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Mir H. Ali, MD, PhD
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Patient Educational Series

Mir H. Ali, MD, PhD   (Dr. Ali's CV can be viewed Here. PDF File)

Dr. Ali was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. After graduating from high school in 1992, Dr. Ali studied biology and public policy at The University of Chicago as an undergraduate student. After graduating with his degree in Biology in 1996, Dr. Ali remained at The University of Chicago as a member of the MD/PhD program, a NIH-funded joint degree program geared towards training the future leaders of clinical medicine and medical research.

After completing his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology in 2002, Dr. Ali returned to his medical school training, graduating with highest honors in 2004. While in medical school, Dr. Ali received numerous awards, including recognition by the Alpha Omega Alpha society a well as receiving the prestigious John L. Prohaska Award given to the medical student with the highest potential for excellence in clinical medicine, research, and teaching.

After graduating from medical school in 2004, Dr. Ali left The University of Chicago to pursue residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the world renown Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. At Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ali studied the non-operative and operative care of orthopedic problems during his five years of training. His final year of training was focused on solely on orthopedic trauma surgery and spine surgery. Upon completing his orthopedic surgery residency, Dr. Ali successfully passed Part I of the Orthopedic Surgery Examination in July 2009, thus becoming a Board-Eligible orthopedic surgeon.

After completing his orthopedic surgery residency and passing his board examination in 2009, Dr. Ali moved back to Chicago to pursue additional training in orthopedic spinal surgery at Rush University. One of the first and most renown spine fellowship in the world, Dr. Ali learned all aspects of non-operative and operative spine care in adult and pediatric patients. During this time, he was involved in patient care at Rush University Medical Center as well as the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Chicago, IL. Upon completing his fellowship, he joined OAD Orthopedics in the western suburbs of Chicago, a physician-owned orthopedic practice with a reputation for excellence in the care of spinal disorders.

Specializing in non-operative and operative care of neck and back disorders, Dr. Ali has been practicing spine surgery in the western suburbs of Chicago since August 2010. In July 2012, Dr. Ali successfully passed Part II of the Orthopedic Board Examination, thus becoming board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Ali is known in the medical community for his thorough history-taking, precise examination skills, attentive ears, and his vigorous belief in patient education. He is also known as a conservative surgeon who believes in surgery as a last report option and only believes in as little surgery as necessary to address the patient's condition.

In pursuit of improving on his successful non-operative and operative management history of back and neck disorders, Dr. Ali has partnered with Rezin Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - the leader in Orthopedic care in the Illinois River Valley region over the last 20 years - to create the Deerpath Spine Institute. This Institute - headed by Dr. Ali - is an independent physician-owned comprehensive spine care center with a coordinated system of medical pain management, physical therapy, interventional pain management (spinal injection treatments), as well as surgical treatments available as necessary. Most importantly, the Deerpath Spine Institute embodies Dr. Ali's philosophy of spending adequate time with each patient, explaining his/her condition in terms he/she can understand, discussing treatment options together in a team-oriented manner, and recommending surgery only when all other options have failed.

Mir H. Ali, MD,PhD
Director - Deerpath Spine Institute
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon - Rezin Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Dr. Ali is a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon trained in the diagnosis as well as the treatment of non-operative and operative spinal disorders. Dr. Ali practices in the far western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago and utilizes surgery as a last resort when all other non-operative treatments have failed to relieve pain and/or reduce risk of nerve damage/injury. All recommendations on this site are for general situations and a particular situation requires evaluation before specific treatment recommendations can be made.