Entering medical school with a background in neuroscience, I was naturally drawn to neurology. I am thankful that I can do something I love and help families while doing so.






  • English


Undergraduate Degree

  • Vanderbilt University , 2002 , Nashville , TN

Medical School

  • University of Louisville School of Medicine , 2006 , Louisville , KY


  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia , 2008 , Philadelphia , PA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2011 , Boston , MA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2012 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Entering medical school with a background in neuroscience, I was naturally drawn to neurology.  After rotating in pediatrics and enjoying my time spent with this patient population, it made sense to pursue a career in pediatric neurology.  I am thankful that I can do something I love and help families while doing so.

Spending most of my early years in the south, I think I bring a more laid-back, southern attitude to our department.  Despite my roots, I love living in Boston and feel it’s a great place to raise my family of three energetic little boys. When not at work, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, playing sports, hiking, biking or whatever other adventure we may stumble upon.


After completing residency in pediatric neurology at Boston Children’s hospital, I stayed on as a fellow in Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology.  I joined the department as a staff physician in July 2012 and see patients in clinic in our Weymouth satellite.  I enjoy seeing patients with various neurologic disorders but have a special interest in patients with epilepsy.  In addition to working in the clinic, I also spend time supervising the epilepsy in-patient and neurology consult services.  During my training I became interested in epilepsy surgery and have been focusing my research work into looking at factors that influence the success of epilepsy surgery.


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Clinical Physiology


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  1. Stone S, Madsen JR, Bolton J, Pearl PL, Chavakula V, Day E. A Standardized Electrode Nomenclature for Stereoelectroencephalography Applications. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2020 Jul 23. View abstract
  2. Wang S, Rotenberg A, Bolton J. Patterns of anti-seizure medication (ASM) use in pediatric patients with surgically managed epilepsy: A retrospective review of data from Boston Children's Hospital. Epilepsy Res. 2020 02; 160:106257. View abstract
  3. de Groen AC, Bolton J, Bergin AM, Sahin M, Peters JM. The Evolution of Subclinical Seizures in Children With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. J Child Neurol. 2019 10; 34(12):770-777. View abstract
  4. Stamoulis C, Connolly J, Axeen E, Kaulas H, Bolton J, Dorfman K, Halford JJ, Duffy FH, Treves ST, Pearl PL. Non-invasive Seizure Localization with Ictal Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography is Impacted by Preictal/Early Ictal Network Dynamics. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2018 Nov 09. View abstract
  5. Tamilia E, Park EH, Percivati S, Bolton J, Taffoni F, Peters JM, Grant PE, Pearl PL, Madsen JR, Papadelis C. Surgical resection of ripple onset predicts outcome in pediatric epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2018 09; 84(3):331-346. View abstract
  6. Fung FW, Libenson MH, Bolton J, Pearl PL, Kapur K, Marti C, Paris A, Bergin AM, Harini C. Seizure clustering during presurgical electroencephalographic monitoring in children. Epilepsy Behav. 2018 03; 80:291-295. View abstract
  7. Jayakar A, Bolton J. Pediatric epilepsy surgery. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2015 Jun; 15(6):31. View abstract
  8. Thome-Souza S, Kadish NE, Ramgopal S, Sánchez Fernández I, Bergin AM, Bolton J, Harini C, Libenson M, Olson H, Peters J, Poduri A, Rotenberg A, Takeoka M, Kothare SV, Kapur K, Bourgeois BF, Loddenkemper T. Safety and retention rate of rufinamide in 300 patients: a single pediatric epilepsy center experience. Epilepsia. 2014 Aug; 55(8):1235-44. View abstract
  9. Klehm J, Thome-Souza S, Sánchez Fernández I, Bergin AM, Bolton J, Harini C, Kadish NE, Libenson M, Peters J, Poduri A, Rotenberg A, Takeoka M, Bourgeois B, Loddenkemper T. Clobazam: effect on frequency of seizures and safety profile in different subgroups of children with epilepsy. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Jul; 51(1):60-6. View abstract
  10. Gadient P, Bolton J, Puri V. Juvenile myasthenia gravis: three case reports and a literature review. J Child Neurol. 2009 May; 24(5):584-90. View abstract
  11. Bolton J. Trust and the healing encounter: an examination of an unorthodox healing performance. Theor Med Bioeth. 2000; 21(4):305-19. View abstract
  12. Hsu T, Gogos JA, Bolton J, Kafatos FC. Alternatively spliced isoforms of a Cis2-His2 zinc-finger domain. Developmental regulation and binding-site selection. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1993 Jun 11; 684:218-9. View abstract
  13. Gogos JA, Hsu T, Bolton J, Kafatos FC. Sequence discrimination by alternatively spliced isoforms of a DNA binding zinc finger domain. Science. 1992 Sep 25; 257(5078):1951-5. View abstract
  14. Bolton JW, Shahian DM. Asymptomatic bronchogenic cysts: what is the best management? Ann Thorac Surg. 1992 Jun; 53(6):1134-7. View abstract