David Choi graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge with a first class degree in Medical Sciences, special modules in Statistics and Computing. He went on to clinical studies at Edinburgh medical school, and junior clinical training in Edinburgh and Glasgow where he learnt the skills of general surgery, including upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and trauma surgery at the busy Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Neurosurgical training began at the Edinburgh Western General Hospital, with higher surgical training in the Glasgow Institute of Neurosciences before moving to London.

 Emmanuel College Cambridge

Emmanuel College Cambridge

 The old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

The old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

He completed a PhD in Neuroregeneration and Olfactory Ensheathing Cells at the National Institute for Medical Research, and then continued neurosurgical training at Atkinson Morley's Hospital (now incorporated into St George's Hospital) and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery where he latterly took up a substantive consultant position in 2005.

He is indebted to many teachers, including Sir Graham Teasdale who inspired a love of research, and Professor Alan Crockard who engrained a clinical understanding of the craniocervical junction, complex spine and skull base procedures, as well as countless other clinicians past and present.

David has published numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, for details please refer to the UCL Iris website. His clinical interests include spine surgery, complex (instrumented) spine surgery, tumours, craniocervical junction, and skull base endoscopy.