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

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

Medical Director, DBS Program


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

Midtown Neurology Clinic

3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Additional Numbers

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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's clinical and research interests focus primarily on Parkinson's disease, including its epidemiology and the association between past nutritional deficiency and current prevalence of the disease. He is testing new drugs and gene therapy with neuroprotective properties that may slow down the progression of Parkinson's. Dr. Zhang’s practice also specializes in functional neurology focusing on the implantation and management of deep brain stimulation. He is well versed in latest research in neuromodulation, and oversees the DBS candidacy evaluation to postsurgery programming proccess. He works extensively with national and international collaborators in translational research in neurodegeneration and fellowship training programs. He is investigating the clinical manifestation of the disease in patients with atypical Parkinson's disease, and those with a family history of pre-mutation for fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder that typically affects children. Additionally, Dr. Zhang specializes in botulinum toxin (Botox) treatments for a variety of conditions, including, but not limited to, dystonia, spasticity and tremor. He uses electric muscle testing when giving Botox injections to improve accuracy and gain maximal results.

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.



Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group

Medical School

M.D., Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China 1983

Other School

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


Neurology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH 1994-1995


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


Internal Medicine, Beijing Medical College, Beijing, China 1984-1985


Neurology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH 1996-1998


Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Rochester, Rochester NY 1998-2000

Top Doctor Sacramento, 2020

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

Hall DA, Stebbins GT, Jacquemont S, Berry-Kravis E, Goetz CG, Hagerman R, Zhang L, Leehey MA. Clinimetric Properties of the Fragile X-associated. 2019.

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;9:327.

Sperry L, Zhang L, Shahlaie K. DBS in the Management of Dystonia Beyond the Word of Neurotoxins. American Association of 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 Stimulation. 2017;11(2);456-458.

Yuan M, Malhado-Chang N, Sperry L, Farias S, O'Conner K, Shahlaie K, Wheelock V, Zhang L. Atypical Antipsychotic Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis: A Retrospective Study. Brain and Behavior. 2017;7(6).

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. Movement Disorders. 2016;31(7):1049-1054.

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

Wang XH, Zhang L, Sperry L, Olichney J, Farias S, Shalaie K, Malhado-Chang N, Liu Y, Wang SP, Wang C. Target Selection Recommendations Based on Impact of Deep Brain Stimulation Surgeries on non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Chinese Medical Journal. 2015;128(24):3371-3380.

Liu Y, Fan JH, Gao X, Ma L1, Qiao YL, Zhang L. The Natural Progression of Parkinson's Disease in a Small Cohort with 15 Drug- naïve Patients. China Medicine Journal. 2015;128(13):1761-1764.

Zhang L, Sukharev D, Schneider A, Olichney JM, Seritan A, Hagerman RJ. Case report: Dystonia in a fragile X carrier. Mov Disord. 2014 Jun;29(7):E4-5.