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Dave Clarke, M.D.


Dave Clarke, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Neurology and Department of Pediatrics, and a courtesy professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is also a board-certified pediatric epileptologist and chief of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s.

Clarke received his medical degree at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. He completed his first two years of pediatric training at Overlook Hospital, then an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Summit, New Jersey. He completed pediatric neurology training at the University of Michigan Medical Center and neurophysiology training (epilepsy and sleep) at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto in Canada. Clarke is a boarded diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualifications in child neurology, sleep medicine and epilepsy. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology with added competence in epilepsy monitoring.

Clarke has a special interest and has done clinical research in medical and surgical management of drug-resistant epilepsy. His recent collaborative projects have focused on reducing deficits and disparities in epilepsy care. He is widely published and has been on the editorial board of peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Clarke is a fellow of the American Epilepsy Society, an elected member of the North American Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy and past president of the Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean. He has continued to advocate for unity, inclusiveness and collaboration between centers in Texas and throughout the Caribbean island countries. He sincerely believes this is the only way to reach and care for all children with epilepsy.

Clarke has received numerous awards throughout his career, including On-Time Doctor Award, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors, Top 10 Doctor—State, Patients’ Choice Award, Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award, Compassionate Doctor Award and the Newcomers Award by the NAACP. He is an active member of the American Epilepsy Society and the Child Neurology Society, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, American Academy of Neurology and the International League Against Epilepsy.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology
  • North American Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy
    Elected Member
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Child Neurology Society
Awards & Honors
  • Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors
  • On-Time Doctor Award
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award, 5-Year Honoree
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition
  • Patients' Choice Award