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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 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


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
Phone: 916-734-0171

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:

Outstanding Aerobics Major – Oral Roberts University, 1980

National Merit Scholar, 1976

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.

Roach KE, Vandenakker C, Wise H, Markei L, Morales C, Lawrence S: A one year follow-up study of patients with post-polio syndrome and other polio survivors. Physical Therapy 77, 1997.

Roach KE, Vandenakker C, Wise H, Prieto N, Reilly K, Walker A, Van Bruggen P: A comparison between patients with post-polio syndrome and other polio survivors. Physical Therapy 76, 1996.

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).