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Dean Chou, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Dean Chou, a neurosurgeon, specializes in complex spine surgery. He treats spinal deformities (scoliosis, kyphosis, kyphoscoliosis, flatback syndrome), spinal tumors, and degenerative conditions of the spine, including spondylolisthesis and stenosis. He is an expert in minimally invasive surgery, which he applies to the treatment of complex spinal disorders.

A graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine, Chou completed a neurosurgery residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and has been elected six consecutive years by his peers as one of the "Best Doctors in America." Chou is a charter member of the Spinal Oncology Study Group, an international consortium of experts in the field of studying spinal tumors. He also serves as faculty and lecturer, teaching at numerous spine courses, both nationally and internationally.

Clinics

Neuro-Oncology Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2966
Fax: (415) 353-2167

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Neurosurgery Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Spine Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
Phone: (866) 81-SPINE or Neuro-spine Fax: (415) 353-2176
Ortho-spine Fax: (415) 353-4047

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Dean Chou

Education

UCSF School of Medicine 1996

Residencies

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurosurgery 2003

Fellowships

Barrow Neurological Institute, Spine Surgery 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lau D, Chou D, Ziewacz JE, Mummaneni PV. 148 Smoking effects on perioperative outcomes and fusion rates following anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion: does quitting really help? Neurosurgery. 2014 Aug; 61 Suppl 1:208.
  2. Saigal R, Lau D, Wadhwa R, Le H, Khashan M, Berven S, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Unilateral versus bilateral iliac screws for spinopelvic fixation: are two screws better than one? Neurosurg Focus. 2014 May; 36(5):E10.
  3. Tran M, Wadhwa R, Ziewacz J, Mummaneni P, Chou D. Comparison between C1-2 Fixation with and without Supplemental Posterior Wiring. Evid Based Spine Care J. 2014 Apr; 5(1):12-5.
  4. Saigal R, Wadhwa R, Mummaneni PV, Chou D. Minimally invasive extracavitary transpedicular corpectomy for the management of spinal tumors. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2014 Apr; 25(2):305-15.
  5. Saigal R, Lu DC, Deng DY, Chou D. Conversion of high sacral to midsacral amputation via S-2 nerve preservation during partial S-2 sacrectomy for chordoma. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Apr; 20(4):421-9.
  6. Safaee M, Oh MC, Mummaneni PV, Weinstein PR, Ames CP, Chou D, Berger MS, Parsa AT, Gupta N. Surgical outcomes in spinal cord ependymomas and the importance of extent of resection in children and young adults. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Apr; 13(4):393-9.
  7. Maruo K, Ha Y, Inoue S, Samuel S, Okada E, Hu SS, Deviren V, Burch S, William S, Ames CP, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Berven SH. Predictive factors for proximal junctional kyphosis in long fusions to the sacrum in adult spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Nov 1; 38(23):E1469-76.
  8. Chou D, Lau D, Roy E. Feasibility of the mini-open vertebral column resection for severe thoracic kyphosis. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 May; 21(5):841-5.
  9. Abdul-Jabbar A, Berven SH, Hu SS, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Takemoto S, Ames C, Deviren V, Tay B, Weinstein P, Burch S, Liu C. Surgical site infections in spine surgery: identification of microbiologic and surgical characteristics in 239 cases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Oct 15; 38(22):E1425-31.
  10. Lau D, Maa J, Mummaneni PV, Chou D. Holospinal epidural abscess. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Mar; 21(3):517-20.
  11. Fisher CG, Goldschlager T, Boriani S, Varga PP, Fehlings MG, Bilsky MH, Dekutoski MB, Luzzati A, Williams RP, Berven S, Chou D, Reynolds JJ, Quraishi NA, Rhines LD, Bettegowda C, Gokaslan ZL. A novel scientific model for rare and often neglected neoplastic conditions. Evid Based Spine Care J. 2013 Oct; 4(2):160-2.
  12. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Deviren V, Hu SS, Takemoto S, Mummaneni P, Chou D, Ames C, Burch S, Tay B, Sawyer A, Berven SH. Hospital Readmission After Spine Fusion for AdultSpinal Deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Sep 1; 38(19):1681-9.
  13. Lau D, Yarlagadda J, Jahan T, Jablons D, Chou D. Desmoplastic fibroma of the spine causing severe mediastinal compression and brachial plexus encasement: report of 2 cases. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Oct; 19(4):515-20.
  14. Tarapore PE, Modera P, Naujokas A, Oh MC, Amin B, Tihan T, Parsa AT, Ames CP, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Weinstein PR. Pathology of spinal ependymomas: an institutional experience over 25 years in 134 patients. Neurosurgery. 2013 Aug; 73(2):247-55; discussion 255.
  15. Cheng JS, Park P, Le H, Reisner L, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Short-term and long-term outcomes of minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions: is there a difference? Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Aug; 35(2):E6.
  16. Ha Y, Maruo K, Racine L, Schairer WW, Hu SS, Deviren V, Burch S, Tay B, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Ames CP, Berven SH. Proximal junctional kyphosis and clinical outcomes in adult spinal deformity surgery with fusion from the thoracic spine to the sacrum: a comparison of proximal and distal upper instrumented vertebrae. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Sep; 19(3):360-9.
  17. Clark AJ, Ziewacz JE, Safaee M, Lau D, Lyon R, Chou D, Weinstein PR, Ames CP, Clark JP, Mummaneni PV. Intraoperative neuromonitoring with MEPs and prediction of postoperative neurological deficits in patients undergoing surgery for cervical and cervicothoracic myelopathy. Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul; 35(1):E7.
  18. Fujimori T, Le H, Ziewacz JE, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Is there a difference in range of motion, neck pain, and outcomes in patients with ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament versus those with cervical spondylosis, treated with plated laminoplasty? Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul; 35(1):E9.
  19. Amin BY, Tu TH, Schairer WW, Na L, Takemoto S, Berven S, Deviren V, Ames C, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Pitfalls of calculating hospital readmission rates based on nonvalidated administrative data sets: : presented at the 2012 Joint Spine Section Meeting: clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Feb; 18(2):134-8.
  20. Lu DC, Tumialán LM, Chou D. Multilevel anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with and without rhBMP-2: a comparison of dysphagia rates and outcomes in 150 patients. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Jan; 18(1):43-9.

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