Thoracic Surgeon Syed Osman Ali, MD, Joins Loyola | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thoracic Surgeon Syed Osman Ali, MD, Specialist in Minimally Invasive Techniques, Joins Loyola Medicine

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.

About Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Melrose Park, MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from more than 1,772 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. The medical center campus is also home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. GMH is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments in a convenient community setting. Loyola Medicine is a member of Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems with 94 hospitals in 22 states.

About Trinity Health

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.