Abigail P. McCallum, M.D.

Neurosurgery Resident

Department of Neurological Surgery

220 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1500

Abigail P. McCallum, MD graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors from the University of Arizona in 2012, receiving a Bachelor of Art in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. While in school, Dr. McCallum investigated sleep and locomotor activity and longevity in Drosophila expressing TDP-43-driven neurodegenerative phenotypes in a Drosophila model of ALS. She additionally worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for her university's mathematics department and as a clinical assistant in orthopedic hand surgery in Phoenix, Arizona. During medical school she engaged in research investigating the cortical gene expression correlates of temporal lobe epileptogenicity and was the recipient of the 3rd Place Stereotactic and Functional Poster Award at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Since joining the neurosurgery residency program at the University of Louisville, Dr. McCallum has pursued an active interest in medical illustration and has designed figures for publication in Springer International's Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery: Principles and Applications, as well as manuscripts describing techniques for use of double lumen balloon assisted coiling of intracranial aneurysms, techniques for endoscopic subdural hematoma evacuation and nociceptive pathways of the vagus nerve.

Dr. McCallum's current research interests include development of a theoretical schema for previously undescribed aspects of corpus callosum development in humans. Future directions in this project include development of an experimental animal model to validate the schematic. Her interests also include use of anatomical models, cadaveric specimens and anatomical illustration for description of neurosurgical approaches, elucidation of neurosurgical anatomical variants, and improved resident education.

Her interests outside of neurosurgery include travel, snowboarding, architecture and art, and science fiction.

Dr. McCallum's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.