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