Loren Davidson, M.D.

Loren Thomas Davidson, M.D.


Spinal Cord Injury Medicine


  • Health Sciences Clinical Professor


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Shriners Hospital for Children

2425 Stockton Blvd., Suite 718
Sacramento, CA 95817
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800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-453-2180
Clinic Fax: 916-734-7838
Clinic Fax: 916-453-2388
Clinic Referral Phone: 916-453-2191
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Davidson is a pediatric physiatrist and Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where he serves as the residency program director and pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellowship director. Dr. Davidson's clinical interest and expertise include caring for children with spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and providing spasticity management.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Davidson's research endeavors have included the novel use of telemedicine to provide pediatric physiatry services to children with special health care needs living in rural and underserved communities.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pediatric Orthopaedics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2002

B.S., UC San Diego, La Jolla CA 1998

Internship: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2002-2003


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2003-2006


Pediatric Rehabilitation, The Children�s Hospital University of Colorado, Aurora CO 2006-2008

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation-Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine,

Professional Memberships

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Spinal Injury Association

Association of Academic Physiatrists

Honors and Awards

Sacramento Magazine: Top Doctors: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dec: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Program for Academic Leadership (PAL) through the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Mentorship and training course: AAP annual conference, 2015, 2016, 2017

David D. Kilmer, MD, Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, 2010, 2012

Scholarship to Advance Research in Spasticity (STARS) Program, Research Grant, 2007

Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society, September, 2005

Select Recent Publications

Vova JA, Davidson LT. Nerve and Tendon Transfers After Spinal Cord Injuries in the Pediatric Population: Clinical Decision Making and Rehabilitation Strategies to Optimize Function. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2020 Aug;31(3):455-469. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2020.04.006. Epub 2020 Jun 9. PMID:32624105.

Davidson L, Oleszek J, Powell A. Cerebral Palsy. Chapman’s Orthopedics. 4th edition. Jaypee Bros., New Delhi, India. 2019 Jan 31;4(281):5599-5615.

Ni P, Mulcahey MJ, Slavin MD, Thielen CC, Vogel LC, Sadowsky C, Davidson LT, Jette AM. Tracking Spinal Cord Injury Functional Outcomes Across the Lifespan: Validation of Linking Coefficients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Oct;100(10):1924-1931. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2019.05.022. Epub 2019 May 30. PMID:31153853.

Mulcahey MJ, Thielen CC, Sadowsky C, Silvestri JL, Martin R, White L, Cagney JA, Vogel LC, Schottler J, Davidson L, Parry I, Taylor HB, Higgins K, Feltz ML, Sinko R, Bultman J, Mazurkiewicz J, Gaughan J. Despite limitations in content range, the SCIM-III is reproducible and a valid indicator of physical function in youths with spinal cord injury and dysfunction. Spinal Cord. 2018 Apr;56(4):332-340. doi:10.1038/s41393-017-0036-0. Epub 2017 Dec 22. PMID:29269778.

Davidson LT, Oleszek JO. Rehabilitation Medicine, Chapter 712: Spasticity. Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics, 21st Edition. Elsevier. 2017;712:pp. (Revision of previous chapter in process).

Calhoun Thielen C, Sadowsky C, Vogel LC, Taylor H, Davidson L, Bultman J, Gaughan J, Mulcahey MJ. Evaluation of the Walking Index for Spinal Cord Injury II (WISCI-II) in children with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Spinal Cord. 2017 May;55(5):478-482. doi:10.1038/sc.2016.142. Epub 2016 Oct 18. PMID:27752056.

Davidson L, Oleszek J, Powell A. Cerebral Palsy. Chapman’s Orthopedics. 2015.

Powell A, Davidson L. Pediatric spinal cord injury: a review by organ system. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2015 Feb;26(1):109-32. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2014.09.002. PMID:25479784.

Davidson LT, Oleszek JO. Part XXXIII: Rehabilitation Medicine, Chapter 712: Spasticity. Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics, 20th Edition. Elsevier. 2016;33(713);3404-6.

Davidson LT, Oleszek JO, Middleton J. Chapter 12: Spasticity, Clinics in Developmental Medicine. Spinal Cord Injury in the Child and Young Adult. Mac Keith Press, UK. 2014;12:167-181.