Dr. Imran Ali named Chair at the University of Toledo

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From the President of the AUPN

Dr. Imran Ali has been appointed Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Toledo. He takes over leadership of the department from Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, who has retired.

Dr. Ali received his M.B.B.S. graduate degree at the Aga Kahn University. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, West Virginia and his residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as the Chief Resident in his senior year. He also did a two year Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Fellowship at UNC. He is Board Certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. 

Dr. Ali has had a long-standing presence at The University of Toledo. Initially in 1996, Dr. Ali was employed as an Assistant Professor of Neurology. He was promoted in 2004 to Associate Professor with Tenure and to Professor in 2007. He served as Assistant Dean for Clinical Undergraduate Medical Education from 2006-2007, Associate Dean for Medical Education, Professionalism and Diversity from 2007-2014 and then Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He also served as Director of the Neurology Clerkship Program from 1996-2016 and is currently the Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and EEG Laboratory. Dr. Ali has served as Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education for the past three years and the Inaugural chair for the Department of Medical Education for the past two years.

Dr. Ali has been recognized as an outstanding teacher and has been the recipient of many teaching awards including the Deans Award for Teaching Excellence, multiple institutional Golden Apple Teaching Awards, as well as the AB Baker Teaching Award for outstanding teachers. Dr. Ali also received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award twice and was inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society. He has been instrumental in the development of innovative curriculum at the University of Toledo, including the complete overhaul of the first two year foundational science curriculum in 2017 and many new courses within the medical school including the Bridge to Clerkship course at the beginning of the third year and a Bridge to Internship Capstone course in the fourth year.

Dr. Ali has served in various leadership roles at a national level. He is the past chair of the Consortium of Neurology Clerkship Directors and also the past chair of the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. He has been a member of the AAN Education Committee and has extensive experience with CME course development and assessment. He has also been a member of the Neurology Residency Review Committee of the ACGME, where he has been involved in various standard settings projects and was instrumental in developing milestones in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology fellowships. Dr. Ali has been active in many other national organizations including American Epilepsy Society (AES) and American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS). He has also served on the USMLE Neurology Exam Writing Committee of the NBME.

Dr. Ali is currently serving as a Board Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), a prestigious appointment and oversees certification and continuing certification standards for all neurologists.

Dr. Ali’s clinical research interest is in therapeutics in epilepsy, bone health of patients with epilepsy and clinical medical education. He has been the Principal Investigator in many clinical trials and has published peer reviewed articles and book chapters related to epilepsy and medical education. 

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Imran in his new role and Dr. Tietjen on her retirement.

Robin Brey, MD
AUPN President 

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