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 & Rehabilitation
4860 Y St., Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95817
B.S., Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1980
Association of Academic Physiatrists
International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
North American Spine Society
Honors and Awards:
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. emedicine.com, 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.