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
- The TaqMan method for SNP genotyping.
- Shen GQ, Abdullah KG, Wang QK, Methods Mol. Biol. 2009 578 293-306
- Four SNPS on chromosome 9p21 confer risk to premature, familial CAD and MI in an American Caucasian population (GeneQuest).
- Abdullah KG, Li L, Shen GQ, Hu Y, Yang Y, MacKinlay KG, Topol EJ, Wang QK, Ann. Hum. Genet. 2008 Sep 72 Pt 5 654-7
- Four SNPs on chromosome 9p21 in a South Korean population implicate a genetic locus that confers high cross-race risk for development of coronary artery disease.
- Shen GQ, Li L, Rao S, Abdullah KG, Ban JM, Lee BS, Park JE, Wang QK, Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. 2008 Feb 28 2 360-5
- Association between four SNPs on chromosome 9p21 and myocardial infarction is replicated in an Italian population.
- Shen GQ, Rao S, Martinelli N, Li L, Olivieri O, Corrocher R, Abdullah KG, Hazen SL, Smith J, Barnard J, Plow EF, Girelli D, Wang QK, J. Hum. Genet. 2008 53 2 144-50
Brem and Abdullah (Ed.) (2016). Elsevier