Grace Gombolay, MD, is a Pediatric Neurologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Gombolay attended medical school at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she was awarded a yearlong position as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute–National Institutes of Health Research Scholar in basic immunology research. After finishing medical school, she completed a pediatric neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then completed an additional year of fellowship training in pediatric neuroimmunology at Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Over the course of her career at Children’s, Dr. Gombolay started the Pediatric Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. This multidisciplinary clinic helps manage all aspects of patient care, including medical, psychological and school-related issues. Her goal is to have the clinic become part of multi-center collaborations for clinical care and research. Dr. Gombolay also serves as a part-time consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she reviews cases related to surveillance of acute flaccid myelitis cases in the U.S.
Dr. Gombolay strives to provide excellent clinical care to patients while studying the mechanisms in the immune system that result in disease and ways to modify disease.
Focus of Practice
- Pediatric neurology
Areas of Interest
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neuromyelitis optica
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis
- Acute flaccid myelitis
- Anti-NMDA receptor autoimmune encephalitis
Research & Publications
Dr. Gombolay’s research focuses on pediatric neuro-immunological diseases, including clinical course, outcomes and treatment response, along with the underlying mechanisms in diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis, acute flaccid myelitis and anti-NMDA receptor autoimmune encephalitis. She is also interested in identifying biomarkers that aid in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment response. Dr. Gombolay is currently conducting research on the role of immune cells in pediatric demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and anti-MOG encephalomyelitis, and in pediatric neuro-immunological diseases, including anti-NMDA receptor autoimmune encephalitis.
In the News
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