NEWS | December 6, 2012

UC Davis Chancellor Emeritus Vanderhoef recovering from stroke

Editor's note:

High-resolution, downloadable photograph of Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef. Photograph credit: UC Regents 2012


Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef is making good progress in his recovery from a Dec. 1 stroke, according to his UC Davis Medical Center physicians.

Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef

“He is doing quite well,” said attending physician Cassie Spalding-Dias, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of inpatient therapy at UC Davis. “There is no sign of cognitive impairment. His right side has weakness, but we’re seeing encouraging signs of improvement. And his speech is good — strongest in the morning and a little softer and slower at night. We anticipate that he will make a strong recovery."

The chancellor emeritus is expected to continue acute rehabilitation for the next two to three weeks, followed by outpatient therapies when discharged.

“I’m on my way back,” Vanderhoef said. “I’d never anticipated such a first-hand tour of our rehab center. But I’m mightily impressed — and awfully grateful. I’m thankful, too, for the many good wishes I’ve received these last few days. They mean lots.”

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only Level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit