Winston Chiong, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
+1 415 502-7326

Dr. Winston Chiong is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology Memory and Aging Center, where his clinical practice focuses on Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, and other cognitive disorders of aging. He is the Associate Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, is a member of the UCSF Medical Center Ethics Committee, and co-directs the Ethics, Law and Society Curriculum of the Global Brain Health Institute.

He received his PhD degree in philosophy from New York University and his MD degree from UCSF. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University and a residency in neurology at UCSF. He then underwent postdoctoral research training in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging at UC Berkeley and clinical training in dementia at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. 

Dr. Chiong's academic interests lie at the intersection of philosophy, clinical medicine and cognitive neuroscience. His current research concerns decision-making in the aging brain, with a particular focus on how brain structures involved in financial and medical decisions are influenced by aging and disease, and on the ethical and policy implications of these changes.


Head Positioning in Acute Stroke.

The New England journal of medicine

Feldman WB, Chiong W, Kim SYH

Development of an adaptive, personalized, and scalable dementia care program: Early findings from the Care Ecosystem.

PLoS medicine

Possin KL, Merrilees J, Bonasera SJ, Bernstein A, Chiong W, Lee K, Wilson L, Hooper SM, Dulaney S, Braley T, Laohavanich S, Feuer JE, Clark AM, Schaffer MW, Schenk AK, Heunis J, Ong P, Cook KM, Bowhay AD, Gearhart R, Chodos A, Naasan G, Bindman AB, Dohan D, Ritchie C, Miller BL

Distinct Subtypes of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia Based on Patterns of Network Degeneration.

JAMA neurology

Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Pressman PS, Perry DC, Lobach IV, Seeley WW, Coppola G, Karydas AM, Grinberg LT, Shany-Ur T, Lee SE, Rabinovici GD, Rosen HJ, Gorno-Tempini ML, Boxer AL, Miller ZA, Chiong W, DeMay M, Kramer JH, Possin KL, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Neylan M, Zackey DD, Nguyen LA, Ketelle R, Block N, Wu TQ, Dallich A, Russek N, Caplan A, Geschwind DH, Vossel KA, Miller BL

Effect of waivers of consent on recruitment in acute stroke trials: A systematic review.


Feldman WB, Kim AS, Josephson SA, Lowenstein DH, Chiong W

Neuroeconomic dissociation of semantic dementia and behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia.

Brain : a journal of neurology

Chiong W, Wood KA, Beagle AJ, Hsu M, Kayser AS, Miller BL, Kramer JH

Inability to consent does not diminish the desirability of stroke thrombolysis.

Annals of neurology

Chiong W, Kim AS, Huang IA, Farahany NA, Josephson SA

Testing the presumption of consent to emergency treatment for acute ischemic stroke.


Chiong W, Kim AS, Huang IA, Farahany NA, Josephson SA

The salience network causally influences default mode network activity during moral reasoning.

Brain : a journal of neurology

Chiong W, Wilson SM, D'Esposito M, Kayser AS, Grossman SN, Poorzand P, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Financial errors in dementia: testing a neuroeconomic conceptual framework.


Chiong W, Hsu M, Wudka D, Miller BL, Rosen HJ

Equipoise and the dilemma of randomized clinical trials.

The New England journal of medicine

Chiong W

The real problem with equipoise.

The American journal of bioethics : AJOB

Chiong W

Brain death without definitions.

The Hastings Center report

Chiong W

Industry-to-physician marketing and the cost of prescription drugs.

The American journal of bioethics : AJOB

Chiong W

PHOG, a candidate gene for involvement in the short stature of Turner syndrome.

Human molecular genetics

Ellison JW, Wardak Z, Young MF, Gehron Robey P, Laig-Webster M, Chiong W