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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:
Director of Residency Advising, Interim
Vice-chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Health, Society and the Physician

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: Rubin 525
Phone: 653-6062
Email: alison.v.holmes@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Maghan Porter
Asst. Phone: 650-8802
Asst. Email: maghan.a.porter@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Medical student education in pediatrics
Clinical quality improvement scholarship
Neonatal abstinence syndrome

Rotations and Thesis Projects:

Medical student advising for residency match

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 currenlty serves in an interim capacity as the "Match" advisor for the year four class, and as vice-chair of pediatrics for education. Her research interests focus on clinical quality 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 work on neonatal abstinence syndrome has attracted 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.

Mentoring Information:

Career advising for medical students
Newborn QI

Selected Publications:


  • MacMilan KL, Rendon CP, Verma K, Washer DB, Holmes AV. Rooming-in for neonatal abstinence syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 2018;published online February 5, 2018, doi:10.1001:jamapediatrics.2017.5195.

  • Andrews CB, Whatley C, Smith M, Brayton E, Simone S, Holmes AV. Quality improvement effort to reduce hypothermia among high-risk infants on a mother-baby unit. Pediatrics, 2018;141(3):e20171214.

  • Holmes AV, Long M, Stallworth J. We can teach how to bend the cost curve: Lessons in high value healthcare in pediatrics. Pediatrics, February 14, 2017.

  • 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. Hospital Pediatrics, 2016;6(10):626-632.

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

  • Jones HE, Seashore C, Johnson E, Horton E, O’Grady K, Andringa K, Grossman MR, Whalen B, Holmes AV. Psychometric Assessment of the Neonatal Abstinence Scoring System and the MOTHER NAS Scale. American Journal on Addictions, 2016:25(5):370-3.

  • Holmes AV, Atwood EC, Whalen B, Beliveau J, Jarvis JD, Matulis JC, Ralston SL. Rooming-in to treat neonatal abstinence syndrome: Improved family-centered care at lower cost. Pediatrics. 2016;137(6):e20152929.

  • Rideout M, Held M, Holmes AV. The didactic makeover: Keep it short, active, relevant. Pediatrics 2016:138(1): 138(1):e20160751.

  • Whalen BL, Kelly, J, Holmes AV. The New Hampshire Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Collaborative: A Statewide QI Initiative. Hospital Pediatrics, 2015;5(6):315-323.

  • Holmes AV, Peltier CB, Hanson JL, Loprieto JO. Writing Medical Student and Resident Performance Evaluations: Beyond ''Performed as Expected''. Pediatrics 2014;133(5):766-768.