Meet Dr. Arif Ali

When Dr. Ali isn't treating patients or fulfilling his military duties, he likes to go deep sea fishing.

May 28, 2015

When he’s not treating patients at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Dr. Arif Ali devotes his time to serving in the Georgia Air National Guard. He also enjoys deep sea fishing. A flight surgeon with the current rank of Major, Ali has served two overseas tours of duty: in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan and in 2014 and early this year in support of Operation Inherent Resolve which is targeting ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Ali, says, “I enjoy serving in the military as a physician. The primary mission of the military in the defense of our nation is vitally important and one that I enthusiastically support with my time and energy. My role as a Flight Surgeon in the Georgia Air National Guard is to ensure that our nation’s fighting forces maintain, at all times, the highest level of health and readiness. As part of these duties, I have the pleasure of meeting and interacting with all ranks and ages of airmen.  One of the greatest honors of my life has been to serve them and our nation.”

Ali, an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Emory School of Medicine, specializes in treating patients with brain and spinal tumors. In addition to seeing patients, he is an active researcher, currently serving as the principal investigator at Emory of three funded radiation studies. One project is evaluating the use of nausea and vomiting as a screening diagnostic for radiation dose in the event of a nuclear disaster. Similarly, the second study is investigating the use of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy of tooth enamel to determine radiation dose received in the event of a nuclear disaster. The third funded study, that is scheduled to start in July 2015 through 2020, involves the use of EPR spectroscopy to directly measure oxygen levels within cancerous tumors during radiation treatment.

Ali joined Winship in 2007. He completed his internship in internal medicine and residency in radiation oncology at Emory.