David N. Alexander, MD

David N. Alexander, MD

Neurorehabilitation| Neurology


Positions and Employment

  • 2016 - Susan and David Wilstein Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine
  • 2015 - Present, Medical Director, California Rehabilitation Institute
  • 2008 - 2016 Director, Neurological Rehabilitation and Research Unit, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
  • 2008 - Professor, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • Director, Core Curriculum for Neurology Residency Training Program, UCLA, 2009-2015
  • Member, Medical Institutional Review Board, Office of the Human Research Protection Program, UCLA, 2009

Academic Office

Reed Neurological Research Center
710 Westwood Plaza
Room 1-146
Los Angeles, California 90095


Medical Board Certifications

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1985


Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1983


Boston University Medical Center, 1980


University of Minnesota GME, MD, 1979

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

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  • Awarded the inaugural Susan and David Wilstein Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine, 2016Honors
    • 2011 Serge and Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    • 2010 Teacher Recognition Certificate, A.B. Baker Section of Neurologic Educators, AAN
    • 2007 Golden Hammer Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Dept. of Neurology, UCLA
    • 2005 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
    • 2003 Golden Hammer Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Dept. of Neurology, UCLA
    • 1979 Alpha Omega Alpha
    • 1975 B.A. Cum Laude