Kalil G. Abdullah,M.D., M.Sc., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in the treatment of adult brain tumors.

Dr. Abdullah treats brain tumors using traditional microsurgery techniques and awake craniotomies to map intricate regions of the brain during surgery. He also uses endoscopic and tubular approaches, intraoperative fluorescence, and laser therapy to provide minimally invasive surgery options to his patients. Dr. Abdullah runs a research laboratory that develops new drug and treatment targets for brain cancers. He is actively involved in enrolling patients and running clinical trials for brain tumors.

He has published more than 100 research papers and lectures both nationally and internationally on the treatment and science of brain tumors. He co-edited the seminal textbook on malignant gliomas, Glioblastoma.

In addition to brain tumors, Dr. Abdullah treats hydrocephalus, Chiari Malformations, trigeminal neuralgia, and traumatic brain injuries. He is an Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant to the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys.

Dr. Abdullah earned his medical degree at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, where he was a National Institutes of Health Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and then received advanced training in open and endoscopic neurosurgical oncology through a fellowship at the Wellington Hospital in New Zealand. He completed an additional postdoctoral research fellowship in stem cell biology at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.


Medical School
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (2012)
Other Post Graduate Training
London School of Economics and Political Science (2018)
Graduate School
London School of Economics and Political Science (2018), Economics
University of Pennsylvania (2019), Neurological Surgery


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Honors & Awards

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery Emerging Investigator Award
  • Texas SuperDoctors Rising Star Award