Medical Liscences New York State & Connecticut

2023-2024                  Harvard Medical link  School

                          Blavatnik Institute, Global Health & Social Medicine

                                                     Certificate in Media & Medicine

2020-                    New York Medical College Institute of Public Health

                         DrPH Health Policy & Managemnt

                                   Long Term Care and Disaster Preparedness

2020                    Catholic University of Milan

                          Advanced Course in Geiaritric Oncology

                          Certificate Program (Accepted yet Canceled due to COVID)

2020-2021               Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

                         VA Health, (Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center)

                         Fellowship Hospice, Pallatve Medicine

                         Board Eligible ABIM Hospice/Palliative Medicine Summer 2021

2018-2020               University of Connectcut Center on Aging

                         Fellowship Geriatric Medicine

                         Board Certified ABIM Geriatric Medicine

2014-2018               Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health

                                  Residency Internal Medicine

                         Board Certified ABIM General Internal Medicine


2008-2012               Saint George's University School of Medicine

                                   Grenada, West Indies            

                                   MD “Global Scholar’s Program”

 2008-2009               Northumbria University

                                    Newcastle, England , UK

                                       Dip HE   Basic Medical Sciences

 2006-2016               New York Medical College Institute of Public Health

                                       MPH    Health Policy & Management / Disaster Medicine

 2003-2006               New York Medical College Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

                                   M.S.  Medical Sciences, Reserach HIV Dementia

2002-2003                     Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 

                         Distance Education Courses in Immunology/Toxicology


1997-2002                    College of the Holy Cross                   

                                  Worcester, MA

                                  BA. Psychology  Cert. Premedical Sciences

Honors and Awards

2023              Elected Founding Board of Trustee of American Academy of Geriatric Oncology

2023              Elected to Science & Education Committee International Society of Geriatric Oncology (Societe International                                            Oncologie Geriatrique) Geneva Switzerland)               

2022          Elected  Vice President of Cancer and Aging Special Interest Group American Geriatrics Society

2022          Reviewer Journal of Geriatric Oncology

2019              Elected Liason between Palliative Care and Geriatric Oncology Special Interest Group American Geriatric Society

2018              Baker Award for Compassionate Care Awarded from Yale New Haven Health, Bridgeport Hospital         

2018              Selected for Initial Interview CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Epidemiology Intelligence Services  


2014              Awarded Best Student Journalist with Fellow Production Team at Radio Rounds at International Radio Awards

                      On Segment on Mass General Hospital Response to Boston Marathon Bombing

2008-2011     Vice President External Affairs IFMSA (Internationa Federation of Medical Student Associations)

2009              Awarded St. George’s University School of Medicine’s White Coat Award representing the values of                          professionalism and integrity, voted on by student body Grenada, West Indies

2007              Selected for Minority Career Workshop by the International Radio & Television Society in New York

2005-2006     Chairman Fundraising Committee New York Medical College  Student Run Clinic

2006-2007      Treasurer American College of Healthcare Executives NYMC Chapter

2005-2006       Graduate Student Association student Vice  President (New York Medical College)

2006                Elected Chair of Graduate Student Research Forum 2006  (New York Medical College)

2004- 2008                President Holy Cross Alumni Association of Fairfield County

2005-2006                Representative to the New York Academy of Sciences (New York Medical College)

2000-2001                Appointed by Holy Cross Administration to Student Leadership Committee

2000-2001                Student Advisory Board (Center of Ethics) [College of the Holy Cross]

Research Experience

August 2019-                       University of Connecticut                                                             Department of Geriatric Medicine

                                             Farmington CT

Fellowship Research Project

Working on data analysis using surrogate markers of cognitive impairment in SEER MHOS data from National Cancer Institute to analyze potential cognitive impairment in setting of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors used to treat older adults with Melanoma and Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

December 2018-                       Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center                              Department of Geriatric Medicine

                                                  New York, NY

Clinical Research Associate

Working on data analysis using various aspects of comprehensive geriatric assessment along with biomarkers that correlate with frailty and post operative outcomes in solid tumors affecting geriatric populations

Fall 2017-Spring 2018               Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai                               Veterans Aging Cohort Study

                                                  West Haven, CT


Working on data analysis using Veterans Aging Cohort Study along on Correlation between potential glioblastoma incidence among aging HIV infected patients

Summer 2012-Summer 2014               Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai                                                                              Elmhurst Hospital Center  (NYC HHC)

                                                            New York, NY

Research Associate Department of Neurosurgery & Neurocritical Care

Working on several projects including from analysis of Traumatic Brain Injury pedestrian injury with a grant from NY Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Presented at NY Highway Safety Symposium and at Neurosurgery/ Trauma Board grand rounds. In addition examining clinical outcomes post crainoplasty and requirements for ICU follow up. Exploring with a specific focus on detection of non-convulsive status epilepticus after traumatic brain injury. In ICU settings non-convulsive status epilepticus goes undetected causing neurological consequences because of lack of adequate EEG operating staff and general impracticality of traditional cumbersome 12 channel EEG. Exploring new innovations in EEG monitoring using a unique algorithm which be a viable tool when used in acute setting s to help detect otherwise ignored episodes of non-convulsive status epilepticus.

Spring 2007                                      New York Medical College                              

                                                         Valhalla, NY

Master of Science Thesis

Published thesis : HIV Associated Dementia Dopaminergic Neuronal Apoptosis and Future Implications for Clinical Intervention

2001-2002          University of Massachusetts Medical School                               Worcester, MA

Neurosurgery Clinical Research Assistant/Allied Health Student Intern

Studied correlation between Chiari I malformation and hearing loss. The objective of this study is to examine the relationship with the herniated cerebellar tonsils and strain on the 8th cranial nerve that is associated with hearing loss. The study involves a Neuro-otologist and a Neurosurgeon. Dr. Cliff A. Megarian and Dr. Scott Litofsky respectively.

Summer 2000      Bridgeport Hospital                              Bridgeport, CT

                            Yale University School of Medicine     New Haven , CT

Research Assistant


Research position with Dr. Thomas Tinghitella and Dr. Stephen Edberg, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Yale University School of Medicine. Summer 2000.We submitted an abstract,that had been reviewed for publication in Clinical Journal of Microbiology and presentation at national conference in Orlando Florida around May 20th of 2001. Study involved the assessment of the effectiveness of new ELISA technique to diagnose a common form of gastric infection, that would replace standard Hospital culture procedure that ordinarily takes 3 days.

1998-1999     College of The Holy Cross              Worcester,MA

                        Harvard Medical School                    Boston MA

Research Assistant

Research position with Dr. Sherri Bucher, Holy Cross Department of Psychology and Neuroscience in association with Dr. Barry Kosofsky, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Harvard Medical School. Published an abstract in Holy Cross advanced research symposium: Pre-Natal Cocaine Exposure and Implications of Stress Response. This study focused on the role of pre-natal cocaine exposure with children with Attention Deficit Disorder resistant to Ritalin treatment

Work Experience

February 2024-Ongoing                                             Pfizer Pharmacuticals

                                                                               New York, NY

Consultant Geriatric Population Treatments (Infectious Disease and Malignanacy Initiaives)

Contracted consulting with Pfizer Pharmacuticals on treatment inititives targeted to older adults with COVID-19 and maligannacy. Appearing on Advisory panel for Phase 3 clinical trial treatment review for maliganancy related ititiatives.

March 2023-Ongoing                                             Global Health Reporting Center

                                                                           New York, NY

Contributor (Focus Global Stories Affecting Aging Populations)

Freelance Contributor writing and research for important stories that impact the global aging population. The Global Health Reporting Center (GHRC) is an independent, nonprofit newsroom committed to producing in-depth content about the vital health challenges of our time.The Center aims to fill crucial gaps in public understanding of critical health issues. We specialize in projects that require longer timelines, extensive reporting and consistent focus. Our approach involves an effort to understand the complex interactions of science, community, economics, politics and human behavior. Drawing on decades of beat reporting and subject matter expertise, the GHRC reports from every continent, with local flavor and a global perspective.

November 2021- Ongoing                          Mount Sinai Health The New Jewish Home

                                                            New York, NY

Staff Physician Subacute Care (Special Focus Geriatric Supportive Oncology) Assistant Professor Department of Medicine (Focus on Geriatric Medicine)

Staff physician tasked to manage subacute rehabilitation after major hospitalization for Geriatric population including those with sequela of Oncological Care. Scope of practice not limited to older adults yet focus will be on providing medical/geriatric and palliative care to those admitted for short term rehabilitation. Will be teaching medical students, resident physicians and physician fellows rotating through the Brookdale Department of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Medicine. The New Jewish Home developed programs in Long Term Care as a leader in 1848. It has been the site where the Mount Sinai Health System started its Geriatrics Department. The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Geriatrics Remains No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report Specialty Rankings for Second Year

July 2021- Ongoing                                    Cancer and Aging Program

                                                            Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai

                                                            New York, NY

Researcher and Care Model Collaborator

Working to help integrate components of Geriatric Assessment within outpatient oncology clinical workflow. Active with Cancer and Aging Program research initiatives as well fostering innovation and outreach. Focusing on functional impairment outcomes particularly in older adults with non metastatic muscle invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) which is the main malignancy with a mean age at diagnosis of 73

July 2021- Ongoing                                    Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center

                                                            VA Medical Center

                                                            New York, NY

Researcher and Care Model Collaborator

Working with researchers at the JJ Peters VA medical Center on Geriatric and Suportive Care for US Veterans

July 2021- Ongoing                                    Bridgeport Hospital, Northeast Medical Group Yale New Haven Health

                                                            Bridgeport, CT

Per Diem Consultant Geriatric Medicine/ Geriatric Supportive Care

Active per diem consultant physician for inpatient Geriatric Care across Medical, Surgical and Emergency Departments. Comprehensive Geriatric Specialty Services at Yale New Haven Health collaborates with multidisciplinary team to support patients and families.Bridgeport Hospital is the first hospital in Connecticut to earn GeriatricEmergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

July 2020- July 2021                                      Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

                                                                      James J Peters VA Medical Center

                                                                      New York, NY

Fellow Hospice, Palliative Care Medicine/Supportive Oncology.

Focus on Geriatric Oncology with research focus on distress caused by neurocognitive impairment and adverse effects of chemotherapy/radiation therapy

December  2019-                                        Walt Disney Television, ABC News Medical Unit

                                                                   New York, NY

Medical Contributor/Production Assistant

The Medical Unit at ABC News vets and provides medical content across platforms, including Good Morning America, World News with David Muir, Nightline, 20/20, local affiliates, radio, and Residents and Fellows serve a critical role in the ABC News Medical Unit to ensure credible medical information is presented across all platforms. Will focus on stories particularly focused on Geriatric Medicine, Oncology and Palliative Care yet will be also cover a large breadth of medical news based on breaking developments from yet to be published medical journal articles as well of coverage of major medical meetings

March 2019-                                                  Northeast Medical Group/Yale New Haven Health

                                                                       New Haven, CT

Junior Attending Physician (Per Diem)

As part of Yale New Haven Health, Northeast Medical Group is:
Affiliated with five leading regional hospitals – Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Westerly and Yale New Haven.
A network of more than 130 physician practices in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Westchester County, New York

March 2019-                                                        Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

                                                                            Wallingford, CT


Junior Attending Physician (Per Diem)

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a 137-bed non-profit specialty hospital, also known as a long-term acute care hospital, specializing in medical management and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced an acute illness or a traumatic accident. Average length of stay is at least 25 days. Staffed and equipped to handle the needs of the acutely ill or chronically disabled patients who require a hospital level of care. Gaylord is able to treat individuals who need care and rehabilitation for illness or injury related to the brain and nervous system, spine, bones and joints, and lungs and other conditions.

July 2018- July 2020                               University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Center on Aging

                                                               Farmington, CT

Fellow Geriatric Medicine

Focus on Geriatric Oncology with Palliative Care at St. Francis Hospital, Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Geriatrics Group, Smilow Cancer Hospital at St. Francis Hospital Campus

July 2014-July 2018                              Yale New Haven Health, Bridgeport Hospital

                                                             Bridgeport, CT

Resident Physician Internal Medicine

Focus on Geriatrics with major Electives taken at Smilow Cancer Hospital in Oupatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

January 2014-May 2014                       NYC Office of Emergency Management

                                                             New York, NY

Health & Medical Unit/ Human Services Intern

Completing MPH practicum with NYC OEM’s Health and Medical Unit focusing on helping to improve city wide AWS (Alert Warning System) for special needs populations. In addition working on projects to improve hospital evacuation strategies in case of public health emergencies. The mission of the Health and Medical Unit is to support the resiliency of New York City’s medical infrastructure through emergency event planning, information sharing and partnership building. OEM works closely with NYC Department of Health and FDNY- EMS, in addition to several other City and State agencies, and local non-profit organizations. During emergencies, these partners support the City’s response activities in the Emergency Operations Center.

November 2015-                                                  ABC News 8 (WTNH)                                                 

                                                                             New Haven, CT

Medical Contributor “CT Style”,Good Morning Connecticut

On air contributor to health segments a lifestyle/entertainment magazine show following Good Morning America weekdays at 9 AM on WTNH ABC News Local Affiliate in Southern Connecticut

July 2016-October 2018          Turner Broadcasting (CNN HLN)                                

                                                 New York, NY

Medical Contributor HLN’s Nancy Grace Show/Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield

HLN (formerly Headline News) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. The channel is a spin-off of the U.S. Cable News Network. On air medical commentator on "Nancy Grace" (2005–present), a nightly news and current affairs show on HLN that focuses on crime and victim rights. Most discuss aspects of forensic and clinical medicine that pertain to individual cases in the headlines later contributing to medical/health related segments from a variety of current headlines often being called to go on air just hours before live broadcast

September 2013-January 2014           Bridgeport Hospital                         Bridgeport, CT

                                                          (Yale New Haven Health)

Internal Medicine Extern

With sponsorship from Dr. Stuart Zarich, chief of Department of Cardiology was placed on Internal Medicine team caring for patients. Assumed the responsibilities of following at least 2 patients from admission to discharge as well as helping resident physicians with their clinical duties. In addition presented cases at rounds and prepared medicine topics for group discussion. In addition joined regular didactic events with resident physicians. Helped to prepare abstract case report for American Thoracic Society conference.

Summer 2012-   Fall 2018                    New York, NY

NY Bureau Chief Correspondent

NY Based correspondent for RadioRounds, a nonprofit company that produces a weekly radio talk show that showcases the art behind the science of medicine. By exploring the diverse perspectives of medical students, physicians, patients, and health care leaders.Radio Rounds provides a unique voice for the medical community, representing current medical students, pre-medical students, practicing physicians and health care leaders.The goal of Radio Rounds has always been to be more than a weekly radio show aired in Dayton, Ohio. It is the aspiration of the founders that the radio program becomes nationally syndicated through a network of public radio distribution, such as National Public Radio (NPR) or Public Radio International (PRI). The showʼs co-founders are currently developing an affiliation with NPR affiliate stations such as WYSO 91.3FM. Produced own segments with prominent health care leaders such as members of production team of the Dr. Oz show, Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations

Fall 2007                         Autism Speaks                                 New York, NY

Science Ambassador & Volunteer

Elected Science Ambassador from the state of Connecticut to help further research and public awareness  of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Involved in being at Autism Speaks events and explaining current scientific advances to parents and general audience. Report directly to Autism Speaks executive board

Spring 2008                 Clinton Global Initiative                      New York, NY

Campus Representative Clinton Global Initiative University CGIU

Selected as Campus Representative to Clinton Foundation with focus on global health issues at St. Georges University International School of Medicine

Summer 2006     Charter Communications Community Television       Newtown,  CT

Medical Correspondent : “Local Edition”

Worked as a regular medical correspondent for Local Edition, a local program seen in 14 towns across northern Fairfield county in Connecticut.  Wrote and researched original stories ranging on a wide variety of medical topics of interest to the local community. Worked actively as on an on air correspondent as a volunteer.

Fall 2004-Spring 2005     Turner Broadcasting (CNN Medical Unit)   New York, NY

Medical News Intern/Medical News Contributor

Worked as an intern in CNN New York’s Bureau with Chief Medical Correspondent , Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Worked on segments for American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, Time Magazine and two CNN Specials. RU+ , a special on the HIV Virus and a special on the neurological basis of Memory.. Most recently worked on the CNN Global summit in 2006 “End of AIDS” featuring the the Global Clinton Initiative outreach to make AIDS drugs available around the world. In September 2006 the Neurological Basis of Memory special that was completed during internship is nominated for a Freddie award (The Emmy award equivalent for medical news pieces)

Spring 2002     College of the Holy Cross       Worcester, MA

Introduction to Physical Chemistry Teaching Assistant

Supervised first and second year students in laboratory. Graded pre-labs and assisted the set up of experiments that deal with second semester general chemistry.

1998-1999     College of the Holy Cross             Worcester, MA

Information Technology Assistant, Macintosh Specialist

Networking and basic computer tech support

Publications & Presentations:

    1.     Ali IY. (2007, May 10). HIV Associated Dementia Dopaminergic Neuronal Apoptosis and Future Implications for Clinical Intervention. New York Medical College Thesis Library.

     2.     Ali IY, Ullman JS, Safer Streets NYC at Elmhurst Hospital Center Oral Presentation, Dept of Neurosurgery Research Day 2013 (2013, May 22) at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

     3.     Alexander Amankwah, Angela Osiezagha, Anne Nsonwu, Imran Ali, Jessica Stelmaszek, Sherrie-Ann Young, Sweta Thakur, MPH Capstone Project (May 2016) Effectively Delivering Tuberculosis-Related Health Care and Emergency Services to Undocumented Immigrants in Queens, NY  

     4.     UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Battling Weight Loss in Dementia” January 2019

     5.     UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Hematological Malignancies in the Elderly” March 2019

     6.     UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Functional Status/Quality of Life Post Bone Marrow Transplant in the Elderly” May 2019

     7.     UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Bisphosphonates in Multiple Myeloma” June 2019

     8.     Abstract Accepted to American Geriatric Society: Functional and Cognitive Decline in Bipolar Disorder; A Prelude to Dementia (Case Report)

     9.     Ali, I. Y., Sarraf, S., Downey, R. J., Kim, S., Alexander, K., Grodzicki, B. K., & Shahrokni, A. (2019). NEUTROPHIL TO LYMPHOCYTE RATIO≥ 4 CORRELATES WITH 6-MONTH POSTOPERATIVE MORTALITY IN CANCER PATIENTS AGED> 75. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 10(6), S76.

     10.Abstract Accepted at Societé Internationale d’Oncologie Gériatrique (International Society of Geriatric Oncology) Neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio≥ 4 correlates with 6-month postoperative mortality in cancer patients age> 75. Integrative Oncology Geneva Switzerland November 2019

     11.UCONN Internal Medicine Morbidity and Mortality Conference “Peripheral Arterial Thromboembolic of New Onset Atrial Fibrillation” September 2019

     12.Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Special Topics in Geriatric Oncology Conference “Hearing at Risk in Older Adults Undergoing Chemotherapy” October 2019

     13.UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Cancer Related Delirium” November 2019

     14.UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “ Senior Health in the Digital Age” December 2019

     15.UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Optimizing the Older Adult For Bone Marrow Transplant” January 2020

     16.UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Glioblastoma in Older Adults” February 2020

     17.Selected to Moderate Symposium American Geriatric Society 2020 Annual Conference “Innovative and Clinically Feasible Tools to Screen for Frailty in Older Adults with Cancer”  

     18.UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Nursing Home Infection Control” March 2020

     19.UCONN Center on Aging Clinical Conference “Older Adults with Cancer in the Age of COVID-19” May 2020

     20.ABC News Does COVID-19 cause delirium? Doctors race to understand its impact on the brain,

     21. ABC News Older adults may bear most of the burden if coronavirus spreads

     22. ABC News Many aging doctors undergo memory tests to keep patients safe

     23.Coll, P. P., Korc-Grodzicki, B., Ristau, B. T., Shahrokni, A., Koshy, A., Filippova, O. T., & Ali, I. (2020). Cancer Prevention And Screening For Older Adults: Part 1. Lung, Colorectal, Bladder, And Kidney Cancer. Journal Of The American Geriatrics Society.

     24.Mohammed, T., Ali, I., & Desai, A. (2020). COVID-19 in Older Individuals with Cancer: Problem and Potential Solutions. Cancer Investigation, 1-7.

25. Ali, I., Bellizzi K., Mohammed, T., & Olson, E (2021). Examination of Neurocognitive Deficits in Older Adults With Melanoma and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treated With Immunotherapy and Implications for Symptom Burden, VA Medical Center Research Symposium, Spring 2021

26.     AKaur A, Pergolotti M, Battisti N, Krok-Schoen JL, Chien LC, Canin B, Malone MV, MacKenzie A, Ali I, Streck B, Shahrokni A. Healthcare providers' attitudes towards delay in cancer treatment during COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 2023 Jan 17:101438.

27.An Imperfect Science: How Older Adults Have Been Left Behind In Clinical Trials, Global Health Reporting Center March 2nd 2023,

28.Visualizing Veterans' Care: Understanding the Breadth of Older Veterans' Paid and Family Support Networks, Gerontological Association of America Presentenation November 2023

29.Franzosa E, Ali I. Visualizing veterans' care: understanding the breadth of older veterans' paid and family support networks.

Innov Aging. 2023 Dec 21;7(Suppl 1):462. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igad104.1521. PMCID: PMC10737226. (Presented at Gerontological Society of America Conference November 2023

Professional Organizations/Associate Positions:

American Medical Student Association,American Medical Association, National Association of Medical Communicators, International Radio and Television Society, South Asian Journalists Association, American College of Physicians ,Royal Society of Medicine (United Kingdom), American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Society of Geriatric Oncology, Member Cancer & Aging Research Group, National Cancer Institute Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment Consortium, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Consultant

Council Member True Health Initiative (Elected June 2017)

The True Health Initiative is a growing coalition of more than 250 world-renowned health experts, committed to cutting through the noise and educating on only the time-honored, proven principles of lifestyle as medicine. Coalition members include physicians, scientists, nutritionists and authors from nearly 30 countries.