Muhammad Sajawal Ali, M.D., M.S.

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

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Personal Statement

As an interventional pulmonologist, I specialize in minimally invasive techniques for diagnosing and treating a variety of pulmonary and pleural disorders. I helped start the robotic bronchoscopy program at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medicine. I am privileged to work with an exceptional team that has already made it one of the leading programs in the country. Robotic bronchoscopy has significantly improved the diagnostic yield and safety profile of lung biopsies.

I work as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprised of thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, oncologists, and radiologists. This facilitates making comprehensive treatment plans for patients with benign and malignant chest diseases. I take great pride in empowering my patients to actively engage in informed decision-making at all steps. Recent innovations in interventional pulmonology have made it possible to have more than one way to deal with complex clinical scenarios. Therefore, now it’s more important than ever to engage our patients and their loved ones so that we can devise plans that best fit patient preferences and values. My research is focused on studying the performance parameters of bronchoscopic and pleural procedures, to inform future innovations.

Biographical Info

Dr. Ali completed his medical degree at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County and obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Research from Rush University. He completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by an Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship at the Harvard University.

Honors and Awards

06/2022 Fellows’ Teaching Award 2021-2022 Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Michigan

06/2019 Best Teaching Fellow 2018-2019, Department of Medicine,  Medical College of Wisconsin

2013-2014  Clinical Skills and Scholarship Award, John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County

03/2014 Student Education Award John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County

08/2011   Best House Officer Award. Medical Unit-1, Jinnah Hospital, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore.

2009-2010 Begum Shafiqa Zia-ul-Haq Scholarship,  The Aga Khan University, Karachi

2008-2009 Begum Shafiqa Zia-ul-Haq Scholarship, The Aga Khan University, Karachi

2005       College Roll of Honor for GCE Advanced Level University College Lahore, Lahore

2003       College Roll of Honor for GCE Ordinary Level University College Lahore, Lahore

Board Certifications
American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (Interventional Pulmonology)
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease)
Clinical Expertise
Interventional Pulmonology
Endobronchial Ultrasound With Biopsy of Lymph Node of Mediastinum
Endobronchial Valve Placement
Bronchial Thermoplasty
Bronchoscopy With Biopsy
Tumor Ablation
Tracheoesophageal Fistula
Pulmonary Nodules
Lung Cancer
Critical Care
Medical Thoracoscopy
Rigid Bronchoscopy
Percutaneous Tracheostomy
Endobronchial Lung Volume Reduction
Pleural Effusion
  • M.S.
    Rush University
  • M.B.,B.S.
    Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi (Pakistan)
  • Assistant Attending Physician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine in Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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