Arif N. Ali, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Department of Radiation Oncology


(404) 778-3473


Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University



Arif N. Ali, MD, MS, is a board certified radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Ali practices general radiation oncology and specializes in the treatment of brain and spine tumors. He treats patients at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Arif N. Ali, MD, MS, serves in the Georgia Air National Guard as a flight physician with the rank of Major. In 2011, he took a military leave of absence from Emory to serve overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In his spare time, Dr. Ali enjoys playing with his yellow 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.


Dr. Ali graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, which is currently ranked as one of the top 10 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 received a $50,000 pilot grant as the principal investigator from the Dartmouth Dart-Dose Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation to study the use of emesis as a screening diagnostic for radiation dose in the event of a nuclear or radiologic mass casualty disaster. He is the Emory principal investigator (PI) for a subcontract from the Dart-Dose CMCR to study the use of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine radiation dose using tooth enamel. Dr. Ali is also the Emory PI for a subcontract on a National Cancer Institute P01 grant with Dartmouth College as the lead institution. The P01 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 therapy.

Dr. Ali is also focused on clinical research on stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and brain tumor therapies.


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