Meet Dr. Mujtaba Ali
Vascular Surgery Specialist in Dallas
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects one in three people who have diabetes and/or heart disease. More than half of the millions of Americans with PAD have no symptoms. Sometimes they brush off the symptoms they do have, which may include foot ulcers or pain in the legs when walking, as small annoyances or simply the result of being “out of shape.”
But such seemingly minor symptoms can be the tip of the iceberg – an indicator of a much bigger problem, says UT Southwestern vascular surgeon Mujtaba Ali, M.D. Over the years, untreated PAD causes severe blood vessel blockages in the lower extremities that can lead ultimately to loss of limbs – or even life.
Dr. Ali cares for patients with all types of vascular disease. His special areas of expertise include treating aortic aneurysms (enlargement or bulging of the aorta, the body’s largest blood vessel) and aortic dissections (tears of the aorta’s inner wall), as well as PAD.
Expert in the Latest Techniques
“In addition to standard ‘open’ surgeries for repairing and rerouting blocked blood vessels, we offer the latest minimally invasive endovascular and percutaneous techniques,” Dr. Ali says, adding that he also performs state-of-the-art “hybrid” approaches that combine open and endovascular techniques, which are complex procedures available only at select medical institutions such as UT Southwestern.
Dr. Ali, who has a bioengineering degree, was drawn to vascular surgery because of the discipline’s close relationship with mathematics and physics.
“There are specific principles of fluid dynamics at work in the body’s vascular system, and when you understand them, you can use those same principles to design appropriate therapies for patients,” he explains.
This highly specialized level of scientific understanding makes a critical difference for patients who have serious vascular conditions that are often not discovered until they are quite severe. Dr. Ali notes that the close collaboration he shares with UT Southwestern colleagues is an equally important feature of the care his team offers for people with vascular disease.
“We have a multidisciplinary team in place for every type of care a patient may need,” Dr. Ali says. “I work with podiatrists, physical therapists, internal medicine physicians, general surgeons, and specialists such as cardiologists, neurologists, and nephrologists to develop a plan of care that is precisely tailored to the condition, needs, and desires of each patient.”
A Patient Advisor and Educator
Dr. Ali says most of his patients are surprised to learn they have vascular disease.
“The news can be very frightening and cloud their thinking,” he says. “So I take time to discuss the diagnosis with not only the patient but family members, who can help the patient understand what is going on.”
“After a patient has received the diagnosis and a recommendation for treatment, I counsel him or her again and give the patient time to make decisions about his or her own health care,” Dr. Ali adds. “We respect the wishes of the patient and the family as we work to achieve the best possible outcomes.”