Dr. Winston Chiong is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology Memory and Aging Center, principal investigator of the UCSF Decision Lab (https://decisionlab.ucsf.edu), Director of UCSF Bioethics (https://bioethics.ucsf.edu), and Mary Oakley Professor of Neuroethics at UCSF. 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, policy and health equity implications of alterations to brain function, informed by the experiences of patients with brain diseases and those undergoing new brain-based therapies.
He is a member of the UCSF Department of Neurology Diversity Committee and the UCSF Medical Center Ethics Committee. Beyond UCSF, he serves on the Neuroethics Working Group of the National Institutes of Health BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Multi-Council Working Group, the American Academy of Neurology’s Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee, and the Board of Directors of the International Neuroethics Society. He is a study section member for the NIH Center for Scientific Review, and is a research mentor in the Association of American Medical Colleges' Career Development Program for Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Scholars (K99/R00) from diverse backgrounds.
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.