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Dr. Ali is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He graduated with a BA in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and an MD from the Medical College of Ohio. He trained in Psychiatry at Cornell's Payne Whitney Clinic in Manhattan and completed the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia. He served as a Medical Director at NYU/Bellevue Hospital for five years and maintained a private practice in New York City. He came to Dallas to establish the Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship at UTSW as the Training Director, and helped establish the Center for Education and Research at Metrocare as the Academic Medical Director. He is currently at the Dallas VA, serving veterans and teaching UTSW medical students.


Cornell University (1994)
Medical School
University of Toledo (1999), Medicine


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The imam and the mental health of muslims: Learning from research with other clergy
Ali OM Journal of Muslim Mental Health 2016 1 10 65-73
Mental Illness Recognition and Referral Practices Among Imams in the United States
Ali OM, Milstein G Journal of Muslim Mental Health 2012 6 2
Addressing Mental Health Issues Among American Muslims in the Military
Ali O, Abu-ras W, Ansari B, Hamid H, Haque S, Mahmood O, Muhammad A, Naeem H, Nadir A 2010 Institute for Social Policy and Understanding


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Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Fellow
    American Psychiatric Association (2020)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Community Psychiatry (2004)
  • American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, New York Regional Chapter (2007-2008)
  • American Psychiatric Association (1995)
  • Muslim Mental Health, Inc. (2004)
  • North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (2013)
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (2010)