Lin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Lin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurology

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




Deep Brain Stimulation



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

Midtown Neurology Clinic
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-3588

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Zhang has a personalized approach to aid each patient. With attentive supervision to patients neurological response, he uniquely designs each patients care plan to achieve their best quality of symptom management, believing that this will improve their quality of life.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Zhang is a neurologist offering care for both children and adults with various neurological conditions such as tremor, tics, and dystonia. He has special clinical interest and expertise in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.

Research/Academic Interests

As a fellowship trained neurologist sub-specializing in movement disorders and Experimental Therapeutics, Dr. Zhang has a primary clinical and research interest in Parkinson's disease (PD). He also has a related interest in neuromodulation with Deep Brain Stimulation therapy.



Medical School

M.D., Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China 1984

Other School

Ph.D., Neuroscience, Tulane University, New Orleans LA 1994


Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH 1994-1995


Interdisciplinary Studies: English, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX 1986-1987


Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH 1995-1998


Neurology/Movement Disorders, University of Rochester/Strong Memorial, Rochester NY 1998-2000

Citris Inaugural Seed Fund Award: Robotic Exoskeleton For The Stabilization Of Tremors (RST) In the Hand and Wrist, 2016

Visiting scholar of University of California to China, Sponsored by UC Office of President under 10+10 Program to Shanghai China to present at the annual Neuroscience symposium, 2006

Visiting Professor, Movement Disorder Society, USA, 2006

Roche Movement Disorders Research Award, 1997

Tulane Graduate School Traveling Award, Graduate Student Excellence in Research, 1992, 1993

Zhou H, Sun Y, Wei L, Wang X, Jiang Y, Li F, Chen J, Sun W, Zhang L, Zhao G, Wang Z. Quantitative assessment of oculomotor function by videonystagmography in multiple system atrophy. Clin Neurophysiol. 2022 Sep;141:15-23. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2022.05.019. Epub 2022 Jun 21. PMID 35809545.

Hall DA, Stebbins GT, Jacquemont S, Berry-Kravis E, Goetz CG, Hagerman R, Zhang L, Leehey MA. Clinimetric Properties of the Fragile X-associated Tremor Ataxia Syndrome Rating Scale. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2019 Jan 22;6(2):120-124. doi:10.1002/mdc3.12708. PMID:30838310.

Wang XH, Yang JC, Soohoo R, Cotter D, Yuan M, Xia J, Yaqub S, Doty J, Niu YQ, Tassone F, Hagerman R, Zhang L, Olichney J. Cognitive Deficits and Associated ERP N400 Abnormalities in FXTAS With Parkinsonism. Front Genet. 2018 Sep 18;9:327. doi:10.3389/fgene.2018.00327. PMID:30279697.

Sperry L, Zhang L, Shahlaie K. DBS in the Management of Dystonia Beyond the Word of Neurotoxins. Am Assoc Nurse Life Care Planners. 2018;17(4):15-19.

Scangos KW, Carter CS, Gurkoff G, Zhang L, Shahlaie K. A pilot study of subthalamic theta frequency deep brain stimulation for cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson's disease. Brain Stimul. 2018 Mar-Apr;11(2):456-458. doi:10.1016/j.brs.2017.11.014. Epub 2017 Nov 23. PMID:29203130.

Yuan M, Sperry L, Malhado-Chang N, Duffy A, Wheelock V, Farias S, O'Connor K, Olichney J, Shahlaie K, Zhang L. Atypical antipsychotic therapy in Parkinson's disease psychosis: A retrospective study. Brain Behav. 2017 Apr 14;7(6):e00639. doi:10.1002/brb3.639. PMID:28638698.

Trenkwalder C, Berg D, Rascol O, Eggert K, Ceballos-Baumann A, Corvol JC, Storch A, Zhang L, Azulay JP, Broussolle E, Defebvre L, Geny C, Gostkowski M, Stocchi F, Tranchant C, Derkinderen P, Durif F, Espay AJ, Feigin A, Houeto JL, Schwarz J, Di Paolo T, Feuerbach D, Hockey HU, Jaeger J, Jakab A, Johns D, Linazasoro G, Maruff P, Rozenberg I, Sovago J, Weiss M, Gomez-Mancilla B. A Placebo-Controlled Trial of AQW051 in Patients With Moderate to Severe Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia. Mov Disord. 2016 Jul;31(7):1049-54. doi:10.1002/mds.26569. Epub 2016 Mar 15. PMID:26990766.

Sperry L, Zhang L, Shahaie K. Deep Brain Stimulation in the management of Chronic Pain. Am Assoc Nurse Life Care Planners. 2016;XVI(1):34-38.

Wang XH, Zhang L, Sperry L, Olichney J, Farias ST, Shahlaie K, Chang NM, Liu Y, Wang SP, Wang C. Target Selection Recommendations Based on Impact of Deep Brain Stimulation Surgeries on Nonmotor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. Chin Med J (Engl). 2015 Dec 20;128(24):3371-80. doi:10.4103/0366-6999.171464. PMID:26668154.

Liu Y, Fan JH, Gao X, Ma L, Qiao YL, Zhang L. The Natural Progression of Parkinson's Disease in a Small Cohort with 15 Drug-naïve Patients. Chin Med J (Engl). 2015 Jul 5;128(13):1761-4. doi:10.4103/0366-6999.159350. PMID:26112717.