Improving patient health through innovation

Dr. Khalil has special interest in innovative therapies and technologies to improve the health of patients. Before joining DISC, he served as Director of Spine Neurosurgery and Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at University of California, Irvine’s Department of Neurological Surgery, and he continues to serve as a volunteer neurosurgeon at UCI Medical Center.

Dr. Khalil’s medical training began in Amman, Jordan, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of Jordan Medical School. He then completed an internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH.

He has completed many fellowships, including positions at Harvard affiliated hospitals, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Khalil also completed a combined neurosurgery-orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at New England Baptist hospital in Boston, MA, and a research fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston conducting preclinical trials of neuroscaffolds implantation in injured spinal cord of rats that lead to first-in-human clinical trial.

Dr. Khalil is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, North American Spine Society (NASS), AO Spine foundation, Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, and several other societies.

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  • New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, M.A. – Neurosurgery-orthopedic spine surgery
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, M.A. – spinal cord injury research fellowship


  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH – Neurological Surgery 


  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH – General Surgery 

Medical School

  • University of Jordan Medical School in Amman, Jordan – Doctor of Medicine degree


American Association of Neurological Surgeons Top Gun Award


  • Anterior Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Laminoforamenotomy
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Anterior/Posterior Spinal Fusion
  • Lateral/Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty
  • Lumbar Microdecompression
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Posterior Interbody Spinal Fusion
  • Posterior Spinal Fusion