Professor David Choi

Mr David ChoiTel: 020 3448 3395

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Brain Tumour Service (Neuro-Oncology), Neurosurgery, Spinal surgery

Professional background

David Choi graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1989 with a first class BA degree in Medical Sciences, and studied clinical medicine in Edinburgh (MBChB 1992). He trained in general surgery at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and underwent specialist neurosurgical training at the Glasgow Institute of Neurological Sciences, Atkinson Morley’s hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London. He obtained a PhD in neuroregeneration, and was awarded the Hallett Prize medal from the Royal College of Surgeons, London. His clinical interests include complex spine surgery, spinal tumours, spinal trauma, degenerative spinal conditions, skull base tumours, skull base endoscopy, and craniocervical junction surgery. He holds an academic post at the UCL  Institute of Neurology, and was awarded a prestigious research grant from the European Research Council in 2009.


Selected Publications

D Choi, G Raisman, Somatotopic Organisation of the facial nucleus is disrupted after lesion and regeneration of the facial nerve; the histological representation of synkinesis. Neurosurgery 2002, 50(2):355-362

D Choi, ATH Casey, HA Crockard. Neck problems in rheumatoid arthritis: changing disease patterns, surgical treatments and patients' expectations. Rheumatology 2006, 45(10); 1183-1184

Knafo S, Choi D. Clinical studies in spinal cord repair: moving towards successful clinical trials. Brit J Neurosurgery, 2008; 22(1): 3-12

M Seo, D Choi. Adjacent segment disease after fusion for cervical spondylosis; myth or reality? Brit J Neurosurg 2008; 22(2): 195-199.

D Choi, D Li, S Law, M Powell, G Raisman. A prospective observational study of the yield of olfactory ensheathing cells cultured from biopsies of septal nasal mucosa. Neurosurgery. 2008 May;62(5):1140-4

Choi D, Crockard HA.  How and why should we benchmark clinical outcomes and quality of life for surgery in spinal metastases? Br J Neurosurg 2009 Feb;23(1):3-4.

Choi D, Melcher R, Harms J, Crockard HA. Outcome of 132 operations in 97 patients with chordomas of the craniocervial junction and upper cervical spine. Neurosurgery 2010; 66(1): 59-65.

Choi D, Crockard HA, Bunger C., Harms J, Kawahara N, Mazel C, Melcher R, Tomita K. Review of metastatic spine tumour classification and indications for surgery: the consensus statement of the Global Spine Tumour Study Group. European Spine Journal 2010; 19:215-222

Selected Book chapters

Atlas of Neurosurgical techniques: Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Fessler RG and Sekhar L (eds). Thieme, New York 2006.
Chapter 5: Transoral Approaches to the Craniocervical Junction (D Choi, HA Crockard)
Chapter 6: Transoral odontoidectomy (D Choi, HA Crockard)
Chapter 7: Extended transoral procedures and midline intradural tumor resection (D Choi, HA Crockard)
Chapter 8: Transoral Closure (D Choi, HA Crockard)

Operative techniques: Spine Surgery, Eds A Vaccaro, E Baron. Chapter Transoral surgery and DVD (D Choi, HA Crockard). Pub Elsevier 2007

Perisellar tumours including chordoma, optic nerve glioma, meningioma, hemangiopericytoma, and glomus tumors. D. Choi, H.A. Crockard
In Clinical Endocrine Oncology, 2nd ed, ID Hay and JAH Wass eds, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford 2008. pp302-309.

Spinal Disorders. S Farmer, A Casey, D Choi, R Howard, G Raisman,. In Neurology: a Queen square textbook. Apr 2008. Wiley Blackwell

GMC/GDC number: 3679652