MAYWOOD, IL – Syed Osman Ali, MD, a thoracic surgeon who has advanced training in minimally invasive surgical techniques, has joined Loyola Medicine.
Dr. Ali treats thoracic conditions including lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, severe acid reflux, achalasia, hiatal hernias and chest wall conditions. Dr. Ali also performs lung transplants in Loyola’s busy lung transplantation program. Last year, Loyola performed more lung transplants than every other center in Illinois combined.
“The reason I chose this field is because it enables me to have a large impact on patients in positive ways,” Dr. Ali said. “This is what motivates me.”
Dr. Ali performs about 90 percent of his surgeries using minimally invasive techniques that result in fewer complications, less pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries and smaller incisions and scars.
Many of Dr. Ali’s patients have life-threatening cancers or other severe conditions that significantly diminish their quality of life.
“Patients often are in a very vulnerable state when they come to see me,” Dr. Ali said. “So in addition to discussing their medical and surgical treatments, I also address their psychological needs. I discuss their fears and lay out a roadmap for recovery so they can get back to their lives. I treat my patients like they were my family.”
Dr. Ali sees patients at Loyola’s main campus in Maywood and at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, a member of Loyola University Health System. Dr. Ali also will see patients and perform surgery at Edward-Elmhurst Health as part of a new thoracic surgery affiliation between Loyola and Edward-Elmhurst. Dr. Ali also serves as an assistant professor in the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Dr. Ali earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Connecticut and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Ali completed additional fellowships in minimally invasive thoracic surgery and advanced thoracic oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Ali comes to Loyola from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Dr. Ali is board certified in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.