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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Reoperation rates after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion versus posterior cervical foraminotomy: a propensity-matched analysis.
Lubelski D, Healy AT, Silverstein MP, Abdullah KG, Thompson NR, Riew KD, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Spine J 2015 Jun 15 6 1277-83
Rates of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion after initial posterior cervical foraminotomy.
Wang TY, Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Spine J 2015 May 15 5 971-6
Association of postoperative outcomes with preoperative magnetic resonance imaging for patients with concurrent multiple sclerosis and cervical stenosis.
Lubelski D, Healy AT, Silverstein MP, Alvin MD, Abdullah KG, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Spine J 2015 Jan 15 1 18-24
The correspondence and collaboration of Harvey Cushing and Irvine Page: Lessons from the Cleveland Clinic Archives.
Abdullah KG, Lubelski D, Lautzenheiser F, Mroz TE, Surg Neurol Int 2015 6 173
Tracking patient-reported outcomes in spinal disorders.
Nayak NR, Coats JM, Abdullah KG, Stein SC, Malhotra NR, Surg Neurol Int 2015 6 Suppl 19 S490-9
Quality-of-Life Outcomes following Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Fusion with and without the Use of Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2: Does Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 Make a Difference?
Lubelski D, Alvin MD, Torre-Healy A, Abdullah KG, Nowacki AS, Whitmore RG, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Global Spine J 2014 Dec 4 4 245-54
Quality of life outcomes following surgery for patients with coexistent cervical stenosis and multiple sclerosis.
Lubelski D, Alvin MD, Silverstein M, Senol N, Abdullah KG, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Eur Spine J 2014 Aug 23 8 1699-704
Variations in cost calculations in spine surgery cost-effectiveness research.
Alvin MD, Miller JA, Lubelski D, Rosenbaum BP, Abdullah KG, Whitmore RG, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Neurosurg Focus 2014 Jun 36 6 E1
Minimally invasive tubular resection of the anomalous transverse process in patients with Bertolotti's syndrome: presented at the 2013 Joint Spine Section Meeting: clinical article.
Li Y, Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Mroz TE, Steinmetz MP, J Neurosurg Spine 2014 Mar 20 3 283-90
Clinical outcomes following surgical management of coexistent cervical stenosis and multiple sclerosis: a cohort-controlled analysis.
Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Alvin MD, Wang TY, Nowacki AS, Steinmetz MP, Ransohoff RM, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Spine J 2014 Feb 14 2 331-7


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