Dean Chou, MD

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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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Research Summary

Dr. Dean Chou specializes in the treatment of complex and difficult spinal disorders. He treats such disorders as adult scoliosis, spinal deformities, flat back syndrome, kyphosis, kyphoscoliosis, spinal tumors, primary bony tumors of the spinal column, and metastatic disease to the spine. He is an expert in minimally invasive applications to such complex spinal disorders, and he has had multiple peer-reviewed papers published, describing his techniques. Moreover, he is an expert in traditional, open surgery for such complex procedures as en bloc spondylectomy and sacral resections for tumors, and osteotomies for adult scoliosis and adult deformity. His research goal is to try to accomplish the same goals of open surgery with minimally invasive techniques, which hopefully can lead to less morbidity and better outcomes for patients.

After medical school at UCSF, Dr. Chou completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and then undertook 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 by his peers for the past 8 consecutive years to the organization, “Best Doctors in America.”

In addition to having published as either first or senior author in SPINE, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, and Neurosurgery, his publications have been featured 5 times as the cover article of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

Dr. Chou is on the Advisory Board of the journal, SPINE, the Editorial Board of The Global Spine Journal, and on the Editorial Board for the journal, Neurosurgery. He has served for many years on the Scientific Program Committee for the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, as an abstract reviewer for such society meetings as the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and as faculty member for The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, The North American Spine Society, The Lumbar Spine Research Society, and the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.

Education

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

  1. Theologis AA, Lansdown D, McClellan RT, Chou D, Pekmezci M. Multi-level Corpectomy with Anterior Column Reconstruction and Plating for Subaxial Cervical Osteomyelitis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Mar 10.
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  2. Dekutoski MB, Clarke MJ, Rose P, Luzzati A, Rhines LD, Varga PP, Fisher CG, Chou D, Fehlings MG, Reynolds JJ, Williams R, Quraishi NA, Germscheid NM, Sciubba DM, Gokaslan ZL, Boriani S. Osteosarcoma of the spine: prognostic variables for local recurrence and overall survival, a multicenter ambispective study. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Mar 4; 1-10.
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  3. Than KD, Park P, Fu KM, Nguyen S, Wang MY, Chou D, Nunley PD, Anand N, Fessler RG, Shaffrey CI, Bess S, Akbarnia BA, Deviren V, Uribe JS, La Marca F, Kanter AS, Okonkwo DO, Mundis GM, Mummaneni PV. Clinical and radiographic parameters associated with best versus worst clinical outcomes in minimally invasive spinal deformity surgery. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Mar 4; 1-5.
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  4. Theologis AA, Miller L, Callahan M, Lau D, Zygourakis C, Scheer JK, Burch S, Pekmezci M, Chou D, Tay B, Mummaneni P, Berven S, Deviren V, Ames CP. The Economic Impact of Revision Surgery for Proximal Junctional Failure after Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Cost Analysis of 57 Operations in A 10-Year Experience at a Major Deformity Center. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Feb 18.
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  5. Safaee M, Oh T, Barbaro NM, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Weinstein PR, Tihan T, Ames CP. Results of spinal fusion after spinal nerve sheath tumor resection. World Neurosurg. 2016 Jan 20.
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  6. Park P, Wang MY, Nguyen S, Mundis GM, La Marca F, Uribe JS, Anand N, Okonkwo DO, Kanter AS, Fessler R, Eastlack RK, Chou D, Deviren V, Nunley PD, Shaffrey CI, Mummaneni PV. Comparison of Complications and Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes Between Nonobese and Obese Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity Undergoing Minimally Invasive Surgery. World Neurosurg. 2016 Mar; 87:55-60.
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  7. Gokaslan ZL, Zadnik PL, Sciubba DM, Germscheid N, Goodwin CR, Wolinsky JP, Bettegowda C, Groves ML, Luzzati A, Rhines LD, Fisher CG, Varga PP, Dekutoski MB, Clarke MJ, Fehlings MG, Quraishi NA, Chou D, Reynolds JJ, Williams RP, Kawahara N, Boriani S. Mobile spine chordoma: results of 166 patients from the AOSpine Knowledge Forum Tumor database. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 Dec 18; 1-8.
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  8. Fehlings MG, Nater A, Zamorano JJ, Tetreault LA, Varga PP, Gokaslan ZL, Boriani S, Fisher CG, Rhines L, Bettegowda C, Kawahara N, Chou D. Risk Factors for Recurrence of Surgically Treated Conventional Spinal Schwannomas: Analysis of 169 Patients from a Multicenter International Database. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Oct 17.
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  9. Park P, Okonkwo DO, Nguyen S, Mundis GM, Than KD, Deviren V, La Marca F, Fu KM, Wang MY, Uribe JS, Anand N, Fessler R, Nunley PD, Chou D, Kanter AS, Shaffrey CI, Akbarnia BA, Passias PG, Eastlack RK, Mummaneni PV. Can a Minimal Clinically Important Difference Be Achieved in Elderly Patients With Adult Spinal Deformity Who Undergo Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery? World Neurosurg. 2015 Sep 29.
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  10. 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.
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  11. 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.
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  12. 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.
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  13. 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.
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  14. Chou D. Considerations when contemplating minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. World Neurosurg. 2015 Jun 30.
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  15. 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 Sep; 23(3):280-9.
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  16. 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 Aug; 23(2):217-27.
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  17. 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.
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  18. 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 Jun; 22(6):582-8.
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  19. 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.
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  20. 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. 2015 May; 24(5):1092-101.
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