Mir H. Ali, MD, PhD

Mir H. Ali, MD, PhD

Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. Ali is a Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who specializes in conservative, non-surgical and surgical treatment of neck and back disorders. Dr. Ali completed his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology in 2002, and then graduated from medical school with highest honors in 2004. Dr. Ali completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at the world renown Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 2009 and fellowship training in spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Ali joined Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in 2013 and created the Deerpath Spine Institute.

Dr. Ali is known in the medical community for his 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 the very last option and only believes in as little surgery as necessary to address the patient's condition.

Dr. Ali's philosophy is 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.

In his free time, Dr Ali enjoys spending time with his wife and six children, reading and bicycling. Dr. Ali sees patients at the Morris, Ottawa and Joliet offices of Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

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Clinical Practice

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon – Deerpath Spine Institute / Rezin Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

  • 7/1/2013 – present
  • Director, Deerpath Spine Institute
  • Specializing in conservative and surgical treatment of back and neck disorders
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • General Orthopedic Surgery
  • Interventional & Diagnostic Pain Management
  • Outpatient Clinic Locations:
    • Morris, IL
    • Ottawa, IL
    • Joliet, IL

Attending Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

  • Morris Hospital, Morris, IL
  • Deerpath Orthopedic Surgery Center, Morris, IL
  • Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mokena, IL
  • Preferred Surgery Center, Orland Park, IL

Society Memberships

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – Board Certified July 2012
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Society of Interventional Spine Physicians
  • Mid-American Orthopaedic Society

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon – OAD Orthopaedics / Cadence Physician Group

  • 8/1/2010 – 4/1/2013
  • Specializing in conservative and surgical treatment of neck and back disorders
  • Outpatient Clinic Locations:
    • Warrenville, IL
    • Naperville, IL
    • Glen Ellyn, IL
    • Carol Stream, IL

Attending Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

  • 8/1/2010 – 5/1/2013
  • Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL
  • Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL
  • DuPage Orthopedic Surgery Center, Warrenville, IL

Education

Rush University Medical Center – Midwest Orthopedics

  • Fellowship training in Spine Surgery – Completed July 2010
  • Rush University Medical Center/Midwest Orthopedics at Rush
  • Program Director: Howard S. An, M.D.
  • Program Co-Director: Frank S. Phillips, M.D.
    • Illinois State License: 036.122446

Mayo Clinic

  • Residency training in Orthopedic Surgery – Completed June 2009
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine – School of Graduate Medical Education
  • Residency Program Director: Arlen D. Hanssen, M.D.
  • Residency Advisor: Mark W. Pagnano, M.D.
  • Department Chair: Daniel J. Berry, M.D.
    • Board Eligible 9/2009; Board Certified: 7/2012; Expiration 12/2022
    • Successfully passed Part II of ABOS Certification Exam 7/2012
    • USMLE Scores: Step 3 = 227/94
    • 2007 OITE Score: 87th percentile
    • Minnesota State License #47601 – Expired 2011
    • Basic Life Support/Advanced Cardiac Life Support/Pediatric Advanced Life Support/Advanced Trauma Life Support Certifications
    • AAOS Clinician Scientist Development Program 2008
    • AOA/Zimmer Orthopaedic Resident Leadership Forum 2008
    • American Medical Association/Minnesota Medical Association

The University of Chicago

  • M.D. June 2004 – Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Ph.D. June 2002 – BSD / Department of Pathology
    Lab: Paul Schumacker, Ph.D. Dept. of Medicine – Pulmonary & Critical Care
    Thesis Title: Endothelial Responses to Environmental Stimuli: the Role of Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species in Response to Mechanical Strain and Hypoxia
  • USMLE Scores: Step 1 = 259/99 Step 2 = 246/99
  • Graduated with Honors
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • John Van Prohaska Award for outstanding potential in teaching, research, and clinical medicine
  • Association of Academic Surgery Student Research Award, for outstanding performance in research in the general field of surgery
  • Senior Scientific Research Symposium Participant
  • General Surgery Club
  • MD/PhD Students’ Advisory Committee
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine
  • American Medical Student Association
  • American Medical Association – Medical Student Section
  • Illinois State Medical Society & Chicago Medical Society
  • American College of Surgeons – Student member

The University of Chicago

  • B.A. June 1996 - Biological Sciences with Honors
  • Grade Point Average: 3.96 / 4.00 Science GPA: 3.97 / 4.00
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Illinois Chapter) in Junior Year of College
  • Student Marshal at The University of Chicago

Research / Publications

  • Characterization of Degenerative Human Facet Joints and Facet Joint Capsular Tissues

    Kim JS, MH Ali, F Wydra, HJ Im. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Jun 25. pii: S1063-4584(15)01217-0.

  • Long Term Outcome of Proximal Row Carpectomy – Minimum Fifteen Year Follow-up.

    Ali MH, M Rizzo, AY Shin, and SL Moran. Hand (NY);7(1):72-8. March 2012.

  • Donor-Site Complications of Autogenous Nonvascularized Fibula Strut-Graft Harvest for Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Arthrodesis—Experience With 163 Consecutive Cases

    Nassr, AN, MH Khan, MH Ali, MT Espiritu, SE Hanks, JY Lee, WF Donaldson, and JD Kang. Spine Journal; 9 (11):893-8. November 2009.

  • Inflammatory Laboratory Markers in Periprosthetic Hip Fractures

    Chevillotte CJ, MH Ali, RT Trousdale, DR Larson, RE Gullerud, and DJ Berry. J Arthroplasty; 24 (5):722-7. August 2009.

  • Variability in Hip Range of Motion on Clinical Examination

    Chevillotte CJ, MH Ali, RT Trousdale, and MW Pagnano. J Arthroplasty; 24 (5):693-7. August 2009.

  • The Microbiology and Risk of Infection Following Open Agricultural Upper Extremity Agricultural Injuries

    Ali, MH, NA Hoekzema, M Bakleh, AY Shin and DR Osmon. The Journal of Hand Surgery; 33 (1); 87-93. January 2008.

  • A Comprehensive Anesthesia Protocol That Emphasizes Peripheral Nerve Blockade for Total Knee and Total Hip Arthroplasty

    Hebl, JH, SL Kopp, MH Ali, TT Horlocker, JA Dilger, RL Lennon, BA Williams, AD Hanssen, MD and MW Pagnano. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American); 87: 63-70. 2005.

  • Stretch-induced Phosphorylation of Focal Adhesion Kinase in Endothelial cells: role of Mitochondrial Oxidants

    Ali, MH, PT Mungai, and PT Schumacker. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 291(1): L38-45. 2006.

  • Mitochondria are Required for Endothelial Responses to Cyclic Strain: Implications for Mechanotransduction

    Ali, MH, NS Chandel, DP Pearlstein, CE Mathieu, and PT Schumacker. Am J Physiol

    Lung Cell Mol Physiol 287(3): L486-96. 2004.

    SEE EDITORIAL: Waters. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 287(3): L484-5. 2004.

  • The Role of Mitochondrial Oxidant Generation in Endothelial Cell Responses to Hypoxia

    Pearlstein, DP, MH Ali, CE Mathieu, KL Hynes, BL Gewertz, and PT Schumacker.

    Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 22:566-573, 2002.

    SEE EDITORIAL: Warnholtz, et al. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 22:525-527, 2002.

  • Endothelial Permeability and IL-6 Production during Hypoxia: the Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Signal Transduction

    Ali, MH, SA Schlidt, NS Chandel, KL Hynes, PT Schumacker, and BL Gewertz. Am J Physiol 277:L1057-L1065, 1999.

  • Quenching of Reactive Oxygen Species Prevents Endothelial Permeability Changes during Hypoxia

    Schlidt SA, MH Ali, NS Chandel, KL Hynes, PT Schumacker, and BL Gewertz. Surgical Forum 49:343-344, 1998.

  • Prolonged Hypoxia Alters Endothelial Barrier Function

    Ali, MH, SA Schlidt, KL Hynes, BC Marcus, and BL Gewertz. Surgery 124: 491-497, 1998.

Current Research Projects

  • Effect of Osseous Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion with Vesuvius Corticocancellous Bone Fibers; a Retrospective Case Series Review

Academic Chapters & Reviews

  • Cervical Disc Herniation: Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion versus Replacement
    Ali, MH and FM Phillips. Best Evidence for Spinal Surgery. 1st Edition. Jandial, R and SR Garfin, Eds.
  • Cervical Spine Imaging in Trauma.
    Ali, MH, AN Nassr, ad JY Lee. The Cervical Spine, 5th Edition. Benzel, EC, Ed.
  • ‘Shockingly Low’ Fusion Rate for Patients with Early Implant-associated Infections
    Ali, MH and PM Huddleston. Orthopedics Today; 28(2); 63. February 2008.
  • Heterotopic Ossification about the Elbow
    Ali,MH and SP Steinmann. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice. Delee, Drez, and Miller, Eds.
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty
    Ali, MH and MW Pagnano. Minimally Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty. Hozack, WJ, Ed. 2007.
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement: Two-Incision Approach.
    Ali, MH and MW Pagnano. Journal of Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Monograph. 2006.
  • How I Manage Pain after Total Hip Arthroplasty.
    Pagnano, MW, MH Ali, TT Horlocker, and RL Lennon. Seminars in Arthroplasty. 2008.
  • Endothelial Responses to Mechanical Stress: Where is the Mechanosensor?
    Ali, MH and PT Schumacker. Crit Care Med; 30(5 Suppl):S198-206. Review. May 2002.

Research Presentations & Awards

  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
    Minneapolis, MN May 2009
    • Title: Long-Term Outcomes of Proximal Row Carpectomy: Fifteen Year Results
    • Title: Donor-Site Complications of Autogenous Nonvascularized Fibula Strut-Graft Harvest for Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Arthrodesis—Experience With 163 Consecutive Cases
    • Title: Analysis of Patellar Crepitus in Two Contemporary Posterior Stabilized Knee Designs
    • OREF and MOS Award: Best Clinical paper (Long-Term Outcomes of Proximal Row Carpectomy: Fifteen Year Results)
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
    Amelia Island, FLApril 2009
    • Title: Long-Term Outcomes of Proximal Row Carpectomy: Fifteen Year Results
    • Title: Analysis of Patellar Crepitus in Two Contemporary Posterior Stabilized Knee Designs
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Las Vegas, NVFebruary 2009
    • Title: Long-Term Outcomes of Proximal Row Carpectomy: Fifteen Year Results
    • Title: Analysis of Patellar Crepitus in Two Contemporary Posterior Stabilized Knee Designs
  • North American Spine Society
    Toronto, ONOctober 2008
    • Title: Clinical Outcomes in Early-Onset Spine Implant Associated Infections
  • The Knee Society
    Denver, COOctober 2008
    • Title: Analysis of Patellar Crepitus in Two Contemporary Posterior Stabilized Knee Designs
  • American Society of Surgery for the Hand
    Chicago, ILSeptember 2008
    • Title: Long-Term Outcomes of Proximal Row Carpectomy: Fifteen Year Results
  • Current Concepts in Joint Replacement
    Las Vegas, NVJune 2008
    • Title: Patellar Clunk is Gone, but Patellar Crepitus Persists
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
    Minneapolis, MNMay 2007
    • Title: Clinical Outcomes in Early-Onset Spine Implant Associated Infections
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
    Boston, MAApril 2008
    • Title: Long-Term Outcomes of Proximal Row Carpectomy: Fifteen Year Results
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
    Orlando, FLApril 2008
    • Title: Clinical Outcomes in Early-Onset Spine Implant Associated Infections
    • Title: Variability in Hip Range of Motion on Clinical Examination
    • Title: Does Higher Patient Activity Account for UKA Failures? A Note for High-Performance TKA Designs
    • Title: Inflammatory Laboratory Markers in Periprosthetic Hip Fractures
    • Award: MAOA Resident Travel Award
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    San Francisco, CAMarch 2008
    • Title: Inflammatory Laboratory Markers in Periprosthetic Hip Fractures
    • Title: Does Higher Patient Activity Account for UKA Failures? A Note for High-Performance TKA Designs
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
    Boston, MAOctober 2007
    • Title: Head to Head Comparison of Six Locking Tibial Plateau Plates
  • Musculoskeletal Infection Society
    San Diego, CAAugust 2007
    • Title: Clinical Outcomes in Early-Onset Spine Implant Associated Infections
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
    Minneapolis, MNMay 2007
    • Title: Patient-reported Activity Level after Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
    • Award: Best Overall Podium Presentation
  • Musculoskeletal Infection Society
    Lake Tahoe, CAAugust 2006
    • Title: The Microbiology of Upper Extremity Agricultural Trauma
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Chicago, ILMarch 2006
    • Title: The Microbiology of Upper Extremity Agricultural Injuries
    • Award: Best Presentation in Hand/Wrist category
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
    Minneapolis, MNMay 2005
    • Title: A Comprehensive Anesthesia Protocol That Emphasizes Peripheral Nerve Blockade for Total Knee and Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
    Amelia Island, FLApril 2005
    • Title: A Comprehensive Anesthesia Protocol That Emphasizes Peripheral Nerve Blockade for Total Knee and Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Chicago Signal Transduction Symposium
    Chicago, ILMay 2002
    • Title: Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species Mediate Changes in Endothelial Nitric Oxide Production during Cyclic Stretch
  • American Thoracic Society 2002: Pulmonary Vascular Symposium
    Atlanta, GAMay 2002
    • Title: Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species Mediate Changes in Endothelial Nitric Oxide Production during Cyclic Stretch
  • Experimental Biology 2002: Endothelial Cell Biology Symposium
    New Orleans, LAApril 2002
    • Title: Reactive Oxygen Species as Signaling Molecules in Hypoxia and Mechanical Strain
  • American Thoracic Society 2001: Endothelium Symposium
    San Francisco, CAMay 2001
    • Title: Mechanotransduction in Lung Endothelial Cells: Role of Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species in Signal Transduction
  • Experimental Biology 2001: Cellular Mechanotransduction Symposium
    Orlando, FLApril 2001
    • Title: The Role of Mitochondria in Mechanotransduction: Reactive Oxygen Species as Transducers of Cyclic Strain
  • American Thoracic Society 2000: Student Research Award – Endothelial Physiology
    Toronto, OntarioMay 2000
    • Title: Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species Mediate Changes in Endothelial Permeability and IL-6 Production during Prolonged Hypoxia
  • Experimental Biology 2000: American Physiological Society / Proctor & Gamble Professional Award – Cardiovascular Section
    San Diego, CAApril 2000
    • Title: A Novel Mechanism of Mechanotransduction: The Role of Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species as Transducers of Cyclic Strain
  • Lifeline Foundation: 1998 Student Fellowship Award
    Boston, MAMarch 1998
    • Title: Mitochondrial ROS Mediate Hypoxic Alterations in Endothelial Physiology
  • Lifeline Foundation: Forum on Vascular Disease
    Washington DCFebruary 1998
    • Title: Hypoxic Alteration of Endothelial Barrier Function is Mediated by IL-6
  • Society of Vascular Surgery/International Society of Cardiovascular Surgery
    Boston, MAJune 1997
    • Title: Prolonged Hypoxia without Reoxygenation Alters Endothelial Barrier Function
  • Chicago Vascular Society Research Forum
    Chicago, ILMay 1997
    • Title: Prolonged Hypoxia Alters Endothelial Barrier Function
  • American Medical Association National Medical Student Research Forum
    Galveston, TXApril 1997
    • Title: Prolonged Hypoxia Alters Endothelial Barrier Function
    • Award: Edward S. Reynolds Award for Research in Physiology
  • The University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine Research Forum
    Chicago, ILSeptember 1996
    • Title: Prolonged Hypoxia Alters Endothelial Barrier Function
    • Award: Outstanding Research Honor in Department of Surgery

Grants & Funding

  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Resident Award
    Mentor: Stephen A. Sems, MD
    Department Chair: Daniel J. Berry, MD
    March 2007 – March 2008
  • National Institutes of Health Training Grant in Growth and Development
    Administrator/Director: Nancy B. Schwartz, Ph.D.
    Department of Pediatrics and Biochemistry
    June 1998 – June 2004
  • National Institutes of Health Training Grant in Pulmonary Biology
    Administrator/Director: Julian P. Solway, M.D.
    Department of Medicine – Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
    November 2000 – November 2001
  • American Heart Association Student Research Fellowship
    Administrator/Director: Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D.
    Department of Surgery – Section of Vascular Surgery
    August 1997 – June 1998
  • Lifeline Foundation Student Research Fellowship
    Administrator/Director: Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D.
    Department of Surgery – Section of Vascular Surgery
    August 1996 – June 1997

Teaching Experience

  • K2M Clinical Educator
    Spine SurgerySeptember 2012 - present
  • Ross University School of Medicine: Visiting Professor
    USMLE Step 1 Course2004 – 2012
  • The University of Chicago: Instructor and Lecturer
    USMLE Step 1 Course2004
  • The University of Chicago: Teaching Assistant
    - General & Cellular Pathology1999 – 2001
    - Human Developmental Biology1996 – 2004
    - Human Morphology I1997
    - Regulation of Physiological Systems1996
    - Mammalian Biology1996
    - Cell & Molecular Biology1995 – 1996
  • The Princeton Review: Instructor
    USMLE Instructor1999 – 2004
    MCAT Instructor1997 – 2005
    Master MCAT Trainer (Biology, Verbal Reasoning) 1999 – 2007
    SAT II Science Master Tutor (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)2000 – 2002

Medical/Research Experience

  • Laboratory Research Fellow
    March 1996 – June 1998
    University of Chicago, William J. Danforth Laboratory, Department of Surgery: Used monolayer cell culture model to study the effects of prolonged hypoxia on endothelial permeability, cytokine production, and reactive oxygen species generation.
    Principal Investigator: Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D.
    Chairman, Department of Surgery
  • Clinical Research Assistant
    August 1995 – August 1996
    Wyler Childrens’ Hospital: Clinical study analyzed the predictors of development of sensorineural hearing loss in patients with Neurofibromatosis type I.
    Principal Investigator: M. Patricia Short, M.D.
    Department of Pediatrics and Neurology
  • Research Laboratory Technician
    April 1994 – August 1995
    Wyler Childrens’ Hospital: Performed organic acid analyses for clinical patients (via extraction and trimethylsilyation using gas chromatography) checking for abnormalities. Basic research consisted of determining whether or not hippocampal neurons utilized the Ω-oxidation metabolic pathway for fatty acid breakdown.
    Principal Investigator: James H. Tonsgard, M.D.
    Department of Pediatrics and Neurology
  • Research Laboratory Assistant
    June 1993 – April 1994
    The University of Chicago Hospitals’ Blood Bank: Assisted in a laboratory studying the BCL-2 14;21 translocation and the subsequent cellular processes responsible for causing B-cell lymphomas.
    Principal Investigator: Beverly W. Baron, M.D.
    Department of Pathology
  • Medical & Laboratory Assistant
    May 1992 – October 1992
    North American Emergency Medical Center, Downers Grove, Illinois

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