David Pleasure, M.D.

David Elliott Pleasure, M.D.





  • Director, Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine
  • Distinguished Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics
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Philosophy of Care

My goal is to deliver the most up-to-date and most appropriate care to my patients.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pleasure's principal clinical interests include: Multiple sclerosis, Leukodystrophies, and Demyelinating Neuropathies.

Research/Academic Interests

My research centers on tdevelopment and diseases of the nervous system, with a particular focus on disorders of glial cells.


Pediatric Neurology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York NY 1963

B.A., Yale University, New Haven CT 1959

University of Vermont, Burnlington VT 1963-1964


Neurology, Neurological Institute-Columbia Univeristy, New York NY 1964-1966


Medical Neurology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD 1966-1968

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Neurology - Fellow

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Neurological Association - Honorary Member

Royal Society of Medicine

Honors and Awards

Javits Neuroscience Award, 1992

Associate Editor, JAMA Neurology, 2013

Associate Editor, Journal of Neuroscience, 2013

American Neurological Association - Honorary Memeber, 2016

AAAS - Fellow, 2016

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