Syed Adil, MD

Syed Adil


Duke University School of Medicine, MD, 2021
Duke University, BS, Neuroscience, Cum Laude, 2016

Honors and Awards

  •   Alpha Omega Alpha, 2020
  •   DukeMed Engage Fellowship for Global Neurosurgery Research, 2020
  •   Fulbright Research Fellowship, The Netherlands, 2016-2017
  •   Graduation with Distinction, BS, Neuroscience, 2016
  •   Duke Institute of Brain Sciences Research Grant, 2015
  •   DukeEngage Community Service Fellowship, South Africa, 2014

Research Interests

Machine learning for all neurosurgical subspecialties, global neurosurgery


Soccer, basketball (go Duke!), mountain biking, stargazing, blackjack, traveling

Residency Publications

  1. Adil SM, Calabrese E, Charalambous LT, Cook JJ, Rahimpour S, Atik AF, Cofer G, Parente BA, Johnson GA, Lad SP, White LE. A high-resolution interactive atlas of the human brainstem using magnetic resonance imaging. NeuroImage 2021 (PMID: 33951517).
  2. Ponder M, Venkatraman V, Charalambous LT, Ansah-Yeboah AA, Adil SM, Antezana LA, Dharmapurikar R, Gellad ZF, Lad SP, Hwang ES, Plichta JK. Mobile health application for patients undergoing breast cancer surgery: feasibility study. JCO Oncology Practice 2021 (PMID: 34097502).
  3. El-Khouly FE, Adil SM, Wiese M, Hulleman E, Hendrikse NH, Kaspers GJL, Sumerauer D, Nysom K, Deak L, von Bueren AO, Kebudi R, Slavc I, Jacobs S, Grill J, Kattamis A, Hauser P, Pears J, Biassoni V, Massimino M, Aguilar EL, Gil-da-Costa MJ, Kumirova E, Cruz O, Holm S, Bailey S, Thomale UW, Janssens GOR, Kramm CM, van Zanten SEMV, van Vuurden DG. Complementary and alternative medicine in children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma – A SIOPE DIPG Network and Registry study. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2021 (PMID: 33942498).
  4. Elahi C, Adil SM, Sakita F, Mmbaga BT, Rocha TAH, Fuller AT, Haglund MM, Vissoci JRN, Staton CA. CRASH and IMPACT TBI models compared with a machine learning-based predictive model from Tanzania. Journal of Neurotrauma 2021 (PMID: 33980030).
  5. Spears CA, Adil SM, Fuller AT, Kolls BJ, Haglund MM, Dunn TW. Surgical intervention and patient factors associated with acute outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury at a tertiary care hospital in Uganda. Journal of Neurosurgery 2021 (PMID: 33770754).
  6. Adil SM*, Hodges SE*, Charalambous LT, Kiyani M, Liu B, Parente BA, Lee HJ, Perfect JR, Lad SP. Paediatric bacterial meningitis in the United States: outcomes and healthcare resource utilization of nosocomial versus community-acquired infection. *co-first authors. Journal of Medical Microbiology 2021 (PMID: 33206032).
  7. Park C, Charalambous LT, Yang Z, Adil SM, Hodges SE, Lee HJ, Verbick LZ, McCabe A, Lad SP. Inpatient mortality and healthcare resource utilization of intracerebral hemorrhage complications in the US. Journal of Neurosurgery 2021 (PMID: 33482635).
  8. Adil SM, Elahi C, Gramer R, Spears CA, Fuller AT, Haglund MM, Dunn TW. Predicting the individual treatment effect of neurosurgery for patients with traumatic brain injury in the low-resource setting: a machine learning approach in Uganda. Journal of Neurotrauma 2020 (PMID: 3305454).
  9. Ponder M, Ansah-Yeboah AA, Charalambous LT, Adil SM, Venkatraman V, Abd-El-Barr M, Haglund M, Grossi P, Yarbrough C, Dharmapurikar R, Gellad Z, Lad SP. A smartphone app with a digital care pathway for patients undergoing spine surgery: development and feasibility study. JMIR Perioperative Medicine 2020 (PMID: 33393924).
  10. Adil SM*, Charalambous LT*, Spears CA, Kiyani M, Hodges SE, Yang Z, Lee HJ, Rahimpour S, Parente BA, Greene KA, McClellan M, Lad SP. Impact of spinal cord stimulation on opioid dose reduction: a nationwide analysis. *co-first authors.
  11. Neurosurgery 2020 (PMID: 32866229).
  12. Adil SM*, Hodges SE*, Edwards RM, Charalambous LT, Yang Z, Kiyani M, Musick A, Parente BA, Lee HJ, Peters KB, Fecci PE, Lad SP. Health care resource utilization and treatment of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in the United States. *co-first authors. Neuro-Oncology Practice 2020 (PMID: 33312678).
  13. Kiyani M, Hodges SE, Adil SM, Charalambous LT, Liu B, Lee HJ, Parente BA, Perfect JR, Lad SP. Outcomes and healthcare resource utilization of adult bacterial meningitis in the United States. Neurology: Clinical Practice 2020 (in press; early access:
  14. Elsamadicy AA, Adil SM, Charalambous L, Drysdale N, Koo AB, Lee M, Kundishora AJ, Camara-Quintana J, Kolb L, Laurans M, Abbed K, Karikari IO. Independent association between type of intraoperative blood transfusion and postoperative delirium after complex spinal fusion for adult deformity correction. Spine 2020 (PMID: 31996654).
  15. Kiyani M, Liu B, Charalambous LT, Adil SM, Hodges SE, Yang S, Pagadala P, Perfect JR, Lad SP. The longitudinal health economic impact of viral encephalitis in the United States. Journal of Medical Microbiology 2020 (PMID: 32040394).
  16. Kiyani M, Yang Z, Charalambous LT, Adil SM, Lee HJ, Yang S, Pagadala P, Parente B, Spratt SE, Lad SP. Painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy: health care costs and complications from 2010-2015. Neurology: Clinical Practice 2020 (PMID: 32190420).
  17. Elsamadicy AA, Charalambous L, Adil SM, Drysdale N, Lee M, Koo AB, Chouairi F, Kundishora AJ, Camara-Quintana J, Qureshi T, Kolb L, Laurans M, Abbed K, Karikari IO. Reduced influence of affective disorders on 6-week and 3-month narcotic refills after primary complex spinal fusions for adult deformity correction: a single institutional study. World Neurosurgery 2019 (PMID: 31132486).
  18. Elsamadicy AA, Drysdale N, Adil SM, Charalambous L, Lee M, Koo A, Freedman IG, Kundishora AJ, Camara-Quintana J, Qureshi T, Kolb L, Laurans M, Abbed K, Karikari IO. Association between preoperative narcotic use with perioperative complication rates, patient reported pain scores, and ambulatory status after complex spinal fusion (≥5 levels) for adult deformity correction. World Neurosurgery 2019 (PMID: 31009775).
  19. Elsamadicy AA, Charalambous LT, Sergesketter AR, Drysdale N, Adil SM, Freedman IG, Williamson T, Kundishora AJ, Camara-Quintana J, Abd-El-Barr MM, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO. Intraoperative ketamine may increase risk of post-operative delirium after complex spinal fusion for adult deformity correction. Journal of Spine Surgery 2019 (PMID: 31032442).
  20. Atik A, Calabrese E, Gramer R, Adil SM, Rahimpour S, Pagadala P, Johnson GA, Lad SP. Structural mapping with fiber tractography of the human cuneate fasciculus at microscopic resolution. NeuroImage 2019 (PMID: 30981859).
  21. Adil SM, Liu B, Charalambous LT, Kiyani M, Gramer R, Swisher CB, Verbick LZ, McCabe A, Parente BA, Pagadala P, Lad SP.  Healthcare economics of hydrocephalus after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage in the United States. Translational Stroke Research 2019 (PMID: 30864050).
  22. Adil SM, Han JL, Parente BA, Hickey P, Lad SP. Spinal cord stimulation for Restless Legs Syndrome: case series and mechanistic hypothesis. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 2019 (PMID: 30947223).
  23. Elsamadicy AA, Lubkin DT, Sergesketter AR, Adil SM, Charalambous LT, Drysdale N, Williamson T, Camara-Quintana J, Abd-El-Barr MM, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO. Rate of instrumentation changes on postoperative and follow-up radiographs after primary complex spinal fusion (five or more levels) for adult deformity correction. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2019 (PMID: 30641841).
  24. Wang TY, Harward SC, Tsvankin V, Bell H, Charalambous L, Adil SM, Englot DJ, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Isaacs RE, Krucoff MO. Neurological outcomes after surgical or conservative management of spontaneous spinal epidural abscesses: a systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 1980 through 2016. Clinical Spine Surgery 2018 (PMID: 30589647).
  25. Calabrese E, Adil SM, Cofer G, Perone CS, Cohen-Adad J, Lad SP, Johnson GA. Postmortem diffusion MRI of the entire human spinal cord at microscopic resolution. NeuroImage: Clinical 2018 (PMID: 29876281).
  26. Helseth AR, Hunanyan AS, Adil S, Linabarger M, Sachdev M, Abdelnour E, Arehart E, Szabo M, Richardson J, Wetsel WC, Hochgeschwender U, Mikati MA. Novel E815K knock-in mouse model of alternating hemiplegia of childhood. Neurobiology of Disease 2018 (PMID: 30071271).
  27. Yang CFJ, Adil SM, Anderson KL, Meyerhoff RR, Turley RS, Hartwig MG, Harpole DH, Tong BC, Onaitis MW, D'Amico TA, Berry MF. Impact of patient selection and treatment strategies on outcomes after lobectomy for biopsy-proven stage IIIA pN2 non-small cell lung cancer. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery 2016 (PMID: 26719403).
  28. Hunanyan AS, Fainberg NA, Linabarger M, Arehart E, Leonard AS, Adil SM, Helseth AR, Swearingen AK, Forbes SL, Rodriguiz RM, Rhodes T, Yao X, Kibbi N, Hochman DW, Wetsel WC, Hochgeschwender U, Mikati MA. Knock-in mouse model of alternating hemiplegia of childhood: behavioral and electrophysiologic characterization. Epilepsia 2015 (PMID: 25523819).