Dean Chou, MD

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

Brain Tumor Center
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

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Academic Title

Professor

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. Zhang J, Chou D. Spinal Sclerosing Epithelioid Fibrosarcoma at the Cervicothoracic Junction. World Neurosurg. 2018 Mar 21.
  2. Kanter AS, Tempel ZJ, Agarwal N, Hamilton DK, Zavatsky JM, Mundis GM, Tran S, Chou D, Park P, Uribe JS, Wang MY, Anand N, Eastlack R, Mummaneni PV, Okonkwo DO. Curve Laterality for Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion in Adult Scoliosis Surgery: The Concave Versus Convex Controversy. Neurosurgery. 2018 Jan 18.
  3. Than KD, Mummaneni PV, Bridges KJ, Tran S, Park P, Chou D, La Marca F, Uribe JS, Vogel TD, Nunley PD, Eastlack RK, Anand N, Okonkwo DO, Kanter AS, Mundis GM. Complication rates associated with open versus percutaneous pedicle screw instrumentation among patients undergoing minimally invasive interbody fusion for adult spinal deformity. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Dec; 43(6):E7.
  4. Nunley PD, Mundis GM, Fessler RG, Park P, Zavatsky JM, Uribe JS, Eastlack RK, Chou D, Wang MY, Anand N, Frank KA, Stone MB, Kanter AS, Shaffrey CI, Mummaneni PV. Impact of case type, length of stay, institution type, and comorbidities on Medicare diagnosis-related group reimbursement for adult spinal deformity surgery. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Dec; 43(6):E11.
  5. Bae J, Theologis AA, Strom R, Tay B, Burch S, Berven S, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Ames CP, Deviren V. Comparative analysis of 3 surgical strategies for adult spinal deformity with mild to moderate sagittal imbalance. J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Jan; 28(1):40-49.
  6. Weber MH, Fortin M, Shen J, Tay B, Hu SS, Berven S, Burch S, Chou D, Ames C, Deviren V. Graft Subsidence and Revision Rates Following Anterior Cervical Corpectomy: A Clinical Study Comparing Different Interbody Cages. Clin Spine Surg. 2017 Nov; 30(9):E1239-E1245.
  7. Leung JM, Sands LP, Chen N, Ames C, Berven S, Bozic K, Burch S, Chou D, Covinsky K, Deviren V, Kinjo S, Kramer JH, Ries M, Tay B, Vail T, Weinstein P, Chang S, Meckler G, Newman S, Tsai T, Voss V, Youngblom E. Perioperative Gabapentin Does Not Reduce Postoperative Delirium in Older Surgical Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Anesthesiology. 2017 10; 127(4):633-644.
  8. Zhang YH, Shao J, Chou D, Wu JF, Song J, Zhang J. C1-C2 Pedicle Screw Fixation for Atlantoaxial Dislocation in Pediatric Patients Younger than 5 Years: A Case Series of 15 Patients. World Neurosurg. 2017 Dec; 108:498-505.
  9. Charest-Morin R, Fisher CG, Varga PP, Gokaslan ZL, Rhines LD, Reynolds JJ, Dekutoski MB, Quraishi NA, Bilsky MH, Fehlings MG, Chou D, Germscheid NM, Luzzati A, Boriani S. En Bloc Resection Versus Intralesional Surgery in the Treatment of Giant Cell Tumor of the Spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Sep 15; 42(18):1383-1390.
  10. Lau D, Winkler EA, Than KD, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Laminoplasty versus laminectomy with posterior spinal fusion for multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy: influence of cervical alignment on outcomes. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017 Nov; 27(5):508-517.
  11. Wang X, Eichbaum E, Jian F, Chou D. Two-Stage en bloc Resection of Multilevel Cervical Chordomas With Vertebral Artery Preservation: Operative Technique. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017 Aug 09.
  12. Safaee MM, Winkler EA, Chou D. Mini-open spinal column shortening for the treatment of adult tethered cord syndrome. J Clin Neurosci. 2017 Oct; 44:315-319.
  13. 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. In Reply: Factors Predicting Recurrence After Resection of Clival Chordoma Using Variable Surgical Approaches and Radiation Modalities. Neurosurgery. 2017 Aug 01; 81(2):E32.
  14. DiGiorgio AM, Edwards CS, Virk MS, Mummaneni PV, Chou D. Stereotactic navigation for the prepsoas oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion: technical note and case series. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Aug; 43(2):E14.
  15. Zhang YH, White I, Potts E, Mobasser JP, Chou D. Comparison Perioperative Factors During Minimally Invasive Pre-Psoas Lateral Interbody Fusion of the Lumbar Spine Using Either Navigation or Conventional Fluoroscopy. Global Spine J. 2017 Oct; 7(7):657-663.
  16. Zhang YH, Shen L, Shao J, Chou D, Song J, Zhang J. Structural Allograft versus Autograft for Instrumented Atlantoaxial Fusions in Pediatric Patients: Radiologic and Clinical Outcomes in Series of 32 Patients. World Neurosurg. 2017 Sep; 105:549-556.
  17. Oya J, Burke JF, Vogel T, Tay B, Chou D, Mummaneni P. The Accuracy of Multimodality Intraoperative Neuromonitoring to Predict Postoperative Neurologic Deficits Following Cervical Laminoplasty. World Neurosurg. 2017 Oct; 106:17-25.
  18. 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 Miniplates. Clin Spine Surg. 2017 Jun; 30(5):E523-E529.
  19. Clarke MJ, Molina CA, Fourney DR, Fisher CG, Gokaslan ZL, Schmidt MH, Rhines LD, Fehlings MG, Laufer I, Patel SR, Rampersaud YR, Reynolds J, Chou D, Bettegowda C, Mendel E, Weber MH, Sciubba DM. Systematic Review of the Outcomes of Surgical Treatment of Prostate Metastases to the Spine. Global Spine J. 2017 Aug; 7(5):460-468.
  20. Kumar A, Weber MH, Gokaslan Z, Wolinsky JP, Schmidt M, Rhines L, Fehlings MG, Laufer I, Sciubba DM, Clarke MJ, Sundaresan N, Verlaan JJ, Sahgal A, Chou D, Fisher CG. Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression and Steroid Treatment: A Systematic Review. Clin Spine Surg. 2017 May; 30(4):156-163.

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