Dean Chou, MD

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Pioneering Techniques and Expert Care

Advanced Neurosurgical Spine, Minimally Invasive, and Scoliosis Surgery in New York, NY

Dr. Chou is the Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery, Professor, and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. We invite you to explore the website to find out more information on Dr. Dean Chou.

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Dean Chou, MD

Discover the Expertise of Our Leading Neurological Spine Surgeon

Dr. Chou is board certified with extensive training in spine surgery, offering patients top-quality care.

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How We Can Help

Dr. Chou is known for advocating for the best treatment options for his patients, which often includes non-operative care. He believes in treating patients with the least invasive procedure that is necessary to address a patient’s symptoms.

Minimally Invasive
Scoliosis Surgery

Dr. Chou offers a cutting-edge approach to treating adult scoliosis with a minimally invasive and mini-open approaches.

Minimally Invasive
Spine Surgery

A medical technique that involves making smaller incisions to treat spinal disorders with less disruption to surrounding tissues.

Complex Spine

Effectively treat conditions such as spinal deformities, tumors, and severe degenerative conditions, prioritizing patient safety.

Cervical Spine

Expertise in all cervical spine disorders including both open and minimally invasive approaches.

Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders

Pioneer in novel minimally invasive techniques in thoracic and lumbar spinal disorders.

Spinal Tumors

A world leader in complex spinal tumors, publishing multiple peer-reviewed papers on treatment techniques.

Patients with Prior Spine Surgery

Extensive experience in treating patients who have had prior spine surgery and may have symptoms.


Artificial discs may be a good option for a non-fusion treatment in select patients.

Spine Expert

Honors & Awards

Dr. Chou has won multiple awards for his track record of outstanding patient care and excellence as an academic leader in spine surgery.

Best Doctors in America
10 consecutive years

Castle Connolly Top Doctor

Alumni Achievement Award, The Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery

Dean Chou, MD

I offer patients the treatment recommendation that I would recommend to a family member with the same condition.

– Dean Chou, MD

Leadership Positions in Organized Spine Surgery
and Organized Neurosurgery




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Areas of Expertise

As technology continuously progresses and evolves, we strive to remain up-to-date with the latest advancements to address our patients’ needs more effectively.

Professional Memberships

Editorial Boards

Editorial board: The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine

Editorial board: Neurosurgery

Editorial board: PLOS One

Advisory board: Spine

Textbook Section Editor, 8th edition of Youmans and Winn, Neurological Surgery

Past Guest Editor: Neurosurgical Focus