Christopher M. Filley, MD - Clinical Researcher

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Fellowship, Boston Veterans Administration Hospital

Residency, University of Colorado Affiliated Hospitals

MD, Johns Hopkins University

Professional Titles

Director, Behavioral Neurology

Professor, Neurology and Psychiatry

Senior Scientific Advisor, Marcus Institute for Brain Health


Christopher M. Filley, MD, is Director of the Behavioral Neurology Section, and Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also serves as Senior Scientific Advisor for the Marcus Institute for Brain Health. Dr. Filley evaluates patients referred for behavioral neurology consultation at the Neurobehavior Clinic of the University of Colorado Hospital, providing a regional resource for expert subspecialty care for complex disorders of cognition. Although Alzheimer's disease has been a major focus of his work, his primary interest is in the behavioral neurology of white matter, including neurologic, psychiatric, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and neuropathological aspects of a wide variety of white matter disorders. Through his role in the CU Alzheimer's and Cognition Center Clinical Core, Dr. Filley participates in observational and clinical trials for potential Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia therapeutics. He is also the author of three monographs – Neurobehavioral AnatomyThe Behavioral Neurology of White Matter, and White Matter Dementia – and he is the senior editor of the textbook Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Filley recently published an article in The Conversation on the importance of white matter to understanding the brain.

Recent Publications

Filley CM. Progress in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury. Neurology. 2020 Jul 08. PMID: 32641522.

Filley CM. Social Cognition and White Matter: Connectivity and Cooperation. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2020 Mar; 33(1):67-75.

Filley CM. On the Trail of White Matter. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2020 Feb 27; appineuropsych19120359.

A list of Dr. Filley's publications can be found on Colorado PROFILES

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