Kalil Abdullah, M.D.

Kalil Abdullah, M.D.

  • 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, with an emphasis on low- and high-grade gliomas. 

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 – one of the few of its kind in the nation – which allows him to see tumor resection in real time.

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 polymeric biomaterials at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s degree in health economics and policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Dr. Abdullah’s research focuses on the intracranial delivery of therapies during and after resection of brain tumors, specifically glioblastoma. He has developed polymers that have the potential to provide treatment directly to tumors, and he conducts research to improve the quality of care for brain tumor patients, including analyses of economic and health policies in cancer care. Dr. Abdullah and his team are actively involved in enrolling patients in clinical trials for malignant 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

Of his many scholarly 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 central to everything we do,” 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
  • 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
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Brain Tumors
  • Neurosurgical Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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