Chen Zhao, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Chen Zhao, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

To see if Chen Zhao is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Behavioral Neuroscience



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

UC Davis Medical Group - Midtown Family Medicine
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-5846

Additional Numbers

Clinic Phone


Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I provide an unbiased evaluation for every new patient, which includes taking a thorough history and performing a detailed physical exam.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Zhao is a behavioral neurologist with fellowship training in Aging & Dementia. She sees patients with cognitive impairment and dementia in the Midtown Healthy Aging Neurology Clinic. She has special clinical interest and expertise in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA).

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Zhao has a M.S. in Epidemiology from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Her clinical research focuses on lifestyle protective and risk factors for dementia. She is interested in factors underlying cognitive reserve and resiliency.



Undergraduate School

B.A., Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2003

Medical School

M.D., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis MN 2013

Other School

M.S., Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York NY 2019

Other School

M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2006


Internal Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn NY 2013-2014


Neurology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn NY 2014-2017


Aging & Dementia, Columbia University Medical Center, New York NY 2017-2019

NIH Loan Repayment Program, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Junior Faculty Research Scholar Award, 2021

Restifo D, Zhao C, Kamel H, Iadecola C, Parikh NS. Impact of Cigarette Smoking and Its Interaction with Hypertension and Diabetes on Cognitive Function in Older Americans. J Alzheimers Dis. 2022;90(4):1705-1712. doi:10.3233/JAD-220647. PMID:36314206.

Tran L, Jung J, Carlin C, Lee S, Zhao C, Feldman R. Use of Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents and Survival Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Dementia and Chronic Hepatitis C. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021;79(1):71-83. doi:10.3233/JAD-200949. PMID:33216031.

Parikh NS, Kumar S, Rosenblatt R, Zhao C, Cohen DE, Iadecola C, Kamel H. Association between liver fibrosis and cognition in a nationally representative sample of older adults. Eur J Neurol. 2020 Oct;27(10):1895-1903. doi:10.1111/ene.14384. Epub 2020 Jul 20. PMID:32503086.

Zhao C, Tsapanou A, Manly J, Schupf N, Brickman AM, Gu Y. Vitamin D intake is associated with dementia risk in the Washington Heights-Inwood Columbia Aging Project (WHICAP). Alzheimers Dement. 2020 Oct;16(10):1393-1401. doi:10.1002/alz.12096. Epub 2020 Sep 13. PMID:32921000.

Zhao C, Strobino K, Moon YP, Cheung YK, Sacco RL, Stern Y, Elkind MSV. APOE ϵ4 modifies the relationship between infectious burden and poor cognition. Neurol Genet. 2020 Jul 7;6(4):e462. doi:10.1212/NXG.0000000000000462. PMID:32754642.

Zhao C, Flaherty C, Eslinger PJ, Sathian K. Teleneurology for Cognitive Care. Practical Neurology US. 2020 Jun;19(5):50-53, 62. Available from:

Zhao C, Noble JM, Marder K, Hartman JS, Gu Y, Scarmeas N. Dietary Patterns, Physical Activity, Sleep, and Risk for Dementia and Cognitive Decline. Curr Nutr Rep. 2018 Dec;7(4):335-345. doi:10.1007/s13668-018-0247-9. PMID:30413973.