Dean Chou, MD

Dean Chou, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery; Associate Director of Spinal Tumor Surgery, UCSF Spine Center

Phone: (415) 353-2739 (appts)
Box 0112, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0112

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University of California Berkeley, 1991, B.A., Biochemistry
University of California, San Francisco, 1996, M.D., Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1996-1997, Intern, General Surgery
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1997-2002, Resident, Neurosurgery
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Assistant Chief of Service, 2002-2003, Neurosurgery
Barrow Neurological Institute, Spine Fellow, 2003-2004, Spine surgery

Professional Experience

  • 2002-2003
    Instructor in Neurosurgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 2003-2004
    Staff Neurosurgeon/Spine Fellow, St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2004-2010
    Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2007-present
    Associate Director of Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • 2010-present
    Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1990
    UC Berkeley Honor Students Society
  • 1990
    American Heart Association Research Fellowship
  • 1991
    Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 1992
    UCSF School of Medicine Dean's Summer Research Fellowship
  • 1993
    UCSF Travel Award to Western Student Medical Research Committee Meeting in Carmel, CA
  • 1993
    American Federation for Clinical Research Award for Excellence in Research
  • 1994
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship
  • 1995
    Lucien J. Rubinstein Award for Best Paper in Neuro-Oncology, American Association of Neuropathologists Annual Meeting
  • 2000
    AANS Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) Grant
  • 2004
    Cover Article, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine
  • 2007
    Who's Who in American Teachers and Educators
  • 2007
    Who's Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2007
    Harold Rosegay Neurosurgery Resident Teaching Award
  • 2009
    Best Doctors in America
  • 2009
    Cover Article, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine
  • 2010
    Outcomes Committee Award, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  • 2010
    Cover Article, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine

Selected Publications

  • Fike JR, Gobbel GT, Chou D, Wijnhoven BP, Bellinzona M, Nakagawa M, Seilhan TM. Cellular proliferation and infiltration following interstitial irradiation of normal dog brain is altered by an inhibitor of polyamine synthesis. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics 1995 Jul 15, 32(4):1035-45.
  • Yong WH, Chou D, Ueki K, Harsh GR 4th, von Diemling A, Gusella JF, Mohrenweiser HW, Louis DN. Chromosome 19q deletions in human gliomas overlap telomeric to D19S219 and may target a 425kb region centromeric to the D19S112. Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology 1995 Sep, 54(5):622-6.
  • Yong WH, Ueki K, Chou D, Reeves SA, von Diemling A, Gusella JF, Mohrenweiser HW, Buckler AJ, Louis DN. Cloning of a highly conserved human protein serine-threonine phosphatase gene from the glioma candidate region on chromosome 19q13.3. Genomics 1995 Sep 20 29(2):533-6.
  • Chou D, Miyashita T, Ueki K, Kastury K, Druck T, von Diemling A, Huebner K, Reed JC, and Louis DN. The BAX gene maps to chromosome 19q but is not altered in human gliomas. Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics 1996 Jun, 88(2):136-40.
  • Chou D, Sampath P, and Brem H. Hemorrhagic vestibular schwannomma: an unusual clinical entity. Neurosurgical Focus 1998 September 5(3): Article 9.
  • Conway JE, Chou D, Clatterbuck RE, Brem H, Long DM, and Rigamonti D. Hemangioblastomas of the central nervous system in von Hippel-Lindau syndrome and sporadic disease. Neurosurgery 2001 Jan;48(1):55-62.
  • Chou D, Storm PB, Campbell JN. Vulnerability of the subcostal nerve to injury from bone graft harvesting from the iliac crest. J Neurosurg Spine 2004 July 1:87-89 (Cover article).
  • Acosta FL, Chin CT, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Ames CP, Weinstein PR, and Chou D. Diagnosis and management of adult pyogenic osteomyelitis of the cervical spine. Neurosurgical Focus 17 (6):E2, 2004.
  • Chi JH, Manley GT, Weinstein P, Ames, CP, and Chou D. Pregnancy-related symptomatic vertebral hemangioma: review of literature and management algorithm. Neurosurgical Focus 19 (3):E7, 2005.
  • Chou D, Hartl R, and Sonntag VK. Conus medullaris syndrome without lower extremity involvement in L1 burst fractures. J Neurosurg Spine 2006 Mar;4(3):265-9
  • Chou D, Larios AE, Chamberlain RH, Fifield MS, Hartl R, Dickman CA, Sonntag VKH, and Crawford NR. A biomechanical comparison of three anterior thoracolumbar implants after corpectomy: are two screws better than one? J Neurosurg Spine 2006 Mar;4(3):213-8
  • Josephson SA, Pillai DR, Phillips JJ, and Chou D. Neurolisteriosis presenting as cervical myelitis in an immunocompetent patient. Neurology 2006 Apr 11;66(7):1122-3
  • Leung JM, Sands LP, Rico M, Rowbotham MC, Dahl JB, Ames C, Chou D, and Weinstein P. Pilot clinical trial of gabapentin to decrease postoperative delirium in older patients. Neurology 2006 Oct 10;67(7):1251-3
  • Hartl R, Chamberlain RH, Fifield MS, Chou D, Sonntag VKH, and Crawford NR. Biomechanical comparison of two new atlantoaxial fixation techniques vs C1-C2 transarticular screws/graft. J Neurosurg Spine 2006 Oct;5(4):336-42
  • Chou D, Smith JS, and Chin CT. Spontaneous regression of a discal cyst. J Neurosurg Spine 2007 Jan; 6:81-84
  • Lu DC, Lim, DA, and Chou D. Lumbar spine coccidioidomycosis osteomyelitis requiring lumbo-pelvic reconstruction. Neurosurgery Quarterly, 2007, Sep;17 (3): 156-160
  • Sahgal A, Chou D, Ames C, Ma L, Lamborn K, Chuang C, Huang K, Aiken A, Petti P, Weinstein P, Larson D. Image Guided Robotic Radiosurgery for Benign Spinal Tumors: The University of California San Francisco Preliminary Experience. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2007 Dec;6(6):595-604.
  • Chi J, Acosta FL, Aryan HE, Chou D, and Ames CP. Partial spondylectomy: Modification for lateralized malignant spinal column tumors of the cervical or lumbosacral spine. J Clin Neurosci. 2008 Jan;15(1):43-8. Epub 2007 Nov 26
  • Lu DC, Theodore P, Korn WM, and Chou D. Esophageal Erosion Nine Years After Anterior Cervical Plate Implantation, Surg Neurol. 2008 Mar;69(3):310-2; discussion 312-3. Epub 2008 Feb 8.
  • Acosta FL, Aryan HE, Chou D, and Ames CP. Long-term biomechanical stability and clinical improvement after multilevel corpectomy and circumferential reconstruction of the cervical spine using titanium mesh cages. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2008 May;21(3):165-74.
  • Chou D, Lu DC, Weinstein P, and Ames C. Adjacent level fractures after expandable cage placement. J Neurosurg Spine. 2008 Jun;8(6):584-8.
  • Chou D, Lu DC, Chi J, and Wang V. Rib head osteotomies for posterior placement of expandable cages in the treatment of metastatic tumors to the thoracic spine. J Clin Neurosci. 2008 Sep;15(9):1043-7. Epub 2008 Jul 9
  • Samdani A, Torre-Healy A, Chou D, Cahill AM, Storm PB. Treatment of osteoblastoma at C7: a multidisciplinary approach. A case report and review of the literature. Eur Spine J. 2009 Jul;18 Suppl 2:196-200. Epub 2008 Oct 7.
  • Sahgal A, Ames C, Chou D, Ma L, Chuang C, Lamborn K, Chin C, Huang K, Weinstein P, Larson D. Stereotactic body radiotherapy is effective salvage therapy for patients with prior radiation of spinal metastases. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Jul 1;74(3):723-31. Epub 2008 Dec 25.
  • Lu D, Wang V, and Chou D. The use of allograft or autograft and expandable titanium cages for the treatment of vertebral osteomyelitis. Neurosurgery. 2009 Jan;64(1):122-9; discussion 129-30.
  • Chou D and Wang V. Trap door rib head osteotomy for posterior placement of expandable cages after transpedicular corpectomy: an alternative to lateral extracavitary and costotransversectomy approaches. J Neurosurg Spine. 2009 Jan;10(1):40-5.
  • Wang V and Chou D. Anterior C1-2 Osteochondroma presenting with dysphagia and sleep apnea. J Clin Neurosci. 2009 May;16(5):698-700. Epub 2009 Mar 3.
  • Chou D and Wang V. Two-level spondylectomy for osteosarcoma at the cervico-thoracic junction: technical note. J Clin Neurosci. 2009 May;16(5):698-700. Epub 2009 Mar 3.
  • Hayden MG, Gephart R, Kalanithi P, and Chou D. Von Hippel-Lindau Disease in Pregnancy: A Brief Review. J Clin Neurosci. 2009 May;16(5):611-3. Epub 2009 Mar 3.
  • Chou D, Wang V, and Khan AS. Primary repair of dural tears during minimally invasive microdiscectomies using standard operating room instruments. Neurosurgery. 2009 May;64(5 Suppl 2):356-8; discussion 358-9
  • Chou D, Acosta F, Cloyd JM, and Ames C. Parasagittal osteotomy for en bloc resection of multi-level cervical chordomas. J Neurosurg Spine. 2009 May;10(5):397-403 (Cover article)
  • Chou D, Wang V, and Gupta N. Transpedicular corpectomy with posterior expandable cage placement for L1 burst fracture. J Clin Neurosci. 2009 Aug;16(8):1069-72. Epub 2009 May 20.
  • Cloyd JM, Chou D, Deviren V, and Ames CP. En bloc Resection of Primary Tumors of the Cervical Spine: Report of 2 Cases and Systematic Review of the Literature. Spine J. 2009 Nov;9(11):928-35. Epub 2009 Aug 28.
  • Chou D, Eltgroth M, Yang I, Lu DC, and Manley GT. Rib Head Disarticulation For Multi-Level Transpedicular Thoracic Corpectomies and Expandable Cage Reconstruction. Neurol India. 2009 Jul-Aug;57(4):469-74.
  • Chou D, Wang V, and Storm PB. Pedicle subtraction osteotomies for the correction of posttraumatic thoracolumbar kyphosis. J Clin Neurosci. 2009 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Polly DW, Chou D, Sembrano JN, Ledonio CG, and Tomita K. An Analysis of Decision Making and Treatment in Thoracolumbar Metastases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Oct 15;34(22 Suppl):S118-27
  • Wang V, Chin CT, Lu DC, Smith JS, and Chou D. Free-hand thoracic pedicle screws placed by neurosurgery residents: a CT analysis. Eur Spine J. 2010 Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Mummaneni P, Lu DC, Dhall SS, Mummaneni VP, and Chou D. C1 Lateral Mass Fixation: A Comparison of Constructs. Neurosurgery. 2010 Mar;66(3 Suppl):153-60.
  • Lu DC, Lau D, Lee JG, and Chou D. The transpedicular approach compared with the anterior approach: an analysis of 80 thoracolumbar corpectomies. In press, J Neurosurg Spine (Cover Article)
  • Waldron JS, Oh M, and Chou D. Lumbar Subdural Hematoma from Intracranial Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Presenting with Bilateral Foot Drop. In Press, Neurosurgery
  • Lau D, Han SJ, Lee JG, Lu DC, and Chou D. Minimally invasive versus open microdiscectomy for lumbar disc herniations. In press, J Clin Neurosci
  • Chou D and Lu DC. Minimally invasive transpedicular corpectomies with expandable cage reconstruction. In revision, J Neurosurg Spine