Dean Chou, MD


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.


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


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. 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.
  2. 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. 2017 Nov 03; 1-10.
  3. 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 Oct; 127(4):633-644.
  4. 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 Sep 16.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Sep 01; 1-10.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  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. In Reply: Factors Predicting Recurrence After Resection of Clival Chordoma Using Variable Surgical Approaches and Radiation Modalities. Neurosurgery. 2017 Aug 01; 81(2):E32.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Oya J, Burke JF, Vogel T, Tay B, Chou D, Mummaneni P. The accuracy of multimodality intraoperative neuromonitoring to predict postoperative neurological deficits following cervical laminoplasty. World Neurosurg. 2017 Jun 12.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Shankar GM, Clarke MJ, Ailon T, Rhines LD, Patel SR, Sahgal A, Laufer I, Chou D, Bilsky MH, Sciubba DM, Fehlings MG, Fisher CG, Gokaslan ZL, Shin JH. The role of revision surgery and adjuvant therapy following subtotal resection of osteosarcoma of the spine: a systematic review with meta-analysis. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017 Jul; 27(1):97-104.
  18. Lau D, Chou D. Minimally invasive instrumentation without fusion during posterior thoracic corpectomies: a comparison of percutaneously instrumented nonfused segments with open instrumented fused segments. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017 Jul; 27(1):35-41.
  19. Thompson SE, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Nassr A, Mroz TE, Fish DE, Wang JC, Fehlings MG, Tannoury CA, Tannoury T, Tortolani PJ, Traynelis VC, Gokaslan Z, Hilibrand AS, Isaacs RE, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Qureshi SA, Cho SK, Baird EO, Sasso RC, Arnold PM, Buser Z, Bydon M, Clarke MJ, De Giacomo AF, Derakhshan A, Jobse B, Lord EL, Lubelski D, Massicotte EM, Steinmetz MP, Smith GA, Pace J, Corriveau M, Lee S, Cha PI, Chatterjee D, Gee EL, Mayer EN, McBride OJ, Roe AK, Yanez MY, Stroh DA, Than KD, Riew KD. C5 Palsy After Cervical Spine Surgery: A Multicenter Retrospective Review of 59 Cases. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):64S-70S.
  20. O'Neill KR, Fehlings MG, Mroz TE, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Kanter AS, Steinmetz MP, Arnold PM, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Nassr A, Qureshi SA, Cho SK, Baird EO, Smith JS, Shaffrey C, Tannoury CA, Tannoury T, Gokaslan ZL, Gum JL, Hart RA, Isaacs RE, Sasso RC, Bumpass DB, Bydon M, Corriveau M, De Giacomo AF, Derakhshan A, Jobse BC, Lubelski D, Lee S, Massicotte EM, Pace JR, Smith GA, Than KD, Riew KD. A Multicenter Study of the Presentation, Treatment, and Outcomes of Cervical Dural Tears. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):58S-63S.

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