Dr. Aneela Darbar | Mukhtar A. Sheikh Hospital


Dr. Aneela Darbar


Sr. Consultant Neurosurgery/ Medical Director


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1 Overview
2 Area of Expertise
3 Workshops
4 Awards
5 Book Chapters
6 Publications
7 Memberships
1 Overview

Dr. Aneela Darbar is currently Medical Director/Head of Neurosciences/Sr. Consultant Neurosurgery at Mukhtar A. Sheikh Hospital, Multan.

She is a fromer Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. She is a Diplomate American Board of Neurosurgery and was a former faculty at the Saint Louis University, Missouri. She is the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan.

She graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan and then completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Neurosciences, followed by Neurosurgery residency training at State University of New York (SUNY) at Syracuse. Her next challenge was to work with the renowned endoscopic neurosurgeon, Dr. Charlie Teo in Sydney, Australia and completed a fellowship in minimally invasive cranial surgery.

She also completed a second fellowship in open skull base and vascular disease with internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon, Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf. Her principal interest is to find novel ways to use endoscope for brain tumor resection and has authored three book chapters and several publications on this topic. 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 in Pakistan and abroad. She has received the teaching and humanitarian award at SUNY Syracuse and Outstanding Young Alumnus Award by Dow Graduate Association of North America.

She is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Walter Dandy Neurosurgical society and American Association of Neurosurgeons. She also pioneered the Women in Neurosurgery (WINS) chapter within the Pakistan Society of Neurosurgeons (PSNS) and is an avid speaker at local and national conferences on women empowerment. She spends her spare time volunteering at charity clinics for the poor and underserved people of Karachi.




2 Area of Expertise
  • Minimally invasive brain tumor resection
  • Endoscopic pituitary surgery
  • Endoscopic & open skull base surgery
  • Spinal pain management including epidural & facet blocks
  • All kinds of spinal procedures including spinal cord tumor resection with intraoperative monitoring
  • Mininmally invasive spine surgery
  • Spinal instrumentation for degenerative and traumatic spine
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Pediatric brain tumor resection
  • Pediatric myelomeningocele repair
  • Pediatric and adult hydrocephalus (ventricular peritoneal shunt)
  • Indirect bypass for Moya disease
  • Peripheral nerve surgery including carpel tunnel release and Ulnar nerve decompression
3 Workshops
  • The 6 pillar approach for comprehensive management of sub cortical lesions Para fascicular surgery Of the white matter. Conducted by Amin Kassam at the Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI 53233.
  • 2014

    Cadaver Hands-on Workshop on Skull Base Surgery. Endoscopy, Navigation and Robotics. University of Freiburg, Germany.

  • 2013

    1st Dandy Division of Skull Base Surgery meeting/Hands-on Skull Base Course. Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

  • 2012

    Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplatsy Training Course. Medtronic, Kyphon Product’s Division-Peabody, MA.

  • 2011

    Advanced Endoscopic Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery Course by Theodor Schwartz & Vijay Anand. Synthes Anspach Medical Education Center Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

  • 2011

    The 4Th World Congress on Cerebral Revascularization and the 11th Annual hands-on course on Micro anastomosis and EC-IC bypass techniques, Saint Louis University

  • 2008

    Skull Base Workshop by Dr. Albert Rhoton. Medtronic’s Midas Rex Institute Fort Worth, TX.

  • 2007

    Neuroendoscopy seminar for residents Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, Buffalo, NY

  • 2007

    Endoscopic Techniques in Neurosurgery course by Dr. Charles Teo. The Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

  • 2006

    Intracranial Endoscopy course Dr. Mark Souweidane. The Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

  • 2005

    Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course completed.

4 Awards
  • SATHA Innovation Award
    2nd Invention to Innovation Summit, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Ponds Miracle Women (Awards given to distinguished women in Academia, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Socioeconomic development)
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus Award by Dow Graduate Association of North America APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America) 34th Annual Summer Meeting
  • First prize for Poster in the category of Pain.
    Efficacy of Gamma Knife Radio-surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia with Multiple Sclerosis.
    74th Annual meeting of American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, CA
  • Professional Development Award for Research.
    State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Syracuse
  • Teaching and Humanitarian Award

    State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Syracuse

5 Book Chapters

Endoscopic Approaches to Skull Base Lesions, Ventricular Tumors and Cysts. Nancy McLaughlin, Daniel M. Prevedello, Daniel Kelly, Ricardo L. Carrau, Amin B Kassam, Scott D.Wait, Charles Teo, Aneela Darbar, Sheri K. Palejwala. Principles of Neurological Surgery, 3rd Edition, Elsevier-Saunders.


The Eyebrow Supraorbital Craniotomy: A Less Invasive Approach to Lesions of the Anterior Cranial Fossa Parasellar Region and Ventral Brainstem Little, A.S., Gore, P., Darbar, A., Teo, C. Cranial, Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery, Springer-Verlag Italia.


  • Cerebral Revascularization for Giant Aneurysms of the Transitional Segment of the Internal Carotid Artery. Jonathan J. Lebovitz, Jorge Eller, Justin M. Sweeney, Deanna Sasaki-Adams, Aneela Darbar, Sheri K. Palejwala, Anja-Maria Radon, Saleem I. Abdulrauf. Principles of Neurological Surgery, 3rd Edition, Elsevier-Saunders.
6 Publications
  • 2018

    Use of Pre-operative Apparent Diffusion Co-efficient (ADC) to predict brain tumor grade.
    Aneela Darbar, Muhammad Waqas, Syed Faaiz Enam, Shaikh D. Mahmood.

  • 2017

    Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Secondary to Intracranial Mass: A Case Series.
    Abdul Basit Ansari1, Noman Lateef1, Abubakar Tauseef1, Aneela Darbar2*
    International Journal of Neurology and Brain Disorders

  • 2017

    Mini-craniotomy under local anesthesia for chronic subdural hematoma: An effective choice for elderly and for patients in a resource strained environment.
    Shaikh Danish Mahmood, Muhammad Waqas, Mirza Zain Baig, Aneela Darbar
    World Neurosurgery Volume 106, Pages 676–679, Oct 2017

  • 2017

    Multidisciplinary approach to the prenatal diagnosis and Post natal management of a large suprasellar arachnoid cyst: A case report.
    Omar Irfan, Heera Nand Rathore, Sarfraz Karim, Shabina Ariff, Aneela Darbar
    Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association Vol. 67, No. 5, May 2017

  • 2016

    Pediatric external ventricular drains: Experience from a tertiary care hospital of a developing country.
    Abbas Qalab, Rayaan Asad, Mahnaz hakeem, Maria Ahmed, Haque Anwer, Aneela Darbar
    Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association Vol. 66, No. 10 (suppl. 3),October 2016

  • 2010

    The Value of Endoscopy in the total resection of Pineocytomas.
    Morgan Broggi, Aneela Darbar, Charles Teo & Giovanni Broggi
    Neurosurgery 67(3 Suppl Operative) 159-65

  • 2009

    The management of completely resected childhood intracranial ependymoma: the argument for Observation only
    Little A.S., Sheean T., Manoharan R., Darbar A., Teo C.
    Childs Nerve Syst 25(3): 281-184

  • 2008

    Aneela Darbar, Peter D. Kim, Igor Yusupov, Satish Krishnamurthy.
    Use of Grotenhuis perforator in endoscopic third ventriculostomy and cyst fenestration
    Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery 51: 126-129

  • 2008

    Aneela Darbar, Richard T. Stevens, Adnan H. Siddiqui, James S. McCasland, Charles J. Hodge.
    Pharmacological modulation of cortical plasticity following kainic acid lesion in rat barrel Cortex
    J. Neurosurgery 109(1):108-116

  • 2007

    Brian V. Nahed, Aneela Darbar, Robert Doiron, Ali Saad, Caroline D. Robson, Edward R. Smith Acute Hydrocephalus secondary to obstruction of the foramen of Monro and cerebral aqueduct
    Caused by a choroid plexus cyst in the lateral ventricle
    J. Neurosurgery 107 (3): 236-239.

  • 2006

    Stefania Morbidini-Gaffney, Chung-Taik Chung, Tracy Erin Alpert, Nancy Newman, Seung Shin Hahn, Hemangini Shah, Lisa Mitchell, Daniel Bassano, Aneela Darbar, Saeed Bajwa, Charles J. Hodge. Doses greater than 85 Gy and two isocenters in gamma Knife surgery for trigeminal Neuralgia:Updated Results.
    J. Neurosurgery (Suppl) 105: 107-111.

  • 2005

    Aneela Darbar, Satish Krishnamurthy, James W. Holsapple, Charles J. Hodge.
    Ventral Thoracic Spinal cord Herniation: Frequently misdiagnosed entity.
    Spine 31 (17): E600-E605.

  • 2001

    Aneela Darbar, M.D. Nutritional requirements in Severe Head Injury
    Nutrition 17 (1):71-72.

  • 1999

    A. Vania Apkarian, Aneela Darbar, Beth R. Krauss, Petricia Gelnar and Nikolaus Szeveryni Differentiating Cortical Areas related to Pain perception from stimulus identification: Temporal analysis of fMRI activations in a painful thermal task.
    J. Neurophysiology 81:2956-63.

7 Memberships

Pakistan Society of Neurological Surgeons



Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA)



only Committee member for the International Division (ID) of Congress of Neurological Surgeons.



Congress of Neurological Surgeons



American Association of Neurological Surgeons.