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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High Resolution Computed Tomography Atlas of the Porcine Temporal Bone and Skull Base: Anatomical Correlates for Traumatic Brain Injury Research.
Knoll RM, Reinshagen KL, Barber SR, Ghanad I, Swanson R, Smith DH, Abdullah KG, Jung DH, Remenschneider AK, Kozin ED, J. Neurotrauma 2019 Apr 36 7 1029-1039
Liver disease is an independent predictor of poor 30-day outcomes following surgery for degenerative disease of the cervical spine.
Goel NJ, Agarwal P, Mallela AN, Abdullah KG, Ali ZS, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Schuster JM, Chen HI, Spine J 2019 Mar 19 3 448-460
Complications Predicting Perioperative Mortality in Patients Undergoing Elective Craniotomy: A Population-Based Study.
Goel NJ, Mallela AN, Agarwal P, Abdullah KG, Choudhri OA, Kung DK, Lucas TH, Isaac Chen H, World Neurosurg 2018 Oct 118 e195-e205
Patient-reported Allergies are Associated With Preoperative Psychological Distress and Less Satisfying Patient Experience in a Lumbar Spine Surgery Population.
Levin JM, Boyle S, Winkelman RD, Tanenbaum JE, Abdullah KG, Steinmetz MP, Mroz TE, Clin Spine Surg 2018 Aug 31 7 E368-E374
Preoperative Nomograms Predict Patient-Specific Cervical Spine Surgery Clinical and Quality of Life Outcomes.
Lubelski D, Alentado V, Nowacki AS, Shriver M, Abdullah KG, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Neurosurgery 2018 07 83 1 104-113
Otogenic brain abscesses: A systematic review.
Duarte MJ, Kozin ED, Barshak MB, Reinshagen K, Knoll RM, Abdullah KG, Welling DB, Jung DH, Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2018 Jun 3 3 198-208
Thirty-Day Readmission Rates Following Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery.
Ramayya AG, Abdullah KG, Mallela AN, Pierce JT, Thawani J, Petrov D, Baltuch GH, Neurosurgery 2017 Aug 81 2 259-267
Resident simulation training in endoscopic endonasal surgery utilizing haptic feedback technology.
Thawani JP, Ramayya AG, Abdullah KG, Hudgins E, Vaughan K, Piazza M, Madsen PJ, Buch V, Sean Grady M, J Clin Neurosci 2016 Dec 34 112-116


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