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

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

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Director, Division of Cytopathology

Professor of Pathology

Male

Languages: English, Urdu

Expertise: Pathology

Locations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-9790

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-955-9790

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-9790

Background

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.

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Titles

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

Education

Degrees

  • MD; Medicine, Rawalpindi Medical College (1984)

Residencies

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

Fellowships

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

Board Certifications

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

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 and thyroid. 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 diagnostic evaluation tools.

Selected Publications

Cibas ES, Ali SZ. The 2017 Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology. Thyroid. 2017 Nov;27(11):1341-1346. doi: 10.1089/thy.2017.0500. PMID:29091573.

Hang JF, Westra WH, Cooper DS, Ali SZ. The impact of noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features on the performance of the Afirma gene expression classifier. Cancer. 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1002/cncy.21879. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28544601.

Rooper LM, Onenerk M, Siddiqui MT, Faquin WC, Bishop JA, Ali SZ. Nodular oncocytic hyperplasia: Can cytomorphology allow for the preoperative diagnosis of a nonneoplastic salivary disease? (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28411376) Cancer. 2017 Apr 14. doi: 10.1002/cncy.21865. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28411376.

Hang JF, Lilo MT, Bishop JA, Ali SZ. Diagnostic Accuracy of Fine Needle Aspiration in Thyroid Nodules Arising in Patients with Graves Disease. Acta Cytol. 2017 Mar 4. doi: 10.1159/000464094. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28259878.

Lilo MT, VandenBussche CJ, Allison DB, Lennon AM, Younes BK, Hruban RH, Wolfgang CL, Ali SZ. Serous Cystadenoma of the Pancreas: Potentials and Pitfalls of a Preoperative Cytopathologic Diagnosis. Acta Cytol. 2016 Nov 26. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27889754.

Activities & Honors

Memberships

  • American Society of Cytopathology (ASC)

Professional Activities

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

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