Education

Residency
Neurology, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1983
Internship
Internal Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, 1980
Degree
MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1979

Medical Board Certifications

Vascular Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2005
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab, 2001
Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1985

State License

G50851
  • About Me

    About Me

    Positions and Employment

    • 1979-1980 Intern in Medicine, University Hospital, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA
    • 1980-1983 Resident in Neurology, Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, New York, NY
    • 1983-2002 Neurology and Rehabilitation Medical Group Physician, Los Angeles, CA
    • 1984-1986 Medical Director, Daniel Freeman Marina Rehabilitation Hospital, Marina Del Rey, CA
    • 1985-1993 Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine
    • 1986-1988 Director, Exercise and Support Group for Parkinson Disease, Inglewood, CA
    • 1986-1990 Consulting Rehabilitation Neurologist, High Desert Hospital, Lancaster, CA
    • 1987-1988 Consulting Rehabilitation Neurologist, Meadowbrook Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
    • 1989-1999 Director, Stroke Rehabilitation, Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Inglewood, CA
    • 1993-2007 Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine
    • 1994-1995 Medical Director, South Bay Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, Redondo Beach, CA
    • 1994-1999 Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Inglewood, CA
    • 1999-2004 Medical Director, The Rehabilitation Center at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hosp., Inglewood, CA
    • 2000-2002 Co-Director, UCLA Spasticity Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2002- Attending Physician for UCLA Neurology Residents' Continuity Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2002-2006 Neurohospitalist at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Inglewood, CA
    • 2004-2008 Medical Director, Centinela Freeman Rehabilitation Center, Inglewood, CA
    • 2008-2009 Medical Director of Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Skilled Nursing Unit and Physical Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2008- Associate Director, UCLA Neurology Residency Training
    • 2008- Professor, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    • 2008- Director, Neurological Rehabilitation and Research Unit, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


    Other Experience and Professional Membership

    • American Neurological Association
    • American Academy of Neurology
    • American Society of Neurorehabilitation
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
    • Expert panel member, Practice Guidelines for Stroke Rehabilitation, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research,
      (AHCPR) 1991-1995
    • Member, Certifying Examination Committee for the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, 1991-2002
    • Fellow, American Heart Association and the Stroke Council (F.A.H.A.), 2001-
    • Site Surveyor, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), 1993-2001
    • Member, Healthwise Medical Review Board, , Boise, Idaho, 1994 to 2011
    • Member, Medical Policy and Technology Assessment Committee, Blue Cross of California, Wellpoint, and Anthem Blue Cross 1996-
    • Guideline Developer, “Tissue Plasminogen Activator (t-PA) for Acute Ischemic Stroke.” National Guideline Clearinghouse 1997-2002
    • Member, Veteran’s Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development, Scientific Merit Review Subcommittee for Rehabilitation Research Centers, 2001
    • Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), Development Panel: Stroke Guidelines, Department of Defense, Veteran’s Administration, October 2001- June 2002.
    • Expert Panel Member, Mid-term Grant Review for the Canadian Stroke Network, Network of Centres of Excellence/Réseaux de centres d'excellence, Ottawa, Canada, October 7-9, 2002
    • Member, Board of Directors, American Society of NeuroRehabilitation (ASNR), 2008-2012
    • Site Director, Residency Training Program for PM&R of the UCLA/Veteran’s Administration of Greater Los Angeles
    • Health System Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency, 2005-2007
    • Editorial Board Member, Stroke, 2008-2010
    • Director, Core Curriculum for Neurology Residency Training Program, UCLA, 2009-
    • Member, Medical Institutional Review Board, Office of the Human Research Protection Program, UCLA, 2009-

    Links

  • Locations
    Address
    710 Westwood Plaza
    Room 1-146
    Los Angeles , California 90095
    Phone
    310-825-2400
  • Education

    Medical Board Certifications

    Vascular Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2005
    Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
    American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab, 2001
    Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1985

    Education

    Residency
    Neurology, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1983
    Internship
    Internal Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, 1980
    Degree
    MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1979
  • Research

    Publications

    • Shnider A, Benson DF, Alexander DN, and Shnider-Klaus A "Non-verbal environmental sound recognition after unilateral hemispheric stroke." Brain, 117(Pt 2), 281-7, 1994
    • O'Brien CF, Simpson DM, Alexander DN, Tagliati M, Aswad AS, Gibson J, and Monaghan EP, "A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate Botulinum Toxin Type A in the Treatment of Spasticity" Neurology, Volume 45, Number 4 (Supplement 4), page A329, April, 1995
    • Gresham GE, Duncan PW, Stason WB, Adams HP, Adelman AM, Alexander DN, Bishop DS, Diller L, Donaldson NE, Granger CV, et al. Post-Stroke Rehabilitation. Guideline Report , Number 16. AHCPR Pub. No. 95-0662. Rockville, MD: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. May 1995.
    • Simpson DM, Alexander DN, O'Brien CF, Tagliati M, Aswad AS, Leon JM, Gibson J, Mordaunt JM, and Monaghan EP, "Botulinum toxin type A in the treatment of spasticity: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial" Neurology, Volume 46, No. 5, pp 1306-1310, May 1996
    • Alexander DN, “Approaches to Rehabilitation of Ischemic Stroke”, The American Journal of Medicine, pp16-21, December 1996. Laouri M, Johnston MV, Alexander DN, Bergstrom N, Duncan PW, Lawthers A, Nielsen D, Silverstein B, Stason W “Can Clinical Practice Guidelines Increase the Cost-Effectiveness of Geriatric Rehabilitation?” Medical Care, Volume 35, Number 6, ppJS84-89, Supplement, June 1997
    • Schnider A, Hanlon RE, Alexander DN, Benson DF, “Ideomotor apraxia: behavioral dimensions and neuroanatomical basis”, Brain Lang 1997 Jun 1;58(1):125-136 Gresham, GE, Alexander, D, Bishop, DS, Giulani, C, Goldberg, D, Holland, A, Kelly-Hayes, M, Linn, RT, Roth, EJ, Stason, WB, and Trombly, CA “American Heart Association Prevention Conference IV: Prevention and Rehabilitation of Stroke”, Stroke, Volume 28, Number 7, pages 1522-26, July, 1997
    • Brin, M, and the Spasticity Study Group (Alexander, DN) “Dosing, Administration, and a Treatment Algorithm for Use of Botulinum Toxin Type A for Adult-Onset Spasticity”, Muscle & Nerve, Volume 20 (Supplement 6), pp208-220, 1997
    • David N. Alexander MD, Steven Cen MS, Katherine J. Sullivan PhD, Gitu Bhavnani MA, Xiuling Ma PhD, Stanley P. Azen PhD for the ASAP Study Group: “Effects of Acupuncture Treatment on Post-stroke Motor Recovery and Physical Function: A Pilot Study”. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, December 2004
    • Childers M K, Brashear A, Jozefczyk P, Reding M, Alexander D, et al. Dose-dependent response to intramuscular botulinum toxin type A for upper-limb spasticity in patients after a stroke. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 2004;85(7):1063-1069.
    • Alexander, DN. “Paraplegia caused by invasive spinal aspergillosis” Neurology, 69(2), 222-3; 2007 Bates B, Glasberg J, Hughes K, Katz R, Priefer B, Richards L, Ruff R, Sullivan P, Zartman AL, Cassidy C, Lux L, Viswanathan M, Lohr K, Bowles A, Crumpton S, Lambert K, Alexander DN, Duncan PW, Lutz B, Degenhardt E, Klar AV, D'Erasmo M, Fishman R., Veteran’s Administration & Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Stroke Rehabilitation, October 2010
    • Duncan PW, Sullivan KJ, Behrman AL, Azen SP, Wu SS, Nadeau SE, Dobkin BH, Rose DK, Tilson JK, Cen S, Hayden SK; LEAPS Investigative Team (DN Alexander, Site Investigator). Body-weight-supported treadmill rehabilitation after stroke. N Engl J Med. 2011 May 26; 364(21): 2026-36. PubMed PMID: 21612471; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3175688.
    • Higashida, R, Alberts, M J, Alexander, D N, et al. (2013). Interactions within stroke systems of care: a policy statement from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke, 44(10), 2961-2984.
  • News & Awards

    Awards


    Honors

    • 1975 B.A. Cum Laude
    • 1979 Alpha Omega Alpha
    • 2003 Golden Hammer Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Dept. of Neurology, UCLA
    • 2005 Award for Outstanding Service and Exemplary Teaching, Dept. of Neurology, UCLA
    • 2005 Golden Hammer Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Dept. of Neurology, UCLA
    • 2007 Golden Hammer Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Dept. of Neurology, UCLA
    • 2010 Teacher Recognition Certificate, A.B. Baker Section of Neurologic Educators, AAN
    • 2011 Serge and Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA