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Alison Volpe Holmes, MD, 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

Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

One Medical Center Drive
Rubin 525
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: Student Affairs
Phone: 650-1509

Assistant: Tina Hoisington
Asst. Phone: 650-1509
Asst. Email:

Professional Interests

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


Dr. Holmes is an associate professor of pediatrics and of the Dartmouth Institute, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She also serves as the student affairs dean at Geisel, with a focus on the academic and career advising continuum. 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 and professional wellbeing for medical students
Newborn QI science

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.