Carol Vandenakker-Albanese, M.D.

Carol Vandenakker-Albanese, M.D.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • Professor
  • Residency Program Director
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Cannery Building

3301 C St., Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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 has extensive experience working with a team of spine specialists to provide patients with consultation, an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatments and therapies available. Dr. Vandenakker-Albanese is well-known for her expertise in post-polio syndrome and established the UC Davis Post-Polio Clinic in 2001.   

Dr. Vandenakker-Albanese emphasizes patient education regarding their conditions to promote self-management and patient directed care.  She speaks locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to spine care and the management of polio-related conditions.  She 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 and Residency Program Director, she promotes quality medical education and fosters professional development.



Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Center/Program Affiliation

Spine Center


M.D., Oral Roberts University, Tulsa OK 1986

B.S., Oral Roberts University, Tulsa OK 1980


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rusk Institute of Rehab Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York NY 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

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. 2012 July;22(4):349-355.

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. 2010; 91: 803-805.

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

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

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