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. 

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, tubular, and laser therapy to provide minimally invasive surgery options to his patients. He performs some of these surgeries using an intraoperative MRI scanner which allows him to see tumor resection in real time. He also performs fluorescence-guided tumor resections, and led the surgical team that performed the first such surgery in North Texas.

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 research fellowship in stem cell biology and bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s degree in health economics and policy from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Abdullah directs an Integrated Brain Tumor Research Program that takes tumor tissue directly from the operating room to the laboratory to develop new drug and treatment targets. He is actively involved in both running and enrolling patients in clinical trials for brain tumors. 

He has published more than 100 research papers and has been an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally. He co-edited the seminal textbook on malignant gliomas, Glioblastoma


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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