Carol Vandenakker Albanese, M.D.

Carol Vandenakker Albanese, M.D.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • Associate Residency Program Director
  • Faculty Development Director
  • Professor


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

Cannery Building

3301 C St., Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95816
Driving Directions

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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-6493
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Vandenakker-Albanese has clinical interests in diagnosis and non-operative care of spine conditions and problems related to sequelae of polio. She has extensive experience working with a team of spine specialists to provide patients with consultation, an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatments and therapies available. Dr. Vandenakker-Albanese is well-known for her expertise in post-polio syndrome and established the UC Davis Post-Polio Clinic in 2001.

Dr. Vandenakker-Albanese emphasizes patient education regarding their conditions to promote self-management and patient directed care. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to spine care and the management of polio-related conditions. She reviews manuscripts for multiple medical journals and has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal publications on topics relating to aging with disability, and rehabilitation of spine and post-polio conditions.



Research/Academic Interests

As the department's Mentoring Director and Associate Residency Program Director, Dr. Vandenakker promotes quality medical education and fosters professional development.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Center/Program Affiliation

Spine Center


M.D., Oral Roberts University, Tulsa OK 1986

B.S., Oral Roberts University, Tulsa OK 1980

Internship: Internal Medicine, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University, New York NY 1986-1987


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rusk Institute of Rehab Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York NY 1987-1990

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Association of Academic Physiatrists

International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

North American Spine Society

Honors and Awards

David D. Kilmer Faculty Teaching Award, 2014

Select Recent Publications

Albanese CV, Reddy S. The Current State: Epidemiology and Working Toward Eradication. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2021 Aug;32(3):467-476. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2021.02.003. Epub 2021 Apr 29. PMID:34175007.

Vandenakker-Albanese C. Medical Management of Post-Polio Syndrome. Post-Polio Health. 2019 Winter;35(4).

Joyce N, Vandenakker Albanese C. Motor Neuron Disease. Chapman’s Comprehensive Orthopaedic Surgery, Fourth Edition. 2019.

Vandenakker Albanese C, Dorsett J. Physiatric History and Physical Exam. Chapman’s Comprehensive Orthopaedic Surgery, Fourth Edition. 2019.

Vandenakker-Albanese C. Poliomyelitis/ Post-Polio Syndrome. PM&R Knowledge NOW/ American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2013 August 30.

Siegel L, Vandenakker-Albanese C, Siegel D. Anterior cruciate ligament injuries: anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and management. Clin J Sport Med. 2012 Jul;22(4):349-55. doi:10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182580cd0. PMID:22695402.

Moore MN, Vandenakker-Albanese C, Hoffman MD. Use of partial body-weight support for aggressive return to running after lumbar disk herniation: a case report. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 May;91(5):803-5. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2010.01.014. PMID:20434621.

Grimby G, Li J, Vandenakker C, Sandel ME. Post-polio syndrome: a perspective from three countries. PM R. 2009 Nov;1(11):1035-40. doi:10.1016/j.pmrj.2009.09.005. PMID:19942191.

Vandenakker-Albanese C, Zhao H. Brown-Sequard Syndrome., MedScape. 2001. Available: Last modified 6/6/20.

Vandenakker CB, Glass DD. Menopause and aging with disability. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2001 Feb;12(1):133-51. PMID:11853033.