Chris Filley, MD
Professor, Neurology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1979)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Williams College (MA) (1973)
  • University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Program (1980)
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Neurology (1983)
Languages: English
Department: Neurology

Professional Titles

  • Director, Behavioral Neurology Section
  • Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry


  • Filley CM. White matter, behavioral neurology, and the influence of corticocentrism. Cogn Behav Neurol 2022; 35: 147-152.
  • Macchi ZA, Carlisle TC, Filley CM. Prognosis in substance abuse-related acute toxic leukoencephalopathy: a scoping review. J Neurol Sci 2022; 442: 120420.
  • Utter B, Anderson CA, Filley CM, Kelly JP, Johnston-Brooks, C, Arciniegas DB. Cannabis use in a cohort of healthcare-seeking United States military veterans with persisting symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury: preliminary observations. Mil Med, in press.
  • Carlisle TC, Birlea M, Restrepo D, Filley CM. Headache-associated phantosmia as a harbinger of Lewy body dementia. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, in press.
  • Pressman PS, Chen KH, Casey J, Sillau S, Chial H, Filley CM, Miller BL, Levenson RW. Incongruences between facial expression and self-reported emotional reactivity in frontotemporal dementia and related disorders. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, in press.
  • Hebert JR, Filley CM. Multisensory integration and white matter pathology: contributions to cognitive dysfunction. Front Neurol, in press.
  • Filley CM. White matter dementia then . . . and now. Front Neurol, in press.
  • Elliott G, Filley CM, McCann AV, Diefenbach HA, Lucie A, Heibel ME, Vanderryn J. Art informing interdisciplinary care for a veteran recovering from traumatic brain injury: a case study. J Human Rehab, published online 30 April 2021 at
  • Filley CM. Cognition in cerebral palsy: white matter matters. Eur J Paediatr Neurol 2021; 32: A1.
  • Filley CM. White matter and human behavior. Science 2021; 372; 1265-1266.
  • Filley CM. White matter disease and psychiatric dysfunction: clinical and neurobiological insights. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 2021; 33: 178-179.
  • Rajic AJ, Pressman PS, Woodcock JH, Chial HJ, Filley CM. Use of coffee grounds to test olfaction for predicting cognitive dysfunction and decline. J Neurol Sci 2021; 427: 117516.
  • Filley CM. Cognitive dysfunction in white matter disorders: new perspectives in treatment and recovery. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, in press.
  • Filley CM. Social cognition and white matter: connectivity and cooperation. Cogn Behav Neurol 2020; 33; 67-75.
  • Filley CM. On the trail of white matter. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 2020; 32: 312-313.
  • Filley CM. Progress in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury. Neurology 2020; 95: 235- 236.
  • Brenner LA, Otis J, Grassmeyer RP, Adams RS, Laker SR, Filley CM. Assessment and management of psychiatric symptoms among adults with mild traumatic brain injury. In: Eapen BC, Cifu DX, eds. Concussion: Assessment, Management, and Rehabilitation. New York: Elsevier, 2020
  • Filley CM, Kelly JP. White matter and cognition in traumatic brain injury. In: Castellani RJ, ed. Handbook of Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2020.
  • Filley CM, Kletenik I, Churchland PS. Morality and the brain: the right hemisphere and doing right. Cogn Behav Neurol, in press.
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology, Fellow
  • Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, Member
  • International Neuropsychological Society, Member
  • American Neurological Association, Fellow
  • Colorado Neurological Society, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Neurosciences Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct
4th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

CU Memory Disorders Clinic - Central Park
3055 Roslyn Street
Suite 120
Denver, CO 80238

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Neurology, Board Certification (1984)
  • UCNS, Specialized Training (2016)
  • ABPN, Board Certification (1984)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Dementia
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System - Alzheimer's Disease
Clinical Interests
I evaluate adults with any disorder that falls within in the spectrum of behavioral neurology, but the problems I see most commonly are dementia and traumatic brain injury. A unifying theme I have addressed over my career that relates to all of behavioral neurology is the contribution of white matter to human behavior, and, by implication, how disorders of white matter alter behavior.

Care Philosophy
I study the relationships between the brain and behavior, and use this perspective as the foundation of patient care.

Public Speaking

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1979)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Williams College (MA) (1973)
  • University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Program (1980)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Neurology (1983)
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Languages: English
Department: Neurology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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