Zarina S. Ali, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine

Zarina S. Ali, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. She leads the Neurosurgery Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program at Penn, which aims to optimize patients prior to, during, and after spinal and peripheral nerve surgery in order to reduce the surgical stress response and promote expeditious surgical recovery. This program is one of the first of its kind in Neurosurgery nationally, and serves as a vehicle to deliver value-based care. Through this work, Dr. Ali has demonstrated improved neurosurgical patient outcomes and decreased hospital expenditures. Dr. Ali received her BS and MD from the University of Rochester where she completed the combined BS-MD Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program in 2009. She also received a Master of Science degree in Neurobiology and Anatomy from the University of Rochester in 2007. She then went on to complete neurological surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, including a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery at Penn. She joined the Penn faculty in her current position in 2016.

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