Hussein Abdallah, MD

  • PGY-1 Resident

Hussein Abdallah, MD, MEng, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July 2023 after earning his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Abdallah received bachelor of science and master of engineering degrees in electrical science and engineering with a concentration in control theory from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a graduate student at MIT, Dr. Abdallah applied the engineering principles of control theory to the mathematical design of induced pluripotent stem cell reprogramming circuits. Following his studies at MIT, Dr. Abdallah was a senior research scientist in the Quantitative Sciences division at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, where he developed models for oncological immunotherapy metabolism.

As a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Abdallah worked on multiple projects in the Center for Cranial Base Surgery under the mentorship of Paul Gardner, MD, and Georgios Zenonos, MD. His work on a next-generation prognostication panel for skull base chordoma was recognized by the North American Skull Base Society with an award for the best basic science abstract. Dr. Abdallah continues his research work on multiple clinical databases for skull base tumors, including pituitary adenomas and chordomas. He remains interested in all clinical aspects of neurosurgery, and other research interests include the application of data science for more efficient patient care and technology development in neurosurgery. Dr. Abdallah grew up in Dearborn, Mich. Outside of neurosurgery, he enjoys the great outdoors, and his hobbies include biking, running, weight-lifting and swimming.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Skull base surgery; minimally invasive neurosurgery; database outcomes research.

Education & Training

  • SB, Electrical Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016
  • MEng, Electrical Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2023

Honors & Awards

  • Theodore Kurze Senior Prize for Excellence in Neurological Surgery and Clinical Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 2023
  • Best Basic Science Abstract, North American Skull Base Society Annual Meeting, 2021.
  • T35 Training Grant for Student Research in Hematology/Oncology, NIH, 2020.
  • Best Poster and Presentation, 6th Annual Synthetic Biology Symposium, 2017.