Kalil Abdullah, M.D.

  • Eugene P. Frenkel, M.D. Scholar in Clinical Medicine
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Brain Tumors
  • Neurosurgical Disorders


Kalil G. Abdullah, M.D., M.Sc., 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 microsurgery techniques and awake craniotomies to map intricate regions of the brain during surgery. He also uses endoscopic and tubular approaches, intraoperative fluorescence, and laser therapy to provide minimally invasive surgery options to his patients.

Dr. Abdullah runs an NIH-funded research laboratory that develops new drug and treatment targets for brain cancers. He is actively involved in enrolling patients and running clinical trials for brain tumors. He has published more than 100 research papers and lectures both nationally and internationally on the treatment and science of brain tumors. He co-edited a seminal textbook on malignant gliomas, Glioblastoma.

In addition to brain tumors, Dr. Abdullah treats hydrocephalus, Chiari malformations, trigeminal neuralgia, and traumatic brain injuries. He is an Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant to the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys.

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 postdoctoral research fellowship in stem cell biology at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Meet Dr. Abdullah

Of his achievements, Dr. Abdullah is most proud of receiving the Alfred S. Maschke Award for Excellence in the Art and Practice of Medicine. “The patient is the reason we’re here,” he says. “My most important job is to listen and understand what is most important to my patients so that I can provide personalized care to each one.”

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Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - London School of Economics and Political Science (2016-2018)
  • Medical School - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (2007-2012)
  • Residency - University of Pennsylvania (2012-2019), Neurological Surgery
  • Graduate School - London School of Economics and Political Science (2016-2018), Economics
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society for Neuro Oncology
Honors & Awards
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctor, Rising Star Award 2021
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctor, Rising Star Award 2020
  • Emerging Investigator Award 2020, American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Brain Tumors
  • Neurosurgical Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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at UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth 600 South Main Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 3.200
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
817-882-2470 Directions

Neurosurgery Clinic

at James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center 5303 Harry Hines Blvd., 6th Floor
Dallas, Texas 75390
214-645-2300 Directions Parking Info