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Zarina S. Ali, MD

Zarina S. Ali, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Dr. Ali is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Absent Vertebrae
  • Accessory Nerve Injury
  • Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Acoustic Neuroma Removal
  • Acromegaly
  • Anaplastic Astrocytoma
  • Anaplastic Ependymoma
  • Anaplastic Mixed Glioma
  • Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma
  • Aneurysms
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Temporal Lobectomy
  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Aqueductal Stenosis
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Arterial Malformation of the Brain
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Lumbar Spine
  • Astrocytic Cancer
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Auditory Brainstem Implant
  • AVM Embolization
  • Awake Craniotomy
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Surgery
  • Benign Neoplasm of Brain
  • Berry Aneurysm
  • Biological Enhancement of Spinal Fusion
  • Biopsy of the Brain
  • Biopsy of the Skull
  • Bone Cyst
  • Bone Growth Stimulator
  • Bone Tumors
  • Brachial Nerve Tumors
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brain Cancer Genomics
  • Brain Laceration
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Bleeding
  • Brain Tumors
  • Broken Coccyx
  • Bulging Disc
  • Burr Hole
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis
  • Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Central Venous Stenosis
  • Cerebellar Tumor
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebral Angiogram
  • Cerebral Angiogram with Aneurysm Embolization
  • Cerebral Angiogram with Coiling
  • Cerebral Angiogram with Stenting
  • Cerebral Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Cerebral Cyst
  • Cerebral Decompression
  • Cerebral Edema
  • Cerebral Hernia
  • Cerebral Revascularization
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Cerebrovascular Bypass Surgery
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Revision Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Fracture
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Steroid Injection
  • Chiari Decompression
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chordoma
  • Choroid Plexus Tumor
  • Cingulotomy
  • Clipping of Brain Aneurysm
  • Clivus Chondroma
  • CNS Lymphoma
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Common Carotid Artery Embolization
  • Complex Spinal Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Compression Fractures
  • Congenital Malformation of the Spine
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Cordotomy
  • Corpus Callosotomy Surgery
  • Cortical Mapping
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Cranial Nerve Palsy
  • Cranial Nerve Repair
  • Cranial Puncture
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniocele
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniotomy
  • CSF Shunt Removal
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Deep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia
  • Deep Brain Stimulation while Asleep
  • Deep Brain Stimulation while Awake
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Dural Based Tumor
  • Dural Sinus Thrombosis
  • Dystonia
  • EGFR Translocation
  • Electrocorticography
  • Embryonal Cell Tumors of the Brain
  • Embryonal Tumors
  • Encephalocele Repair
  • Endodermal Sinus Tumor
  • Endonasal Transsphenoidal Approach
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approach
  • Endoscopic Fusion
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy
  • Ependymoma
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epidural Hemorrhage
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Erdheim-Chester Disease
  • Essential Tremor
  • Evaluation for Epilepsy Surgery
  • Extradural Abscess
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Facial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Spasm
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Fibrillary Astrocytoma
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Flow Diversion for Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Foot Drag
  • Gamma Knife
  • Gamma Knife Perfexion
  • Ganglioglioneurocytoma
  • Ganglioma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Ganglioneurocytoma
  • Germ Cell Tumors
  • Germinoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Growing Rods
  • Head and Neck Osteoma
  • Head Reconstruction
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Hemispherectomy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hypothalamic Hamartoma
  • Image Guided Biopsy of the Spine
  • Injury of Optic Chiasm
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Intracranial Arterial Bypass
  • Intracranial Arterial Occlusion
  • Intracranial Hemangioma
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Hypotension
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Intraoperative MRI
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Intraventricular Endoscopy
  • Intraventricular Tumor
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma (JNA)
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
  • Leptomeningeal Disease
  • Lesion of Median Nerve
  • Lesion of Popliteal Nerve
  • Lesion of Posterior Tibial Nerve
  • Lesion of Sciatic Nerve
  • Lesionectomies
  • Lesionectomy
  • Lhermitte-Duclos Disease
  • Lipomyelomeningocele
  • Lobectomy of Brain
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Drain
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Fracture
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Spinal Injury
  • Lumbar Spinal Mass
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Tumor
  • Lumbar Stress Fracture
  • Lumboperitoneal Shunt Placement
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesion
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Malignant Neoplasm of the Brain Stem
  • Malignant Neoplasm of the Cerebellum
  • Malignant Neoplasm of the Frontal Lobe
  • Malunion Fracture of the Spine
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Medulloepithelioma
  • Meningioma
  • Meningocele
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microneurosurgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Moyamoya
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Myxopapillary Ependymoma
  • Neck Masses and Lumps
  • Neck Tumors
  • Needle Biopsy of Brain
  • Needle Biopsy of Cerebral Meninges
  • Neoplasm of Brain Stem
  • Nerve Sheath Tumor
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neurocutaneous Disorders
  • Neuroectodermal Tumor
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 2
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neurointerventional Biplane Angiography System
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Neuronal Glial Tumors
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Occipito-Cervical Fusion
  • Olfactory Neuroblastoma
  • Oligoastrocytoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Open Biopsy of the Brain
  • Optic Nerve Decompression
  • Optic Nerve Glioma
  • Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma
  • Optic Nerve Surgery
  • Orbital Nerve Decompression
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis of the Spine
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinson's Surgery
  • Percutaneous Trigeminal Rhizotomy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Tumors
  • Peripheral Schwannoma
  • Periventricular Lesion
  • Periventricular Mass
  • Personal History of Malignant Neoplasm of Brain
  • Petrous Apex Tumor
  • Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Pineal Gland Parenchymal Tumor
  • Pineal Tumor
  • Pineoblastoma
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Brain Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rathke's Cleft Cysts
  • Repair of Brain
  • Resection of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Revision of Spinal Surgery
  • Rhizotomy
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Ruptured Brain Aneurysm
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
  • Scheuermann Disease
  • Scheuermann's Kyphosis
  • Schwannomatosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma
  • Skull Base Approach
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Disorder
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Embolization
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Mass
  • Spinal Meningioma
  • Spinal Microsurgery
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tethering for Scoliosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Spongioblastoma
  • Standard Transsphenoidal Approach
  • Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
  • Stereotactic EEG
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subcaudate Tractotomy
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma
  • Subpial Transection
  • Superior Canal Dehiscence
  • Surgery for Sciatica
  • Surgery for Spasticity
  • Surgical Treatment of Myelopathy
  • Sympathectomy
  • Syringobulbia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Temporal Tumor
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spinal Fracture
  • Thoracic Spinal Fusion
  • Thoracic Spinal Injury
  • Thoracic Spinal Mass
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spinal Tumor
  • Topectomy
  • Transnasal Repair CSF Leak
  • Transpetrosal Approaches
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorders
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulator
  • Vagal Stimulation
  • Vascular Brain Tumors
  • Vascular Malformations of the Brain
  • Vascular Malformations of the Spine
  • Vein of Galen Malformation
  • Venous Malformation Brain
  • Ventricular Shunt
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Ventriculocisternostomy
  • Ventriculostomy
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebral Stapling
  • Visualase MRI-Guided Laser Ablation
  • X-Stop Surgery
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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 Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • 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

Memberships

AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science, National AANS/CNS Section on Women in Neurosurgery (WINS), National 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 Penn Faculty Pathways Program I & II, Local 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 University of Pennsylvania Health System Opioid Task Force, Local 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.

Research

Selected Publications:

Flanders TM, Joshi DS, Maloney E, Pessoa R, Rupich K, Kallan MJ, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Marcotte PJ, Grady MS, MD, Welch WC, Ali ZS: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Reduces Postoperative Opioid Use in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Spinal Surgery Poster Presentation at The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA : 2019.

Ali ZS: CNS Case of the Month: 28-year old with gunshot wound to right upper extremity The Congress of Neurological Surgeons : 2019.

Ali ZS, Ifrach J, Zager EL: CNS Nexus case: 28-year-old with gunshot wound to right upper extremity The Congress of Neurological Surgeons : 2019.

Berger I, Piazza M, Sharma N, Glauser G, Osiemo B, McClintock SD, Lee JYK, Schuster JM, Ali Z, Malhotra NR: Evaluation of the Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool for Postoperative Disposition Needs After Cervical Spine Surgery Neurosurgery : 2019.

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 ZS: 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.

Zadnik PS, Flanders TM, Maloney EW, Yu C, Pessoa R, Rupich K, Kallan MJ, . Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Marcotte PJ, Grady MS, Welch WC, Ali ZS: 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.

Flanders TM, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Leszinsky L, McShane B, Rupich K, Joshi D, Kallan MJ, Fleisher LA, Ashburn MA, Welch WC, Ali ZS: Multimodal pain management within enhanced Recovery After surgery (ERAS) in Spinal and Peripheral Nerve Surgery American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2019 Annual Meeting San Diego, CA : 2019.

Pessoa R, Costello, L, Tambe U, Gardiner D, Rushanan S, Joshi D, Cooper J, Maloney E, Malhotra N, Ozturk A, Grady MS, Welch WC, Ali ZS: 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.

Agarwal P, Mallela A, Abdullah K, Ali ZS, Ozturk AK, Malhotra N, Schuster J, Chen I: Liver disease is an independent predictor of poor 30-day outcomes following surgery for degenerative disease of the cervical spine The Spine Journal 19 (3): 448-460,2019.

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Academic Contact Info

801 Spruce Street, 3rd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 829-6700
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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