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Felicia Chow, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Columbia UniversityB.A.2000
    Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineM.D.2007
    Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General HospitalsResidency2011
    University of California, San FranciscoM.A.S.2014
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship2014
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Dr. Felicia Chow is a board-certified neurologist and neuro-infectious diseases physician who specializes in caring for patients with a wide range of neurological infections, including brain abscesses, neurocysticercosis, neurosyphilis, neurological complications of HIV and infectious causes of meningitis, encephalitis and myelitis. She directs the UCSF Neuro-Infectious Diseases Clinic on the Parnassus campus and also sees patients at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Chow has an active clinical research program focused on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of neurological complications of infections (e.g., cerebrovascular disease in HIV), with the goal of developing and implementing diagnostic tools and interventions to improve the outcomes of patients with neuro-infectious diseases worldwide. In addition, she is involved in global health education and mentorship for neurology trainees interested in the field of global health, coordinating international experiences for residents and supporting the development of their scholarly projects.

    Dr. Chow earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital followed by a residency in neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was selected to serve as chief resident. She completed fellowship training in neuro-infectious diseases and HIV neurology and earned an MAS in clinical research from UCSF. Dr. Chow is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and has a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America and HIV Medicine Association.

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    Pharmacokinetics and tolerability of adjunctive linezolid for the treatment of tuberculous meningitis
    NIH/FIC R21TW011035Jul 20, 2018 - Apr 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effects of the neural and inflammatory response to stress on cerebrovascular risk in HIV infection
    NIH/NINDS K23NS105575Sep 30, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effects of the neural and inflammatory response to stress on cerebrovascular risk in HIV infection
    NIH/NINDS K23NS10557501A1Sep 30, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Cerebrovascular mechanisms of HIV-associated cognitive impairment in China
    NIH 1R21TW010148-01A1Sep 7, 2016 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The role of immune activation and inflammation in cerebrovascular risk in HIV-infected women and men
    UCSF CTSI KL2TR001870/TR000143Jul 1, 2015 - Sep 29, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra for the Diagnosis of Tuberculous Meningitis: A Small Step Forward. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jun 16. Donovan J, Cresswell FV, Thuong NTT, Boulware DR, Thwaites GE, Bahr NC. PMID: 32543658.
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    2. The regional pattern of abnormal cerebrovascular reactivity in HIV-infected, virally suppressed women. J Neurovirol. 2020 Jun 04. Callen AL, Dupont SM, Pyne J, Talbott J, Tien P, Calabrese E, Saloner D, Chow FC, Narvid J. PMID: 32500476.
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    3. A rare case of HIV CNS escape in a patient previously considered a viral controller. Int J STD AIDS. 2020 Jun; 31(7):694-698. Magid-Bernstein J, Guo CY, Chow FC, Thakur KT. PMID: 32538333.
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    4. Prevention of stroke in people living with HIV. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2020 Mar - Apr; 63(2):160-169. Nguyen I, Kim AS, Chow FC. PMID: 32014514.
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    5. Baseline 10-year cardiovascular risk scores predict cognitive function in older persons, and particularly women, living with HIV infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jan 03. Chow FC, Lyass A, Mahoney TF, Massaro JM, Triant VA, Wu K, Berzins B, Robertson K, Ellis RJ, Tassiopoulos K, Taiwo B, D'Agostino RB. PMID: 31899478.
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    6. Standardized approaches for clinical sampling and endpoint ascertainment in tuberculous meningitis studies. Wellcome Open Res. 2019; 4:204. Rohlwink UK, Chow FC, Wasserman S, Dian S, Lai RP, Chaidir L, Hamers RL, Wilkinson RJ, Boulware DR, Cresswell FV, van Laarhoven A. PMID: 32399496.
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    7. Tuberculous meningitis: new tools and new approaches required. Wellcome Open Res. 2019; 4:181. Seddon JA, Thwaites GE. PMID: 31803849.
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    8. Neurocognitive and functional impairment in adult and paediatric tuberculous meningitis. Wellcome Open Res. 2019; 4:178. Davis AG, Nightingale S, Springer PE, Solomons R, Arenivas A, Wilkinson RJ, Anderson ST, Chow FC. PMID: 31984243.
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    9. Management of intracranial tuberculous mass lesions: how long should we treat for? Wellcome Open Res. 2019; 4:158. Marais S, Van Toorn R, Chow FC, Manesh A, Siddiqi OK, Figaji A, Schoeman JF, Meintjes G. PMID: 32047859.
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    10. Association Between Bilirubin, Atazanavir, and Cardiovascular Disease Events Among People Living With HIV Across the United States. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 08 15; 81(5):e141-e147. Crane HM, Nance RM, Heckbert SR, Ritchings C, Rosenblatt L, Budoff M, Wood BR, Tirschwell DL, Kim HN, Mathews WC, Geng E, Moore RD, Hunt PW, Eron JJ, Burkholder GA, Drozd DR, Chow FC, Becker KJ, Zunt JR, Ho EL, Kalani R, Huffer A, Whitney BM, Saag MS, Kitahata MM, Delaney JAC. PMID: 31135582.
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    11. Building a neuroinfectious disease consensus curriculum. Neurology. 2019 07 30; 93(5):208-216. Venkatesan A, Chow FC, Aksamit A, Bartt R, Bleck TP, Jay C, Pastula DM, Roos KL, Rumbaugh J, Saylor D, Cho TA. PMID: 31253643.
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    12. Clinical Metagenomic Sequencing for Diagnosis of Meningitis and Encephalitis. N Engl J Med. 2019 06 13; 380(24):2327-2340. Wilson MR, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Arevalo S, Yu G, Neuhaus J, Federman S, Stryke D, Briggs B, Langelier C, Berger A, Douglas V, Josephson SA, Chow FC, Fulton BD, DeRisi JL, Gelfand JM, Naccache SN, Bender J, Dien Bard J, Murkey J, Carlson M, Vespa PM, Vijayan T, Allyn PR, Campeau S, Humphries RM, Klausner JD, Ganzon CD, Memar F, Ocampo NA, Zimmermann LL, Cohen SH, Polage CR, DeBiasi RL, Haller B, Dallas R, Maron G, Hayden R, Messacar K, Dominguez SR, Miller S, Chiu CY. PMID: 31189036.
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    13. Physical Activity Is Associated With Lower Odds of Cognitive Impairment in Women but Not Men Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. J Infect Dis. 2019 01 07; 219(2):264-274. Chow FC, Makanjuola A, Wu K, Berzins B, Kim KA, Ogunniyi A, Ellis RJ, Robertson K, Tassiopoulos K, Taiwo BO. PMID: 30137500.
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    14. Standardized approaches for clinical sampling and endpoint ascertainment in tuberculous meningitis studies. Wellcome Open Research. 2019 Jan 1; 4:204. Ursula K Rohlwink, Felicia C Chow, Sean Wasserman, Sofiati Dian, Rachel PJ Lai, Lidya Chaidir, Raph L Hamers, Robert J Wilkinson, David R Boulware, Fiona V Cresswell, Arjan van Laarhoven. .
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    15. Management of intracranial tuberculous mass lesions: how long should we treat for?. Wellcome Open Research. 2019 Jan 1; 4:158. Suzaan Marais, Ronald Van Toorn, Felicia C. Chow, Abi Manesh, Omar K. Siddiqi, Anthony Figaji, Johan F. Schoeman, Graeme Meintjes. .
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    16. Stroke in HIV. Can J Cardiol. 2019 03; 35(3):280-287. Bogorodskaya M, Chow FC, Triant VA. PMID: 30825950.
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    17. Validation of the Intracerebral Hemorrhage Score in Uganda. Stroke. 2018 12; 49(12):3063-3066. Abdallah A, Chang JL, O'Carroll CB, Okello S, Olum S, Acan M, Aden AA, Chow FC, Siedner MJ. PMID: 30571425.
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    18. Cerebral Vasoreactivity Evaluated by the Breath-Holding Challenge Correlates With Performance on a Cognitive Screening Test in Persons Living With Treated HIV Infection in China. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 11 01; 79(3):e101-e104. Chow FC, Wang H, Li Y, Mehta N, Hu Y, Han Y, Xie J, Lu W, Xu W, Li T. PMID: 29995703.
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    19. Brain and Spinal Epidural Abscess. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2018 10; 24(5, Neuroinfectious Disease):1327-1348. Chow F. PMID: 30273242.
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    20. Detection of (1,3)-ß-d-Glucan in Cerebrospinal Fluid in Histoplasma Meningitis. J Clin Microbiol. 2018 10; 56(10). Myint T, Chow FC, Bloch KC, Raymond-Guillen L, Davis TE, Wright PW, Woc-Colburn L, Khairy RN, Street AC, Yamamoto T, Albers A, Wheat LJ, Hage CA. PMID: 30021828.
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    21. Brain MRI Features of CSF Human Immunodeficiency Virus Escape. J Neuroimaging. 2018 11; 28(6):601-607. Narvid J, Callen A, Talbott J, Uzelac A, Dupont SM, Chow F, Price RW, Rehani B. PMID: 30079471.
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    22. Chronic Meningitis Investigated via Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing. JAMA Neurol. 2018 08 01; 75(8):947-955. Wilson MR, O'Donovan BD, Gelfand JM, Sample HA, Chow FC, Betjemann JP, Shah MP, Richie MB, Gorman MP, Hajj-Ali RA, Calabrese LH, Zorn KC, Chow ED, Greenlee JE, Blum JH, Green G, Khan LM, Banerji D, Langelier C, Bryson-Cahn C, Harrington W, Lingappa JR, Shanbhag NM, Green AJ, Brew BJ, Soldatos A, Strnad L, Doernberg SB, Jay CA, Douglas V, Josephson SA, DeRisi JL. PMID: 29710329.
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    23. Stroke incidence is highest in women and non-Hispanic blacks living with HIV in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group Longitudinal Linked Randomized Trials cohort. AIDS. 2018 Jun 1; 32(9):1125-1135. Felicia C. Chow, Michael R. Wilson, Kunling Wu, Ronald J. Ellis, Ronald J. Bosch, Benjamin P. Linas. .
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    24. Stroke in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected Individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): A Systematic Review. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2018 Jul; 27(7):1828-1836. Abdallah A, Chang JL, O'Carroll CB, Musubire A, Chow FC, Wilson AL, Siedner MJ. PMID: 29628338.
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    25. Improvement in Diagnosis of Histoplasma Meningitis by Combined Testing for Histoplasma Antigen and Immunoglobulin G and Immunoglobulin M Anti-Histoplasma Antibody in Cerebrospinal Fluid. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 01 06; 66(1):89-94. Bloch KC, Myint T, Raymond-Guillen L, Hage CA, Davis TE, Wright PW, Chow FC, Woc-Colburn L, Khairy RN, Street AC, Yamamoto T, Albers A, Wheat LJ. PMID: 29020213.
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    26. Elevated ischemic stroke risk among women living with HIV infection. AIDS. 2018 Jan 02; 32(1):59-67. Chow FC, Regan S, Zanni MV, Looby SE, Bushnell CD, Meigs JB, Grinspoon SK, Feske SK, Triant VA. PMID: 28926405.
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    27. Pleocytosis is not fully responsible for low CSF glucose in meningitis. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2018 Jan; 5(1):e425. Baud MO, Vitt JR, Robbins NM, Wabl R, Wilson MR, Chow FC, Gelfand JM, Josephson SA, Miller S. PMID: 29296633.
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    28. Sex Matters in Neuroinfectious Diseases. Semin Neurol. 2017 12; 37(6):694-704. Chow FC. PMID: 29270943.
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    29. Central Nervous System Infections Associated with Immunosuppressive Therapy for Rheumatic Disease. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2017 11; 43(4):607-619. Bradshaw MJ, Cho TA, Chow FC. PMID: 29061246.
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    30. Greater Risk of Stroke of Undetermined Etiology in a Contemporary HIV-Infected Cohort Compared with Uninfected Individuals. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 May; 26(5):1154-1160. Chow FC, Price RW, Hsue PY, Kim AS. PMID: 28262563.
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    31. Relationship Between HIV Infection, Antiretroviral Therapy, Inflammatory Markers, and Cerebrovascular Endothelial Function Among Adults in Urban China. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 03 01; 74(3):339-346. Chow FC, Li Y, Hu Y, Chan J, Wang H, Xu W, Price RW, Sorond FA, Li T. PMID: 27875362.
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    32. Neurologic Complications in Treated HIV-1 Infection. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 07; 16(7):62. Bhatia NS, Chow FC. PMID: 27170369.
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    33. The Upside of Bias: A Case of Chronic Meningitis Due to Sporothrix Schenckii in an Immunocompetent Host. Neurohospitalist. 2017 Jan; 7(1):30-34. Hessler C, Kauffman CA, Chow FC. PMID: 28042367.
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    34. Cerebral vasoreactivity is impaired in treated, virally suppressed HIV-infected individuals. AIDS. 2016 Jan 02; 30(1):45-55. Chow FC, Boscardin WJ, Mills C, Ko N, Carroll C, Price RW, Deeks S, Sorond FA, Hsue PY. PMID: 26372478.
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    35. Multicenter cohort study of diabetes mellitus and impaired fasting glucose in HIV-infected patients in China. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Mar 01; 68(3):298-303. Zhang C, Chow FC, Han Y, Xie J, Qiu Z, Guo F, Li Y, Wang H, Li T. PMID: 25469524.
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    36. Use of clinical and neuroimaging characteristics to distinguish temporal lobe herpes simplex encephalitis from its mimics. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 May 01; 60(9):1377-83. Chow FC, Glaser CA, Sheriff H, Xia D, Messenger S, Whitley R, Venkatesan A. PMID: 25637586.
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    37. Opinion and special articles: An interdisciplinary neuroinfectious diseases clinic to improve patient care and training. Neurology. 2015 Jan 06; 84(1):e1-4. Chow FC, Schwartz BS, Josephson SA. PMID: 25548243.
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    38. Effect of CD4+ cell count and viral suppression on risk of ischemic stroke in HIV infection. AIDS. 2014 Nov 13; 28(17):2573-7. Chow FC, Bacchetti P, Kim AS, Price RW, Hsue PY. PMID: 25160935.
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    39. Elevated rates of intracerebral hemorrhage in individuals from a US clinical care HIV cohort. Neurology. 2014 Nov 04; 83(19):1705-11. Chow FC, He W, Bacchetti P, Regan S, Feske SK, Meigs JB, Grinspoon SK, Triant VA. PMID: 25280902.
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    40. Emerging and reemerging neurologic infections. Neurohospitalist. 2014 Oct; 4(4):173-84. Chow FC, Glaser CA. PMID: 25360203.
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    41. HIV infection and incidence of ischemic stroke. AIDS. 2014 Aug 24; 28(13):1911-9. Marcus JL, Leyden WA, Chao CR, Chow FC, Horberg MA, Hurley LB, Klein DB, Quesenberry CP, Towner WJ, Silverberg MJ. PMID: 24937309.
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    42. HIV infection, vascular disease, and stroke. Semin Neurol. 2014 Feb; 34(1):35-46. Chow FC. PMID: 24715487.
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    43. Successful medical management of a Nocardia farcinica multiloculated pontine abscess. BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Dec 05; 2013. Chow FC, Marson A, Liu C. PMID: 24311420.
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    44. Comparison of ischemic stroke incidence in HIV-infected and non-HIV-infected patients in a US health care system. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Aug 01; 60(4):351-8. Chow FC, Regan S, Feske S, Meigs JB, Grinspoon SK, Triant VA. PMID: 22580566.
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    45. Cerebrovascular disease in central nervous system infections. Semin Neurol. 2011 Jul; 31(3):286-306. Chow FC, Marra CM, Cho TA. PMID: 21964846.
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    46. Outcome in patients with H1N1 influenza and cerebrovascular injury treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Neurocrit Care. 2011 Aug; 15(1):156-60. Chow FC, Edlow BL, Frosch MP, Copen WA, Greer DM. PMID: 21465323.
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    47. National outbreak of Acanthamoeba keratitis associated with use of a contact lens solution, United States. Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 Aug; 15(8):1236-42. Verani JR, Lorick SA, Yoder JS, Beach MJ, Braden CR, Roberts JM, Conover CS, Chen S, McConnell KA, Chang DC, Park BJ, Jones DB, Visvesvara GS, Roy SL. PMID: 19751585.
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    48. Burden of neuroinfectious diseases on the neurology service in a tertiary care center. Neurology. 2008 Oct 07; 71(15):1160-6. Tan K, Patel S, Gandhi N, Chow F, Rumbaugh J, Nath A. PMID: 18838663.
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    49. La cuerda dulce--a tolerability and acceptability study of a novel approach to specimen collection for diagnosis of paediatric pulmonary tuberculosis. BMC Infect Dis. 2006 Apr 04; 6:67. Chow F, Espiritu N, Gilman RH, Gutierrez R, Lopez S, Escombe AR, Evans CA, Moore DA. PMID: 16595008.
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