Winston Chiong, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
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Dr. Winston Chiong is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology Memory and Aging Center, and is principal investigator of the UCSF Decision Lab. His clinical practice focuses on Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and other cognitive disorders of aging. His research has two main themes:

  1. the neural bases of decision-making in the aging brain, focusing on how brain systems involved in financial and medical decisions are influenced by health and disease; and
  2. the ethical and policy implications of alterations to brain function, informed by the experiences of patients with brain diseases and those undergoing new brain-based therapies.

He is Co-Chair of the UCSF Department of Neurology Diversity Committee, 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. Nationally, he serves on the Neuroethics Working Group of the National Institutes of Health BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Multi-Council Working Group and the American Academy of Neurology’s Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee.

His work is informed by his interdisciplinary training in clinical medicine, philosophy and cognitive neuroscience. 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.


Neuroethics Guiding Principles for the NIH BRAIN Initiative.

The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

Greely HT, Grady C, Ramos KM, Chiong W, Eberwine J, Farahany NA, Johnson LSM, Hyman BT, Hyman SE, Rommelfanger KS, Serrano EE

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