Dr. Sailaja Golla, Pediatric Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Medicine

Dr. Sailaja Golla, Pediatric Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Medicine

  • Sailaja Golla MBBS, MD
  • Appointments:
  • Specialties: Neurodevelopmental Medicine, Neurology
  • Board Certified: Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

Dr. Golla is a board-certified neurologist and neurodevelopmentalist with national and international expertise in the field of autism. She currently practices at Thompson Autism and Neurodevelopmental Center at CHOC and is the director of the Fragile X Clinic at Thompson Autism and Neurodevelopmental Center.

Dr. Golla underwent post-graduate clinical training to complete a residency in neurodevelopmental disabilities to become one of very few neurodevelopmental disabilities specialists in the country. She is an active advocate and cheerleader for making life better for children with Fragile X syndrome, autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is the principal investigator for several Fragile X and autism research studies and has published and has been a speaker at national and international conferences.

Dr. Golla graduated in 2000 from Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, a recognized, premier medical school in India. She completed requirements for ECFMG certification in 2002. She then underwent residency training in pediatrics at University at Buffalo (completed in 2005) followed by residency/fellowship training in child neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities at UT Southwestern Medical Center (2008 and 2010). She has board certification in neurology with special qualification in child neurology issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

As a child neurology resident, she won the Teva Neuroscience award for her academic performance in 2007 as well as 2008. She also won the Leon Weisberg award for her research work looking at the incidence of dystrophinopathies in girls with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. The resulting manuscript was selected as the best paper during Annual Neurology Resident research presentations at UT Southwestern in 2008. She was also selected and served as a Chief Resident of Child Neurology in 2008.

She furthered her research training when she joined the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2009, as an Instructor, to work in Dr Juan Pascual’s laboratory in the field of rare mitochondrial disorders. She was supported by Hegi Research Scholarship award during this period. She then underwent further post-graduate clinical training to complete a residency in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in June 2010, at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she was the first graduate from the neurodevelopmental disabilities program, one of only eight such training programs in the country.

She has won several recognitions and honors including D Magazine Best Doctors, America’s Best Physicians and Mom Approved Doctor.

Sailaja Golla MBBS, MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


CHOC Hospital
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868

Thompson Autism and Neurodevelopmental Center at CHOC
170 S. Main Street
Orange, CA 92868
Fax: 714-288-7379


  • Medical School
    Vijayanagar Institute Medical Sciences, Cantonment, Ballari, Karnataka
  • Residency
    Children’s hospital, University of Buffalo, NY
  • Fellowship
    UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Professional Appointment

  • Clinical Associate Professor
    University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Irvine, CA