Arif N. Ali, MD, MS


Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Radiation Oncologist
Brain and Spine Tumors
Colorectal Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Pancreatic Cancer
Stomach Cancer
Ocular Melanoma
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Arif N. Ali, MD, MS, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. A board certified radiation oncologist, Dr. Ali specializes in the treatment of brain and spine tumors, and gastrointestinal cancers. He treats patients at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Dr. Ali 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.


Dr. Ali graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. 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 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. Dr. Ali is also the Emory principal investigator for a subcontract from the Dart-Dose CMCR to study the use of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine radiation dose using tooth enamel.


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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 is the recipient of a prestigious $216,000 grant for lung cancer research from the Department of Defense.

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