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Dr. Dean Chou is a neurosurgeon who specializes in complex spine surgery. He cares for patients with spinal deformities, including scoliosis, kyphosis, kyphoscoliosis and flatback syndrome. He also treats spinal tumors and degenerative conditions of the spine, such as spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis. He is an expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques for complex spinal disorders.

After earning his medical degree at UCSF, Chou completed a residency in neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Chou has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, Neurosurgery and PLOS ONE. He has been invited to lecture on advances in spine surgery at national and international courses and meetings. For 10 consecutive years, his peers selected him as one of the Best Doctors in America.

  • Education

    UCSF School of Medicine, 1996

  • Residencies

    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurosurgery, 2003

  • Fellowships

    Barrow Neurological Institute, Spine Surgery, 2004

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic Title


My goal is to alleviate suffering with the least amount of tissue damage and with minimal invasiveness to the patient.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    277 Ratings
    Dr. Chou and his team gave me back my life. I can walk long distances without pain things that had not been able to do for many years.
    Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
    274 Ratings
    Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
    274 Ratings
    Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
    273 Ratings
    Knew the important information about your medical history
    273 Ratings
    The provider showed respect for what you had to say
    272 Ratings
    The provider spent enough time with me
    273 Ratings
    Decorative Caduceus

    Metastatic Tumor Research and Outcomes Network

    The following patient data will be collected: gender, year of birth, height, weight, race work status, education level, marital status smoking, alcohol and recreational drug use medication use nutrition and vitamin intake pr...


    Decorative Caduceus

    Primary Tumor Research and Outcomes Network

    FU visits will be scheduled and performed according to the local standard of care and at each scheduled visit the patient's survival will be documented. In case a patient misses a scheduled visit it will be assessed if the patient...