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Dean Chou, M.D.


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.


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 (866) 817-7463
Neuro-spine Fax: (415) 353-2176

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

Conditions & Treatments

More about Dean Chou


UCSF School of Medicine 1996


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurosurgery 2003


Barrow Neurological Institute, Spine Surgery 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Park P, Mummaneni PV, La Marca F, Fu KM, Nguyen S, Wang MY, Uribe JS, Anand N, Mundis G, Deviren V, Kanter AS, Fessler RG, Shaffrey CI, Akbarnia BA, Passias PG, Nunley PD, Chou D, Eastlack R, Okonkwo DO. 167 What Is the Impact of Obesity in MIS vs OPEN Surgery for Adult Spinal Deformity? Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 62 Suppl 1:221.
  2. Mundis G, Uribe JS, Mummaneni PV, Anand N, Park P, Okonkwo DO, Kanter AS, Fessler RG, Nguyen S, Akbarnia BA, Bess S, Wang MY, La Marca F, Than KD, Deviren V, Chou D, Lafage V, Schwab F, Shaffrey CI. 172 A Critical Analysis of Sagittal Plane Deformity Correction With Minimally Invasive Surgery: A 2-Year Follow-up Study of Deformity Patients Categorized by the SRS-Schwab Classification. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 62 Suppl 1:222-3.
  3. Safaee M, Parsa AT, Barbaro NM, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Weinstein PR, Tihan T, Ames CP. Association of tumor location, extent of resection, and ncurofibromatosis status with clinical outcomes for 221 spinal nerve sheath tumors. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Aug; 39(2):E5.
  4. Raygor KP, Than KD, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Comparison of minimally invasive transspinous and open approaches for thoracolumbar intradural-extramedullary spinal tumors. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Aug; 39(2):E12.
  5. Chou D. Considerations when contemplating minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. World Neurosurg. 2015 Jun 30.
  6. Lau D, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Two-level corpectomy versus three-level discectomy for cervical spondylotic myelopathy: a comparison of perioperative, radiographic, and clinical outcomes. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 Jun 19; 1-10.
  7. Lau D, Chou D. Posterior thoracic corpectomy with cage reconstruction for metastatic spinal tumors: comparing the mini-open approach to the open approach. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 May 1; 1-11.
  8. Goldstein CL, Varga PP, Gokaslan ZL, Boriani S, Luzzati A, Rhines L, Fisher CG, Chou D, Williams RP, Dekutoski MB, Quraishi NA, Bettegowda C, Kawahara N, Fehlings MG. Spinal hemangiomas: results of surgical management for local recurrence and mortality in a multicenter study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 May 1; 40(9):656-64.
  9. Sciubba DM, Macki M, Bydon M, Germscheid NM, Wolinsky JP, Boriani S, Bettegowda C, Chou D, Luzzati A, Reynolds JJ, Szövérfi Z, Zadnik P, Rhines LD, Gokaslan ZL, Fisher CG, Varga PP. Long-term outcomes in primary spinal osteochondroma: a multicenter study of 27 patients. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 Mar 20; 1-7.
  10. Jahangiri A, Chin AT, Wagner JR, Kunwar S, Ames C, Chou D, Barani I, Parsa AT, McDermott MW, Benet A, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Factors predicting recurrence after resection of clival chordoma using variable surgical approaches and radiation modalities. Neurosurgery. 2015 Feb; 76(2):179-86.
  11. Varga PP, Szövérfi Z, Fisher CG, Boriani S, Gokaslan ZL, Dekutoski MB, Chou D, Quraishi NA, Reynolds JJ, Luzzati A, Williams R, Fehlings MG, Germscheid NM, Lazary A, Rhines LD. Surgical treatment of sacral chordoma: prognostic variables for local recurrence and overall survival. Eur Spine J. 2014 Dec 23.
  12. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Sing DC, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Hu SS, Berven SH, Burch S, Tay B, Deviren V, Ames C. Hospital readmission rates after surgical treatment of primary and metastatic tumors of the spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 1; 39(21):1801-8.
  13. Siemionow K, Chou D. To the occiput or not? C1-c2 ligamentous laxity in children with down syndrome. Evid Based Spine Care J. 2014 Oct; 5(2):112-8.
  14. Fisher CG, Goldschlager T, Boriani S, Varga PP, Rhines LD, Fehlings MG, Luzzati A, Dekutoski MB, Reynolds JJ, Chou D, Berven SH, Williams RP, Quraishi NA, Bettegowda C, Gokaslan ZL. An evidence-based medicine model for rare and often neglected neoplastic conditions. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Nov; 21(5):704-10.
  15. Wadhwa R, Mummaneni PV, Lau D, Le H, Chou D, Dhall SS. Perioperative morbidity and mortality comparison in circumferential cervical fusion for osteomyelitis versus cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Neurosurg Focus. 2014 Aug; 37(2):E7.
  16. Tabaraee E, Mummaneni P, Abdul-Jabbar A, Shearer D, Roy E, Amin B, Ames C, Burch S, Deviren V, Berven S, Hu S, Chou D, Tay BK. A Comparison of Implants Used in Open-Door Laminoplasty: Structural Rib Allografts Versus Metallic Mini-Plates. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2014 Jul 29.
  17. Boriani S, Lo SF, Puvanesarajah V, Fisher CG, Varga PP, Rhines LD, Germscheid NM, Luzzati A, Chou D, Reynolds JJ, Williams RP, Zadnik P, Groves M, Sciubba DM, Bettegowda C, Gokaslan ZL. Aneurysmal bone cysts of the spine: treatment options and considerations. J Neurooncol. 2014 Oct; 120(1):171-8.
  18. Lau D, Chou D, Ziewacz JE, Mummaneni PV. The effects of smoking on perioperative outcomes and pseudarthrosis following anterior cervical corpectomy: Clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Oct; 21(4):547-58.
  19. Molina CA, Ames CP, Chou D, Rhines LD, Hsieh PC, Zadnik PL, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Sciubba DM. Outcomes following attempted en bloc resection of cervical chordomas in the C-1 and C-2 region versus the subaxial region: a multiinstitutional experience. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Sep; 21(3):348-56.
  20. 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.

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