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Alison Volpe Holmes, MD, MS, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

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

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Contact Information

One Medical Center Drive
Rubin 4
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: Student Affairs
Phone: 650-1509
Email: alison.v.holmes@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Tina Hoisington
Asst. Phone: 650-1509
Asst. Email: tina.l.hoisington@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests

Medical student academic and career advising
Medical student education
Medical student wellbeing
Clinical quality improvement scholarship
Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome

Mentoring Information

Career advising and professional wellbeing for medical students
Newborn QI science


Dr. Holmes serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, with a focus on the four-year MD academic and career advising continuum. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and of the Dartmouth Institute. Her research interests focus on clinical quality and value improvement, particularly in the newborn nursery, in areas such as breastfeeding, jaundice, circumcision, and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). Her teaching interests include teaching students and residents about clinical quality improvement and high-value healthcare. Her team's work on NOWS attracted national attention for achieving the “quadruple 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, and with engagement and happiness of the care providers. Dr. Holmes serves on the General Examination Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics.

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.

  • Gievers LL, Holmes AV, Loyal J, Larson I, Oliveira C, Waldman E, Khaki S. Ethical and public health implications of targeted screening for congenital cytomegalovirus. Pediatrics. 2020;146(1):e20200617.

  • 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.

  • Weinstein AR, Amerault CJ, Chapman SH, LaMonica AF, Holmes AV. Enhancing empathy in medical students: Family-faculty members facilitate patient-centered reflection. Academic Pediatrics, 2020;20(7):1037-1040.

  • Kilmartin KC, McCarty EJ, Shubkin C, Holmes AV. Reducing outpatient infant serum blood draws with transcutaneous measurement of bilirubin. Pediatr Qual Safety. 2020;4(5):1-6.