Felicia Chow, MD

Neuro-infectious diseases specialist

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. These include brain abscesses, neurocysticercosis, neurosyphilis and neurological complications of HIV, as well as infectious causes of meningitis, encephalitis and myelitis. She directs the UCSF Neuro-Infectious Diseases Clinic at the Parnassus campus and also sees patients at San Francisco General Hospital.

Her research focuses on the epidemiology of infections of the nervous system and neurological complications of infectious diseases, with the goal of developing and implementing diagnostic tools and interventions to improve the outcomes of patients with neuro-infectious diseases worldwide.

She earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital followed by 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 a master's degree in clinical research from UCSF.

Chow is an assistant professor of neurology and has a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America and HIV Medicine Association.


Infectious Disease at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0327
Phone: (415) 353-2626
Fax: (415) 353-2568

Hours: Thursday
8:20 – 11:40 a.m.

Neuro-Infectious Diseases Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2626

Fax: (415) 353-2568

Hours: Friday, 8:30 a.m. – noon

Board Certification

Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Felicia Chow


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2007


Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital 2011


UCSF, Neuro-Infectious Diseases and HIV Neurology 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Baud MO, Vitt JR, Robbins NM, Wabl R, Wilson MR, Chow FC, Gelfand JM, Josephson SA, Miller S. Pleocytosis is not fully responsible for low CSF glucose in meningitis. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2018 Jan; 5(1):e425.
  2. Chow FC. Sex Matters in Neuroinfectious Diseases. Semin Neurol. 2017 Dec; 37(6):694-704.
  3. Chow FC, Regan S, Zanni MV, Looby SE, Bushnell CD, Meigs JB, Grinspoon SK, Feske SK, Triant VA. Elevated ischemic stroke risk among women living with HIV infection. AIDS. 2017 Sep 18.
  4. Bradshaw MJ, Cho TA, Chow FC. Central Nervous System Infections Associated with Immunosuppressive Therapy for Rheumatic Disease. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2017 Nov; 43(4):607-619.
  5. 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. Improvement in diagnosis of Histoplasma meningitis by combined testing for Histoplasma antigen and IgG and IgM anti-Histoplasma antibody in cerebrospinal fluid. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 20.
  6. Chow FC, Price RW, Hsue PY, Kim AS. 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.
  7. Chow FC, Li Y, Hu Y, Chan J, Wang H, Xu W, Price RW, Sorond FA, Li T. Relationship Between HIV Infection, Antiretroviral Therapy, Inflammatory Markers, and Cerebrovascular Endothelial Function Among Adults in Urban China. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Mar 01; 74(3):339-346.
  8. Bhatia NS, Chow FC. Neurologic Complications in Treated HIV-1 Infection. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 Jul; 16(7):62.
  9. Hessler C, Kauffman CA, Chow FC. The Upside of Bias: A Case of Chronic Meningitis Due to Sporothrix Schenckii in an Immunocompetent Host. Neurohospitalist. 2017 Jan; 7(1):30-34.
  10. Chow FC, Boscardin WJ, Mills C, Ko N, Carroll C, Price RW, Deeks S, Sorond FA, Hsue PY. Cerebral vasoreactivity is impaired in treated, virally suppressed HIV-infected individuals. AIDS. 2016 Jan 02; 30(1):45-55.
  11. Zhang C, Chow FC, Han Y, Xie J, Qiu Z, Guo F, Li Y, Wang H, Li T. 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.
  12. Chow FC, Glaser CA, Sheriff H, Xia D, Messenger S, Whitley R, Venkatesan A. 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.
  13. Chow FC, Schwartz BS, Josephson SA. Opinion and special articles: An interdisciplinary neuroinfectious diseases clinic to improve patient care and training. Neurology. 2015 Jan 06; 84(1):e1-4.
  14. Chow FC, Bacchetti P, Kim AS, Price RW, Hsue PY. Effect of CD4+ cell count and viral suppression on risk of ischemic stroke in HIV infection. AIDS. 2014 Nov 13; 28(17):2573-7.
  15. Chow FC, He W, Bacchetti P, Regan S, Feske SK, Meigs JB, Grinspoon SK, Triant VA. Elevated rates of intracerebral hemorrhage in individuals from a US clinical care HIV cohort. Neurology. 2014 Nov 04; 83(19):1705-11.
  16. Chow FC, Glaser CA. Emerging and reemerging neurologic infections. Neurohospitalist. 2014 Oct; 4(4):173-84.
  17. Marcus JL, Leyden WA, Chao CR, Chow FC, Horberg MA, Hurley LB, Klein DB, Quesenberry CP, Towner WJ, Silverberg MJ. HIV infection and incidence of ischemic stroke. AIDS. 2014 Aug 24; 28(13):1911-9.
  18. Chow FC. HIV infection, vascular disease, and stroke. Semin Neurol. 2014 Feb; 34(1):35-46.
  19. Chow FC, Marson A, Liu C. Successful medical management of a Nocardia farcinica multiloculated pontine abscess. BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Dec 05; 2013.
  20. Chow FC, Regan S, Feske S, Meigs JB, Grinspoon SK, Triant VA. 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.

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