Kareem Abdelfattah, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in UT Southwestern’s Department of Surgery. He specializes in trauma and critical care surgery and general surgery.

Dr. Abdelfattah earned his medical degree at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in burns, trauma, and critical care at UT Southwestern.

He sees patients at the three dedicated trauma services at Parkland and at the UT Southwestern Burn Unit, which serves as the regional burn unit for North Texas.

Dr. Abdelfattah’s research interests include metabolism and nutrition in critical illness and surgical education.

He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association for Surgery of Trauma.


Medical School
University of South Florida College of Medicine (2007)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014), Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2015), Surgical Critical Care

Research Interest

  • Metabolism and Nutrition in Critical Illness
  • Surgical Education


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

17?-Estradiol reappropriates mass lost to the hypermetabolic state in thermally injured rats.
Abdelfattah KR, Gatson JW, Maass DL, Wolf SE, Minei JP, Wigginton JG J. Surg. Res. 2013 May 181 1 136-41
Detection of ?-amyloid oligomers as a predictor of neurological outcome after brain injury.
Gatson JW, Warren V, Abdelfattah K, Wolf S, Hynan LS, Moore C, Diaz-Arrastia R, Minei JP, Madden C, Wigginton JG J. Neurosurg. 2013 Mar
Resveratrol decreases inflammation in the brain of mice with mild traumatic brain injury.
Gatson JW, Liu MM, Abdelfattah K, Wigginton JG, Smith S, Wolf S, Minei JP J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2013 Feb 74 2 470-5
A prospective evaluation of the use of routine repeat cranial CT scans in patients with intracranial hemorrhage and GCS score of 13 to 15.
AbdelFattah KR, Eastman AL, Aldy KN, Wolf SE, Minei JP, Scott WW, Madden CJ, Rickert KL, Phelan HA J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2012 Sep 73 3 685-8
Estrone is neuroprotective in rats after traumatic brain injury.
Gatson JW, Liu MM, Abdelfattah K, Wigginton JG, Smith S, Wolf S, Simpkins JW, Minei JP J. Neurotrauma 2012 Aug 29 12 2209-19


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Splenic Angioembolization. In Encyclopedia of Intensive Care Medicine

Abdelfattah, KR, Minei JP (2011). Springer

Cardiac Dysrhythmias. In Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

Abdelfattah KR, Minei JP (2016).

Burns. In Current Advancements in Technology

Abdelfattah KR, Wolf SE (2016).

Honors & Awards

  • American College of Surgeons - North Texas Chapter Best Trauma Paper Award
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Resident Scholarship Award
  • Department of Surgery Research Forum Best Poster Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Member
  • Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society Member

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Parkland Surgical Society (2015)