Dr. Christopher M. Filley is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and Director of the Behavioral Neurology Section at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After medical school, he trained in Neurology at the University of Colorado, and completed a Behavioral Neurology fellowship with Norman Geschwind at the Boston VA Hospital. He joined the University of Colorado in 1984 as the first behavioral neurologist in its history. In 1991, he founded the medical school’s Behavioral Neurology Section, which has now grown to 25 members. His research focuses on brain-behavior relationships in a variety of cognitive disorders including the dementias and traumatic brain injury.
While conducting clinical research and drug trials in Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Filley developed a career interest in the neurobehavioral aspects of white matter disorders, introducing the concept of white matter dementia in 1988. Listed for many years in the Best Doctors of America and America’s Top Doctors, Dr. Filley has received numerous teaching awards and been invited to speak in many national and international settings. From 2010 to 2017, he was Neurology Service Chief at the Denver VA Medical Center, and since 2017 he has served as Senior Scientific Advisor at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health.
Dr. Filley is the author or co-author of 170 peer-reviewed papers and the author of three books – Neurobehavioral Anatomy, now in its third edition, The Behavioral Neurology of White Matter, now in its second edition, and White Matter Dementia – and he is senior editor of the acclaimed textbook Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry.
Dr. Filley recently published an article in The Conversation on the importance of white matter to unlocking the brain's mysteries.