Saleem Abdulrauf

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Saleem Abdulrauf
Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf.jpg
EducationWashington University in St. Louis
Years active2000–present
Medical career
InstitutionsAbdulrauf Institute of Neurosurgery™
Sub-specialtiesBrain bypass surgery

Saleem Abdulrauf is an American neurosurgeon. He is a physician specializing in neurosurgery in St. Louis, Missouri, who has helped develop high-flow brain bypass surgery, a procedure for treating intracranial aneurysm,[1] a less-invasive procedure than traditional methods.

He is the Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at the Abdulrauf Institute of Neurosurgery™ He is the Founding Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri.

He has served as a visiting professor to over 100 universities around the globe. He has authored the main reference textbook for brain bypass surgery titled Cerebral Revascularization in which Abdulrauf details extra-cranial to intracranial bypass surgery.

He specializes on "Awake" surgery for Brain Aneurysms, Arterio-venous-Malformations (AVMs), and EC-IC Bypass.

Abdulrauf has served on the boards of multiple neurosurgical societies, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the World Federation of Skull Base Societies (WFSBS).[2].

He is the Global President of the Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society

He is the author of the non-fiction book Three Invaders


Abdulrauf attended a high school in Kansas City, Missouri, and received his bachelor of arts in biology in 1984 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, receiving his M.D. in 1991. He completed post-graduate training and a residency in neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and subsequently completed a fellow in Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at Yale University, where he was on faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery.[3] Abdulrauf completed a fellowship in Skull Base Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas, training under M. Gazi Yasargil, who developed brain bypass surgery in the 1960s in Switzerland and is considered the father of modern neurosurgery.

Abdulrauf has played a dominant role in the development and education of a new brain bypass technique, now known as the Abdulrauf bypass.[4] One notable application of this technique occurred in 2010 when Abdulrauf performed the first high-flow bypass operation on a giant brain aneurysm in a blood vessel at the base of the skull of a 51-year-old woman named Claudia Letterman.[5] This less-invasive technique, which requires a much smaller incision, promotes better blood flow and reduces recovery time, was a huge advancement in neurosurgery, as shown by its appearance as the graphic on the cover of the medical journal Neurosurgery in March 2010. In collaboration with Scanlan International, Abdulrauf also developed the neurosurgical instrument to accommodate the requirements of the Abdulrauf bypass technique.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

Abdulrauf has authored the main reference textbook for bypass brain surgery titled Cerebral Revascularization: Techniques in Extracranial-to-Intracranial Bypass Surgery: Expert Consult and is an editor on the third edition of Principles of Neurosurgery.[7] A list of selected publications is below:

  1. Ellenbogen RG and Abdulrauf SI, Editors. Principles of Neurosurgery, Third Edition. Copyright 2010 Elsevier, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4377-0701-4.[8]
  2. Abdulrauf SI, Editor. Cerebral Revascularization: Techniques in Extracranial to Intracranial Bypass Surgery. Copyright 2011 Elsevier, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4377-1785-3.[9]
  3. Abdulrauf SI. Extracranial-to-intracranial bypass using radial artery grafting for complex skull base tumors: Technical note. Skull Base: An Interdisciplinary Approach 15,3:207-213, 2005.[10]
  4. Yasargil MG and Abdulrauf SI. Surgery of intraventricular tumors. 30th Anniversary Human Cerebrum III Issue. Neurosurgery June 2008;62(6)SHC1029-40.[11]
  5. Coppens JR, Cantando JD, and Abdulrauf SI. Minimally invasive awake STA to MCA bypass through a large burr hole: The use of CT angiography neuronavigation in surgical planning: Technical note. Journal of Neurosurgery September 2008; 109(3) 553–8.[12]
  6. Mahaney KM and Abdulrauf SI. Anatomical relationship of the optic radiations to the atrium of the lateral ventricle: Description of a novel entry point to the trigone. Neurosurgery October 2008; 63.[13]
  7. Abdulrauf SI, Sweeney JM, Mohan YS, and Palejwala SK. Short segment internal maxillary artery to middle cerebral artery: A novel technique for extracranial-to-intracranial bypass. NeurosurgeryMarch 2011, 68(3);804-8.[1]


  1. ^ a b Abdulrauf, S. I.; Sweeney, J. M.; Mohan, Y. S.; Palejwala, S. K. (2011). "Short Segment Internal Maxillary Artery to Middle Cerebral Artery Bypass: A Novel Technique for Extracranial-to-Intracranial Bypass". Neurosurgery. 68 (3): 804–8, discussion 808–9. doi:10.1227/NEU.0b013e3182093355. PMID 21206302.
  2. ^ Saint Louis University. "Department of Neurosurgery". Retrieved 2014-03-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Sociedade Portuguesa Neurocirurgia" (PDF). Retrieved 10 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ St. Louis Magazine (2011-12-22). "St. Louis Innovators: The Brainiac, Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf". Retrieved 10 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Women's aneurysm gets novel treatment". Retrieved 10 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Scanlan International. "Abdulrauf EC/IC Set". Archived from the original on 16 September 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  7. ^ Elsevier Authors. "Saleem I. Abdulrauf, MD". Retrieved 10 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Ellenbogen, Richard G. (2012-01-01). Principles of Neurological Surgery (3rd ed.). ISBN 9781437707014. Retrieved 2014-03-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "US Elsevier Health Bookshop | Mosby, Saunders, Netter & more".
  10. ^ Abdulrauf, S. I. (2005-08-15). "Extracranial-to-Intracranial Bypass Using Radial Artery Grafting for Complex Skull Base Tumors: Technical Note". Skull Base. 15 (3): 207–213. doi:10.1055/s-2005-872596. PMC 1214706. PMID 16175230.
  11. ^ "Surgery of Intraventricular Tumors". Neurosurgery. 2012-04-26. doi:10.1227/01.NEU.0000316427.57165.01. Retrieved 2014-03-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Coppens, J. R.; Cantando, J. D.; Abdulrauf, S. I. (2008). "Minimally invasive superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery bypass through an enlarged bur hole: The use of computed tomography angiography neuronavigation in surgical planning". Journal of Neurosurgery. 109 (3): 553–8. doi:10.3171/JNS/2008/109/9/0553. PMID 18759590.
  13. ^ Mahaney, Kelly B.; Abdulrauf, Saleem I. (2008). "Anatomic Relationship of the Optic Radiations to the Atrium of the Lateral Ventricle". Operative Neurosurgery. 63 (4 Suppl 2): 195–203. doi:10.1227/01.NEU.0000313121.58694.4A. PMID 18981826.