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Alison Volpe Holmes, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Medical Education
Associate Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations:
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Career Advising
Vice-chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics

Medical Education
The Dartmouth Institute

B.S., Biology, Haverford College, 1993
M.S., Genetics, University of Washington, 1995
M.D., Stanford Medical School, 2000
M.P.H., University of Rochester, 2006

Children's Hospital At Dartmouth

Contact Information:

One Medical Center Drive
Rubin 525
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: Clinical Education Suite
Phone: 650-8802

Assistant: Maghan Porter
Asst. Phone: 650-8802
Asst. Email:

Professional Interests:

Medical student education
Medical student advising for the residency match
Clinical quality improvement scholarship
Neonatal abstinence syndrome

Courses Taught:

Pediatrics 305
Medical Education 404


Dr. Holmes is an associate professor of pediatrics and of the Dartmouth Institute, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She serves as the student affairs, career advising dean at Geisel, with a focus on preparing the third and fourth-year MD students for the NRMP Match. Her research interests focus on clinical quality and value improvement, particularly in the newborn nursery, in areas such as breastfeeding, jaundice, circumcision and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Her teaching interests include teaching students and residents about clinical quality improvement and high-value healthcare. Her team's work on neonatal abstinence syndrome has attracted national attention for achieving the “triple aim” of healthcare improvement by tackling a clinical issue prevalent in the local population, and providing a better family experience of care at lower cost. Dr. Holmes serves on the General Examination Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics and is co-director of the Academic Pediatric Association's faculty development program in quality and safety scholarship.

Mentoring Information:

Career advising for medical students
Newborn QI

Selected Publications:


  • Whalen BL, Holmes AV, Blythe S. Models of care for neonatal abstinence syndrome: What works? Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Apr;24(2):121-132.

  • Chan PS, Penna FJ, Holmes AV. Gomco Versus Mogen? No Effect on Circumcision Revision Rates. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 Oct;8(10):611-614.

  • Holmes AV Is Breast Still Best From a Bottle? Pediatrics. 2018 Oct;142(4).

  • Andrews C, Whatley C, Smith M, Brayton EC, Simone S, Holmes AV. Quality-Improvement Effort to Reduce Hypothermia Among High-Risk Infants on a Mother-Infant Unit. Pediatrics. 2018 Mar;141(3). pii: e20171214.

  • MacMillan KDL, Holmes AV. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and the Pediatric Hospitalist: 5 Years Later. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 Jan;8(1):51-52.

  • Grossman M, Seashore C, Holmes AV. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Management: A Review of Recent Evidence. Rev Recent Clin Trials. 2017;12(4):226-232.

  • Holmes AV, Long M, Stallworth J. We Can Teach How to Bend the Cost Curve: Lessons in Pediatric High-Value Health Care. Pediatrics. 2017 Mar;139(3).

  • Ralston SL, Atwood EC, Garber MD, Holmes AV. What Works to Reduce Unnecessary Care for Bronchiolitis? A Qualitative Analysis of a National Collaborative. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Mar;17(2):198-204.

  • Atwood EC, Sollender G, Hsu E, Arsnow C, Flanagan V, Celenza J, Whalen B, Holmes AV. A Qualitative Study of Family Experience With Hospitalization for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Oct;6(10):626-632.

  • Jones HE, Seashore C, Johnson E, Horton E, O'Grady KE, Andringa K, Grossman MR, Whalen B, Holmes AV. Psychometric assessment of the Neonatal Abstinence Scoring System and the MOTHER NAS Scale. Am J Addict. 2016 Aug;25(5):370-3.