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Zarina S. Ali, MD

Zarina S. Ali, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital

Dr. Ali is employed by Penn Medicine.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI)
  • Brachial Plexus Tumor
  • Brain Tumors
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Gamma Knife
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Radiosurgery
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Surgery

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Association of Neurological Surgeons, National American Association of Neurological Surgeons-CNS Joint Spine Section Media Committee, National American Medical Association, National American Society for Peripheral Nerve, National Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, National Group on Women in Medicine and Science, National Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Local Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women, Local UPHS Opioid Task Force, Local Women in Neurosurgery, National World Federation of Neurosurgery, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ali is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Caplan IF, Zadnik P, Glauser G, Ali ZS, O'Rourke DM, Kung DK, Choudhri O, Osiemo B, Goodrich S, McClintock SD, Malhotra NR: The LACE+ index as a predictor of 30-day readmission in a brain tumor population American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2019 Annual Meeting San Diego, CA : 2019.

ali, Z.S.: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Reduces Length of Stay and Postoperative Opioid Use in Patients with Mental Health Disorders Undergoing Spinal Surgery 2019 Annual Congress of Enhanced Recovery And Perioperative Medicine : 2019.

Patricia Zadnik Sullivan, MD, Tracy M. Flanders, MD, Eileen Maloney, ACNP, Claire Yu, Rachel Pessoa, MSN, CRNP, Kristin Rupich, MSN, Michael J. Kallan, MS, Ali K. Ozturk, MD, Neil R. Malhotra, MD, Paul J. Marcotte, MD, M. Sean Grady, MD, William C. Welch, MD, Zarina S. Ali, MD: Efficacy of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Pathway in Elderly Patients Undergoing Spinal Surgery Poster Presentation at the 2019 Annual Congress of Enhanced Recovery and Perioperative Medicine Washington, DC : 2019.

Rachel Pessoa, MSN, CRNP, Lauren Costello, LCSW, CCM; Ujwala Tambe, MSN, RN; Diana Gardiner, DNP, CRNP; Scott Rushanan, MS, OTR/L, MBA; Disha Joshi, BS; Jessica Cooper, MS; Eileen Maloney, MSN, CRNP; Neil Malhotra, MD; Ali Ozturk, MD; M. Sean Grady, MD; William Welch, MD; Zarina Ali, MD: Accuracy of RAPT Score in Predicting Discharge Disposition in Elective Neurosurgical Spine Patients Within an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program Poster Presentation at the ASER 2019 Washington, DC : 2019.

Zarina S. Ali, MD; Kevin D. Browne, BS; Kritika S. Katiyar, BS; Justin C Burrell, MS; Franco A. Laimo, MD; C. Joseph Maggiore, MD; Foteini Mourkioti, MD; D. Kacy Cullen, PhD: Transplanted Tissue Engineered Axonal "Living Scaffolds" Preserve Regenerative Capacity for Muscle Re-innervation Following Peripheral Nerve Injury ASPN 2019 Palm Desert, CA : 2019.

Brendan J. Mcshane, BA, Patricia Zadnik Sullivan, MD, Rachel A. Pessoa, MSN, CRNP, Diana Gardiner, MSN, CRNP, Zarina S. Ali, MD: Text Messaging to improve patient compliance and satisfaction through Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways 2018 ERAS USA 2nd Annual Congress New Orleans, LA : 2018.

Tracy M. Flanders, MD, Ali K. Ozturk, MD, Neil R. Malhotra, MD, Brendan J. Mcshane, BA, Michael J. Kallan, MS, M. Sean Grady, MD, William C. Welch, MD, Zarina S. Ali, MD: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) decreases postoperative opioid use in elective spinal and peripheral nerve surgery – a single institution, one-year study The American Academy of Neurological Surgery Palm Beach, FL : 2018.

Rupich K, Cappelloni M, Missimer E, Gardiner D, Pessoa R, Abbo A, Welch W, Ozturk A, Ali ZS: Nursing Efforts in Spine and Peripheral Nerve Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Pathway Implementation and Outcomes AANS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA : 2018.

Ali ZS, Flanders TM, Leszinsky L, McShane B, Gardiner D, Ozturk A, Malhotra N, Schuster J, Marcotte P, Grady MS, Welch WC: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) improves postoperative mobilization and ambulation in elective spinal and peripheral nerve surgery AANS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA : 2018.

Rupich K, Missimer E, Ali ZS: The Development and Implementation of a Pain Management Protocol in Postoperative Spinal Surgery Patients as part of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Pathway American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA : 2018.

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Academic Contact Info

801 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 829-6700
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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