Name: Ziad Ali, MD
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Specialty: Cardiology & Weight Management
Place of Practice: Columbia University, New York, NY
Why did you want to become a doctor?
Because it's the only job that you get to where your pajamas to work! In high school my favorite subject was biology. My elder brother went to medical school and I loved hearing about the things he was doing and learning. After that it was a no-brainer.
What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?
I am one of only a handful of doctors in the USA and probably the world that spends half of his time doing detailed molecular and cellular research trying to understand why our blood vessels get blocked up and why the treatments that we use to treat blocked arteries don’t last forever. We have all heard of the oxidants and how antioxidants can help our bodies, but the other side of oxidative stress is a totally new field called reductive stress. I am working on whether antireductants can also have a benefit for our hearts and bodies. Stay tuned!
The other half of my time I spend seeing patients in my office and treating there blockages in the catheterization laboratory. Doing basic science and treating patients puts me in a unique position to be able to bring things that we learn from the lab bench to the patient bedside. This is what we like to call translational medicine. Also having trained in cardiovascular surgery prior to embarking on my career as an interventional cardiologist gives me a very unique perspective on what is truly the best option for patients – surgery versus catheterization versus medical therapy.
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