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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Carol Vandenakker-Albanese, M.D. View profile as PDF

Carol  Vandenakker-Albanese

Clinical Interests

Dr. Vandenakker Albanese has clinical interests in diagnosis and non-operative care of spine conditions and problems related to sequelae of polio. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to spine care and the management of polio-related conditions.

Dr. Vandenakker-Albanese is well-known for her expertise in post-polio syndrome and established the UC Davis Post-Polio Clinic in 2001. She serves on the Board of Directors and the medical advisory board for Post-Polio Health International as well as several local post-polio support groups.

Dr. Vandenakker-Albanese reviews manuscripts for multiple medical journals and has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal publications on topics relating to aging with disability, and rehabilitation of spine and post-polio conditions.

As the department's Mentoring Director, Residency Program Director and as a Faculty Mentor for the medical school, she promotes quality medical education and fosters professional development.



Residency Program Director


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
4860 Y St., Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-7041

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: (800) 480-0482 Ex.3284


M.D., Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1986
B.S., Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1980


St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University, New York, New York, 1986-87


Rusk Institute of Rehab Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York, 1987-1990

Board Certifications:

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1991

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Association of Academic Physiatrists
International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
North American Spine Society

Select Honors and Awards:

David D. Kilmer Faculty Teaching Award, 2014

Select Recent Publications:

Vandenakker-Albanese, C: Post-Polio Syndrome. AAPM&R Knowledge Now, 2013

Siegel L, Vandenakker Albanese C, Siegel D: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries: Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, and Management. Clin J Sport Med, 22(4):349-355, July 2012

Moore MN, Vandenakker Albanese C, Hoffman MD: Use of Partial Body-Weight Support for Aggressive Return to Running after Lumbar Disk Herniation: A Case Report. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 91: 803-805, 2010.

Grimby G, Li J, Vandenakker C, Sandel ME: Post-Polio Syndrome: A Perspective from Three Countries. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1: 103 5-1040, 2009.

Vandenakker C, Glass D: Menopause and Aging with a Disability. Phys Med Rehab Clin North Am 12:1, 2001.

Vandenakker C: Brown-Sequard Syndrome., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001.

To see if Carol Vandenakker-Albanese is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).