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Syed Zulfiqar Ali, MD

Director, Division of Cytopathology
Professor of Pathology

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Titles

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

Expertise

Pathology

Biography

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.

Languages

  • English
  • Urdu

Memberships

American Society of Cytopathology

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  • Education +

    Training

    • Rawalpindi Medical College(Rawalpindi) (1984)

    Residencies

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

    Fellowships

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

    Certifications

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

    Research Summary

    Dr. Ali’s interest is focused on clinicopathologic analyses by attempting to address diagnostic issues and prognostic factors, primarily based on aspiration cytopathology of pancreas, thyroid and soft tissues. He is involved in several ongoing projects that explore the use of high-resolution digital photo imaging, whole slide virtual microscopy and remote telepathology to create novel web-based tutorials, podcasts and evaluation tools that can lead to more sophisticated virtual photomicroscopy in diagnostic pathology.

    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.
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    Professional Activities

    Founding editor-in-chief, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology

    Co-editor, The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology

    Chairman, Educational Development Committee, American Society of Cytopathology

    Chairman, Scientific Program Committee, American Society of Cytopathology

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    Locations

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-1180
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    4940 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21224
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    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
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    Department/Division

    • Pathology

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