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Arif N. Ali, MD transferred from Emory University as a board certified radiation oncologist and is trained to treat all types of cancer. During his 10 year tenure at Emory as a resident physician and then as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Ali focused on both translational and clinical research involving stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and brain tumor therapies.


Dr. Ali graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, which is currently ranked as one of the top 15 medical schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. He completed his internship in internal medicine and residency in radiation oncology at Emory University. As a resident, Dr. Ali was elected as 1 of 3 resident physicians in the US to serve on the Executive Committee of the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology. He also served as a chief resident at Emory and on committees for the American Society for Radiation Oncology.


Dr. Ali has a BS with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He also holds an MS in mechanical engineering with his thesis work performed in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.


Dr. Ali received several awards while at the University of Illinois and at Los Alamos including the Collins Engineering Scholarship, induction into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Glenn T. Seaborg Institute Summer Research Fellowship and Los Alamos National Laboratory contractor performance award for two consecutive years.  


Dr. Ali has been awarded several accolades for his research including the University of Chicago Leon O. Jacobson Prize, Emory Radiation Oncology Resident Research Day Prize (1st place) and Radiological Society of North America Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award.


Dr. Ali has previously received over $250,000 as the principal investigator (PI) of several grants from the Dartmouth Dart-Dose Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation to study various technologies to measure radiation dose in the event of a nuclear or radiologic mass casualty disaster. Dr. Ali performed research at Emory as an Assistant Professor and was the Emory PI for a $1.0M+ subcontract on a National Cancer Institute P01 grant with Dartmouth College as the lead institution. The P01 grant involves the dynamic measurement and study of oxygen levels with tumors of various cancer types. It is known that tumors with high levels of oxygen tend to respond better to radiation therapy.

Additional Biography

Dr. Ali also currently serves in the Georgia Air National Guard as a flight physician with the rank of LtCol. In 2011 and 2014, he took a military leave of absence from Emory to serve in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.

In his spare time, Dr. Ali enjoys spending time with his wife, Natalie, and their Labrador retriever, Trigg. He also enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, trap shooting, downhill skiing, dining with friends and participating in a variety of church activities.

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