Allison Capizzi, M.D.

Allison Nuovo Capizzi, M.D.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Brain Injury Medicine


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Medicine Director, PM&R Brain Injury
  • Co-Director, Multidisciplinary TBI Clinic


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95817
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UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

3160 Folsom Blvd, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-7041
Clinic Fax: 916-734-6695
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Capizzi is an advocate for patients with neurologic impairments and acquired brain injuries. She strives to maximize her patients' function, independence and quality of life. She takes a patient-centered approach to care with the goal of achieving the best outcome possible for each person.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Capizzi is a physiatrist (rehabilitation doctor) who specializes in brain injury medicine. She offers care for pediatric and adult patients with acquired brain injuries including traumatic brain injury, stroke, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and brain tumors. She has special clinical interest and expertise in concussion management, spasticity management, and disorders of consciousness.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Capizzi's past research includes evaluating medication cost, gender equality in healthcare professions and using new technologies to improve patient care for those with neurologic disabilities. Additionally, her research interests include improving outcomes for patients with traumatic brain injury, innovations in spasticity and dystonia management, medical education and promoting diversity in healthcare.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus OH 2015

B.A., UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA 2010

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT 2015-2016


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT 2016-2019


Brain Injury Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston TX 2019-2020

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Brain Injury Medicine,

Stanford Faculty Development Course Certification, Medical Education,

University of Houston Clear Lake Healthcare Management Certificate, Healthcare Management,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Honors and Awards

Resident Research Award for outstanding quality of work on a research project, University of Utah, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2019

Ernest W. Johnson, MD Medical Student Award for outstanding performance in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2015

Select Recent Publications

Capizzi A, Woo J, Verduzco-Gutierrez M. Traumatic Brain Injury: An Overview of Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Medical Management. Med Clin North Am. 2020 Mar;104(2):213-238. doi:10.1016/j.mcna.2019.11.001.

Capizzi AN, Kirk MN, Lee VA, Cushman DM. Evaluating Physician Knowledge of Commonly Prescribed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Discharge Medication’s Costs: An Observational Study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 May 8. doi:10.1097/PHM.0000000000001219. Online ahead of print. PMID:31082820.

Capizzi A, Rudolph L, Hayes H, Teramoto M, Edgley S. Poster 90: Assessing stroke patients' steps using the GarminVivofit3: A validity study. AAPM&R. 2018 Sep:10(9S1):S36.