Kalil G. Abdullah, M.D., MSc is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in the treatment of adult brain tumors, with an emphasis on low and high grade gliomas.
Dr. Abdullah treats brain tumors using traditional microsurgery techniques and minimally invasive surgery options including endoscopy and laser therapy. Some of these surgeries are performed using an intraoperative MRI scanner- one of the few in the nation of its kind- which allows him to see tumor resection in real-time.
He received his medical degree from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar at the National Institutes of Health. He completed his neurosurgery residency and chief residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a fellowship in open and endoscopic neurosurgical oncology at Wellington Regional Hospital in New Zealand.
Dr. Abdullah’s research focus is on the intracranial delivery of therapies during and after resection of brain tumors, specifically glioblastoma. He completed post-doctoral research in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and has developed polymers with the potential to provide treatment directly to tumors. Having obtained a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, he additionally has a research effort to improve quality of care for brain tumor patients, including analyses of economic and health policies in cancer care. Dr. Abdullah and his team are also actively involved in enrolling patients in clinical trials for malignant brain tumors.
Dr. Abdullah has published over 100 research publications and articles, has been independently funded as a cancer researcher, and has been an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally. He co-edited the seminal textbook on malignant gliomas, “Glioblastoma” published in 2016 by Elsevier.
- Medical School
- Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (2012)
- Graduate School
- London School of Economics and Political Science (2018), Economics
- University of Pennsylvania (2019), Neurological Surgery
- Contralateral Transcingulate Resection of a Mid Cingulate Cavernous Malformation.
- Glauser G, Abdullah KG, Choudhri O, World Neurosurg 2019 Jun
- Evaluating the Association Between the Extent of Resection and Survival in Gliosarcoma.
- Ahmed FI, Abdullah KG, Durgin J, Salinas RD, O'Rourke DM, Brem S, Cureus 2019 Apr 11 4 e4374
- Factors Predicting Ventriculostomy Revision at a Large Academic Medical Center.
- Ramayya AG, Glauser G, Mcshane B, Branche M, Sinha S, Kvint S, Buch V, Abdullah KG, Kung D, Chen HI, Malhotra NR, Ozturk A, World Neurosurg 2019 Mar 123 e509-e514
- Topical Vancomycin Reduces Surgical-Site Infections After Craniotomy: A Prospective, Controlled Study.
- Mallela AN, Abdullah KG, Brandon C, Richardson AG, Lucas TH, Neurosurgery 2018 10 83 4 761-767
- The Effect of Underlying Liver Disease on Perioperative Outcomes Following Craniotomy for Tumor: An American College of Surgeons National Quality Improvement Program Analysis.
- Goel NJ, Abdullah KG, Choudhri OA, Kung DK, Lucas TH, Chen HI, World Neurosurg 2018 Jul 115 e85-e96
- A Retrospective Propensity Score-Matched Early Thromboembolic Event Analysis of Prothrombin Complex Concentrate vs Fresh Frozen Plasma for Warfarin Reversal Prior to Emergency Neurosurgical Procedures.
- Agarwal P, Abdullah KG, Ramayya AG, Nayak NR, Lucas TH, Neurosurgery 2018 06 82 6 877-886
- Radiomic MRI signature reveals three distinct subtypes of glioblastoma with different clinical and molecular characteristics, offering prognostic value beyond IDH1.
- Rathore S, Akbari H, Rozycki M, Abdullah KG, Nasrallah MP, Binder ZA, Davuluri RV, Lustig RA, Dahmane N, Bilello M, O'Rourke DM, Davatzikos C, Sci Rep 2018 Mar 8 1 5087
- Outcomes and Prognostic Factors in Pediatric Oligodendroglioma: A Population-Based Study.
- Goel NJ, Abdullah KG, Lang SS, Pediatr Neurosurg 2018 53 1 24-35
- Operative Strategies to Minimize Complications Following Resection of Pituitary Macroadenomas.
- Thawani JP, Ramayya AG, Pisapia JM, Abdullah KG, Lee JY, Grady MS, J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2017 Apr 78 2 184-190
- Three-Dimensional Printed Modeling of Diffuse Low-Grade Gliomas and Associated White Matter Tract Anatomy.
- Thawani JP, Singh N, Pisapia JM, Abdullah KG, Parker D, Pukenas BA, Zager EL, Verma R, Brem S, Neurosurgery 2017 04 80 4 635-645
Brem and Abdullah (Ed.) (2016). Elsevier