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Dr. Aneela Darbar is a U.S. board certified Neurosurgeon with 14 years of experience in dealing with complex brain and spine disease. After graduation she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Neurosciences, followed by Neurosurgery residency training at State University of New York (SUNY) at Syracuse.  Following this she completed a fellowship in minimally invasive cranial surgery working with the renowned endoscopic neurosurgeon, Dr. Charlie Teo in Sydney, Australia.    Her second fellowship was in open skull base and vascular disease with the internationally acclaimed Neurosurgeon, Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf based in the USA.

Prior to joining KCH, she served as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at The Saint Louis University Hospital, Missouri, as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at The Aga Khan University (AKU) Karachi and as a senior consultant Neurosurgeon at Mukhtar A. Sheikh Hospital (MASH), Multan.  In her career to date she has performed over 2500 surgeries and procedures on the brain and spine. She has special interest in performing minimally invasive brain surgery via smaller incisions and using endoscope. Along with this she also specializes in performing Awake brain tumor surgery resection to preserve functional and eloquent areas of the brain. Now she is a leading Neurosurgeon in Dubai

Her principal interest is to find novel ways to use endoscope for brain pathologies and has authored 5 book chapters and numerous peer reviewed publications.  She was also a teaching faculty for the surgical anatomy courses for senior neurosurgery residents, medical students and high school students in the US and continues to teach endoscopic and skull base courses internationally. She has received the Teaching and Humanitarian award at SUNY Syracuse, and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award by Dow Graduate Association

Dr. Aneela is an avid speaker at Local and International conferences and has given more than 100 talks on Neurosurgery and on Women Empowerment, including a TedX talk about Brain mapping during complex brain tumor resections. She is the founding Chair for the Women in Neurosurgery (WIN) in Pakistan and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of WIN for Asian Congress of Neurosurgeons.

She spends her spare time volunteering at charity clinics for the poor and underserved people of Karachi as well as in Zanzibar

Special Interest:

  • Minimally invasive Cranial surgery
  • Endoscopic and open Brain tumor resection
  • Endoscopic and open Skull base surgery
  • Awake Brain tumor surgery
  • Pediatric Brain tumor surgery
  • Endoscopic repair of CSF Leak
  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy
  • Craniosynostosis surgery
  • Myelomeningocele repair
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulator surgery for intractable epilepsy
  • All Spine traumatic and degenerative surgery including instrumentation and fusion
  • Spinal cord tumor resection
  • Carpal tunnel and Ulnar nerve release surgery
  • Epidural, facet and transforaminal injections for back pain.

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