Meet our founder, Allen Chu, MD, PhD


Allen Chu, MD, Ph.D., is a board-certified physician who specializes in neuromuscular and sleep problems at Houston Neurology & Sleep Diagnostic Center, in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas. He’s spent his career studying the intricate workings of the brain and nervous system to help patients improve their health and quality of life.

Dr. Chu has an extensive educational background in neuroscience and neurology. After earning his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Iowa, Dr. Chu entered into neurology residency training at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina. During his residency, Dr. Chu was a chief resident and also completed advanced elective training in sleep medicine and electrophysiology at Duke University Medical Center. He then participated in rigorous fellowship training in neuromuscular diseases and EMG (electromyography) at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Chu is board-certified in neurology, electrodiagnostic medicine, sleep medicine, and neuromuscular medicine. While Dr. Chu uses state-of-the-art medicine to diagnose and treat patients, he focuses on providing customized care to address the individual needs of each patient. He always takes time to listen to patients and develop a comprehensive understanding of their medical needs as well as their general health and life.



Board-Certified: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Board-Certified: Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Board-Certified: Sleep Medicine, American Board of Sleep Medicine
Board Certified: Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Board Certified: Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Fellowship: Neuromuscular Diseases and EMG, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital
Advance Elective Training: Sleep Medicine and Electrophysiology, Duke University Medical Center

Residency: Neurology, Duke University Medical Center; 
Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City 
PhD: Neuroscience, University of Iowa

MD: Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
Professional Appointments: Founder of Houston Neurology and Sleep Diagnostic Center Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation with Exemplary Status, American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, CHI St. Luke's Health-The Woodlands Hospital, affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Willowbrook
Member: American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Epilepsy Society, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, Society for Neuroscience

Interviews & Publications

  • Duke spotlight interview 
  • Sleep review, Journal for sleep specialist
  • Publications
    • G. W. Van Hoesen, J. Parvizi, Chu - aff-2 C.C. (2000) Orbitofrontal Cortex Pathology in Alzheimer's Disease. Cerebral Cortex, Volume 10, Issue 3
    • Verma A., Husain A., Chu C.C., Radtke R. (1998). How rapid are the rapid eye movements. American Clinical Neurophysiology Society Abs.
    • Kothare S.V., Chu C.C., Van Landingham K. et al. (1998). Migratory Leptomeningeal inflammation with relapsing polychondritis. Neurology.
    • Chu C.C., D. Tranel, A.R. Damasio, and Van Hoesen. (1997). The autonomic-related cortex: pathology in Alzheimer's disease. Cerebral Cortex, 7:86-95.
    • Chu C.C., D. Tranel, and H. Damasio (1994). How reliable are occipital asymmetry measurements? Neuropsychologia, 32 (12) 1503-15 13.
    • Chu C.C., D. Tranel, A.R. Damasio (1994) Impaired autonomic responses to emotionally ?significant stimuli in Alzheimer's disease. Soc. Neurosci. Abs. 20:1006.
    • Chu C.C., G.W. Van Hoesen, (1993). Orbitofrontal pathology in Alzheimer's disease, Soc. Neurosci. Abs. 19, 190.
    • Chu C.C., G.W. Van Hoesen, A.R. Damasio, (1992). Cellular specific pathology alters probable cortico-autonomic efferents in Alzheimer's disease, Soc. Neurosci. Abs. 18, 735.
    • Chu C. C. H. Damasio, and D. Tranel, (1991). Intrasubject correlation of occipital asymmetry measurements based on CT and MIRI, Soc. Neurosci. Abs. 17, 867
    • Chu C.C. and J.L. Chan, Pancreatic encephalopathy, (1990). Soc. for Neurol. Abs. Taiwan.