Syed Ali, MD
“I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.” – Emo Phillips
Mysteries of life have always fascinated me. The multitude of unanswerable questions surrounding us has been my driving force to keep discovering and striving for answers. As a man of science, I have tried to find answers in natural phenomena, but they often fall short. As a man of faith, I have searched for clarities in religion, but it has its limitations. Neurology offers a perfect balance between the explainable and unexplainable. Here, with vastly different diseases and a plethora of presentations, you are always using the most important organ of the body and always questioning yourself.
I grew up in a ‘city of lights’, a city which never sleeps. One of the world’s biggest metropolises, Karachi, always had something exciting happening, something to keep you on your feet, whether it be some cultural festival or some political uproar. I attained my basic education from an institution established by Sir Charles Napier in 1840, and completed my high school through Cambridge University International Educational System. For medical school, I was fortunate enough to attend the Aga Khan University, the first private medical university in the country and probably the only with active research initiatives. Aga Khan University changed my life not just by providing medical education, but also helping me find my wife!
During medical school, my interest in research piqued. As a result, I availed myself of the opportunity to pursue a clinical research fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. It was during these two years of research that I realized the importance of having a strong clinical acumen to be able to ask the right research questions. UAMS Neurology is the best place to learn great clinical neurology, because of a vast patient load and more resident oriented training Additionally, training at the state’s largest hospital, opportunities to learn are indeed endless.
Language(s) spoken: English, Urdu
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Aga Khan University, Pakistan