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 and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood 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. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park 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 in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, 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 $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity 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.