Clinical Scholars (K12/KL2) program, obtaining a Master’s of Science in Clinical Sciences, with distinction, from UTSW in 2009. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics in 2012.

Dr. Dowling has created one of the largest and most productive clinical and research programs for pediatric stroke in the country. He established a Pediatric Stroke clinic in 2003, the Pediatric Acute Stroke team in 2004, and co-authored clinical guidelines for the evaluation and management of children with stroke in for Children’s Medical Center and subsequent revisions and established an ACGME-accredited post graduate fellowship program in Pediatric stroke. Dr. Dowling is also a founding member of the Center for Cerebrovascular Disorders in Children (CCDC) at Children’s Health (in 2016) a collaborative group of neurologists, neurosurgeons, hematologists and neuroradiologists formed to improve the clinical care to children with stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders and includes a monthly clinical pediatric neurovascular conference for case review and education. His research focuses on stroke in children and the neurologic complications of sickle cell disease. He is an active member and lead enroller in the International Pediatric Stroke Study, with over 450 patients of the >5000 total enrolled at 65 centers around the world.  Dr. Dowling was first author of one of the primary analyses of the dataset, cardiac causes of stroke. He currently serves on the IPSS Publication Committee and participates in many other multicenter studies.

He also has a long-standing interest in ethical issues in neurology. He is a member of the Children’s Ethics Committee (since 2006) and served on the Ethics Committee of the Child Neurology Society from 2012-2016 and served as Topic Chair for the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Sessions on Ethics in 2008-2011. In an ongoing educational innovation with students and residents, since 2007, he has actively engaged over 600 medical students on service in the clinic. This included a reading assignment of the play, Joe Egg, by Peter Nichols, which explores the difficulties encountered by parents caring for a child with a severe brain injury and intractable epilepsy. He has developed and presented Ethics CME lectures at multiple venues on separate topics of ethical concerns in pediatric gene therapy, brain death, and the care of neurologically devastated children.

Education

Other Post Graduate Training
Columbia University in the City of New York (1989)
Graduate School
Columbia University in the City of New York (1989)
Other Post Graduate Training
Columbia University in the City of New York (1993)
Graduate School
Columbia University in the City of New York (1993)
Medical School
Columbia University (1995)
Internship
Children's Health Dallas (1996), Pediatrics
Residency
Children's Health Dallas (1997), Pediatrics
Residency
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2000), Pediatric Neurology
Other Post Graduate Training
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2009)
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2009)

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

Publications

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Arteriopathy diagnosis in childhood arterial ischemic stroke: results of the vascular effects of infection in pediatric stroke study.
Wintermark M, Hills NK, deVeber GA, Barkovich AJ, Elkind MS, Sear K, Zhu G, Leiva-Salinas C, Hou Q, Dowling MM, Bernard TJ, Friedman NR, Ichord RN, Fullerton HJ Stroke 2014 Dec 45 12 3597-605
Predictors of cholesterol and lipoprotein(a) testing in children with arterial ischemic stroke.
Sultan S, Schupf N, Dowling M, DeVeber G, Kirton A, Elkind MS J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2014 Oct 23 9 2405-13
Reply.
DeBaun MR, Dowling MM J. Pediatr. 2014 Jul
Emergence of the primary pediatric stroke center: impact of the thrombolysis in pediatric stroke trial.
Bernard TJ, Rivkin MJ, Scholz K, deVeber G, Kirton A, Gill JC, Chan AK, Hovinga CA, Ichord RN, Grotta JC, Jordan LC, Benedict S, Friedman NR, Dowling MM, Elbers J, Torres M, Sultan S, Cummings DD, Grabowski EF, McMillan HJ, Beslow LA, Amlie-Lefond C Stroke 2014 Jul 45 7 2018-23
Silent cerebral infarction, income, and grade retention among students with sickle cell anemia.
King AA, Rodeghier MJ, Panepinto JA, Strouse JJ, Casella JF, Quinn CT, Dowling MM, Sarnaik SA, Thompson AA, Woods GM, Minniti CP, Redding-Lallinger RC, Kirby-Allen M, Kirkham FJ, McKinstry R, Noetzel MJ, White DA, Kwiatkowski JK, Howard TH, Kalinyak KA, Inusa B, Rhodes MM, Heiny ME, Fuh B, Fixler JM, Gordon MO, DeBaun MR Am. J. Hematol. 2014 Jul
Headache and Migraine in Children with Sickle Cell Disease Are Associated with Lower Hemoglobin and Higher Pain Event Rates But Not Silent Cerebral Infarction.
Dowling MM, Noetzel MJ, Rodeghier MJ, Quinn CT, Hirtz DG, Ichord RN, Kwiatkowski JL, Roach ES, Kirkham FJ, Casella JF, Debaun MR J. Pediatr. 2014 Feb
Review of lipid and lipoprotein(a) abnormalities in childhood arterial ischemic stroke.
Sultan SM, Schupf N, Dowling MM, Deveber GA, Kirton A, Elkind MS Int J Stroke 2013 Oct
Parent education and biologic factors influence on cognition in sickle cell anemia.
King AA, Strouse JJ, Rodeghier MJ, Compas BE, Casella JF, McKinstry RC, Noetzel MJ, Quinn CT, Ichord R, Dowling MM, Miller JP, Debaun MR Am. J. Hematol. 2013 Oct
Acute silent cerebral ischemic events in children with sickle cell anemia.
Quinn CT, McKinstry RC, Dowling MM, Ball WS, Kraut MA, Casella JF, Dlamini N, Ichord RN, Jordan LC, Kirkham FJ, Noetzel MJ, Roach ES, Strouse JJ, Kwiatkowski JL, Hirtz D, DeBaun MR JAMA Neurol 2013 Jan 70 1 58-65
International Paediatric Stroke Study: stroke associated with cardiac disorders.
Dowling MM, Hynan LS, Lo W, Licht DJ, McClure C, Yager JY, Dlamini N, Kirkham FJ, Deveber G, Pavlakis S Int J Stroke 2012 Dec

Books

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Honors & Awards

  • Pediatric Neurology Resident Teaching Award "Golden Boots"
    (2018)
  • Texas Super Doctors
    Texas Monthly Magazine (2017)
  • Best Pediatric Specialists/Doctors in Dallas
    D Magazine (2010-2013) (2015-2018)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Award
    (2014)
  • Trephined Cranium Award for Outstanding Teaching
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014)
  • 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)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

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