Dr. Ali is a product of four continents, a real “global” person. He grew up in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; and has studied, worked, and lived in the U.K., Hong Kong, China, India, Pakistan, and now the U.S. He obtained his medical degree in Cape Town, South Africa and subsequently studied at the University of Oxford where, between enjoying the sights, sounds, and friendships that are so characteristic of the ‘town of dreaming spires,’ he spent time researching cardiovascular diseases and earned a degree in global public health. Dr. Ali has been a faculty member at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health since 2008 and has thoroughly enjoyed the spirit, ambition, and enthusiasm of Emory students, and the collegial atmosphere promoted by the faculty.
Dr. Ali's current work focuses on South Asia with projects involving young-onset diabetes in Chennai, surveillance of non-communicable diseases in New Delhi, Karachi, and Chennai, technical advice for a nationwide survey of diabetes in India, and a multi-center cardiovascular care delivery randomized trial in eight cities. He is also involved with the Diabetes Translation group at CDC, as well as the Action to Control Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes (ACCORD) Quality of Life and Cost-Effectiveness group.
In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Ali serves as a faculty mentor to the Emory Global Health Institute's Student Advisory Committee and has been a key player in the development of the Emory Global Health Case Competition.