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Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor Lectureship

The Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor Lectureship invites prominent physicians, scientists and thought leaders in the fields of neurology and neurosurgery to deliver a guest lecture and engage in informal round-table discussions with peers at Virginia Mason. The lectureship aims to foster communication across national and international lines to stimulate innovation, improve practice, and inspire novel clinical, research, and quality initiatives in neuroscience. Its goal is to bring to the Neuroscience Institute an exceptional senior scholar who can contribute to and enrich the community's research, education, quality and innovation endeavors.

While on site, visiting professors meet with members of the Neuroscience Institute team for the purpose of discussion and education. They do not have direct patient contact or provide clinical care of any kind. A Virginia Mason provider sponsors every visiting professor and is responsible for directing the professor’s lecture content and arranging round-table participation of mutual interest to the professor and the team. The sponsor serves as the visiting professor’s main contact point during the day of the lectureship.


Visiting Professor Spring 2019: Dean Chou, MD

March 8, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lindeman Pavilion, Level 10
1201 Terry Ave., Seattle

Dean Chou, MD
Dean Chou, MD

Dean Chou, MD, is Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery, and Associate Director of the Neurospine Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. A graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine, Dr. Chou completed his internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital before serving as spine fellow at Barrow Neurological Institute. Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Chou has served on the Scientific Program Committee of the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves since 2010, is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, and currently co-chairs the research committee of the Lumbar Spine Research Society, where he is a board director. Dr. Chou is on the editorial board of four distinguished spine journals, and has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the field. He has been named a Best Doctor in America five times.

Past Neuroscience Institute Visiting Lecturers

- Han Jo Kim, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
- Gregory Mundis Jr., MD, Medical Director, San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders

- Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD, Head of Orthopedic Surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
- David Polly, Jr., MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Spine Service, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

- Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH, Chief, Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
- John H. Shin, MD, Director, Stereotactic Spine Radiosurgery and Spine Metastases Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital

- Louis G. Jenis, MD, Chief of Spine Surgery, Massachusetts General and Newton-Wellesley Hospitals


How to Become a Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor

The Neuroscience Institute hosts a maximum of two visiting professor lectures per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Invitation as a Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor is at the discretion of the Neuroscience Institute and requires:

  • Sponsor. Each visiting professor must be sponsored by a Virginia Mason Neuroscience Institute provider who proposes the visiting professor, contact information, content and lecture date to the Neuroscience Institute Executive Director and Administrative Director, Research and Academics. If approved, a letter of invitation is sent to the visiting professor.
  • CV and Photo. Upon accepting the invitation, visiting professors will be expected to provide electronic copies of their curriculum vitae and a professional photo.
  • Compliance. Visiting professors must comply with Virginia Mason’s Observers Policy. For more information about the Observers Policy, email Julie Katz or call (206) 341-1830.
  • Preparation. Visiting professors must arrive to Virginia Mason on the day of their appointment ready to present and engage in program activity.

For more information, please contact Julie Katz.