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


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