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Syed Zulfiqar Ali, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Director, Division of Cytopathology
Professor of Pathology

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  • Director, Division of Cytopathology
  • Director, Cytopathology Fellowship Training Program
  • Professor of Pathology
  • Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science


  • Pathology - Cytopathology
  • Radiology and Radiological Science


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Dr. Syed Zulfiqar Ali is a professor of pathology and an associate professor of radiology and radiological science at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as director of the Division of Cytopathology and as director of the Cytopathology Fellowship Training Program. His research interests address diagnostic issues and prognostic factors of clinicopathologic analyses, primarily based on aspiration cytopathology of pancreas, thyroid and soft tissues.

Dr. Ali holds an M.D. from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the Metropolitan Hospital Center of New York Medical College and a residency in pathology at Cornell University Medical Center. He also conducted a postdoctoral fellowship in pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as well as a fellowship in cytopathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Ali has authored or co-authored hundreds of peer-reviewed publications. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology and is co-editor of “The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology.” Dr. Ali is an active member of the American Society of Cytopathology, where he has served as the chair of various committees and was on the executive board. more

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  • Education +


    • Rawalpindi Medical College / MD; Medicine (1984)


    • Metropolitan Hospital Center - New York Medical College / Pediatrics (1989)
    • Cornell University Medical Center / Pathology (1994)


    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Pathology (1995)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Cytopathology (1997)


    • American Board of Pathology / Anatomic & Clinical Pathology (1996)
    • American Board of Pathology / Cytopathology (1997)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    1. Kulesza P, Torbenson M, Sheth S, Erozan YS, Ali SZ. "Cytopathologic grading of hepatocellular carcinoma on fine needle aspiration." Cancer. 2004;102:247-258.
    2. Swierczynski SL, Lewis-Chambers S, Anderson JR, Keller JM, Hinkle DA, Ali SZ. "Impact of liquid-based gynecologic cytology on a human immunodeficiency virus-positive population." Acta Cytol 2004;48:165-172.
    3. Ali SZ. "Acinic cell carcinoma, papillary-cystic variant: A diagnostic dilemma in salivary gland aspiration." Diagn Cytopathol. 2002;27:244-250.
    4. Steinberg DM, Chan TY, Freedman JA, Grimm LA, Ling L, Lehmann HP,Burroughs F, Rosenthal DL and Ali SZ. "Teaching cytopathology to second-year medical students: An interactive, case-based approach." Acta Cytol. 2002;46(3)481-489.
    5. Steinberg DM and Ali SZ. "Application of virtual microscopy in clinical cytopathology." Diagn Cytopathol. 2001;25:389-396, 2001.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • American Society of Cytopathology

    Professional Activities

    • Chairman, American Society of Cytopathology
      Educational Development Committee
    • Chairman, American Society of Cytopathology
      Scientific Program Committee
    • Co-Editor, The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology
    • Founding editor-In-Chief, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology
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