Dr. Syed Osman Ali is motivated by a desire to help others, treating his patients like he would treat family.
Ali joined the Loyola University Health System in 2017, recruited for both the lung transplantation team and its rising mesothelioma specialty center.
He previously worked for the Altru Health System at the University of North Dakota, following fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at the Loyola University Medical Center and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
“I chose this field because it enables me to have a large impact on patients in a positive way,” Ali said. “Patients often are in a vulnerable state when they first come to see me. I treat them like they are my family.”
Ali specializes in treating mesothelioma with minimally-invasive surgery, which often results in shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, less pain and fewer complications for his patients.
“In addition to discussing their medical and surgical treatments, I also address their psychological needs,” he said. “We discuss their fears. We lay out a roadmap for recovery so they can get back to their lives.”
Ali treats esophageal cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, chest wall conditions and achalasia, among other diseases. He sees patients at both Loyola’s main campus and at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. As part of Loyola’s latest thoracic surgical affiliation, he also treats patients at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
He is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, board certified in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.
Ali completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Connecticut after earning his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.
“Dealing with cancer patients is what motivates me every day,” he said. “It’s the reason I do what I do. I am heavily invested [emotionally] in seeing our patients do well. I develop a lifelong connection. It’s a beautiful relationship.”
Disclaimer: Dr. Syed Osman Ali has no professional affiliation with Asbestos.com.
Tim Povtak is an award-winning writer with more than 30 years of reporting national and international news. His specialty is interviewing top mesothelioma specialists and researchers, reporting the latest news at mesothelioma cancer centers and talking with survivors and caregivers.
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