Phone Line Dropped Calls

SIU Medicine's primary phone line, 217-545-8000, is experiencing intermittent dropped calls. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working to correct this issue as soon as possible.


SIU Med School Welcomes Neuro-Oncologist

Published Date:

Aug. 17 2016 - Ali Choucair, MD, has joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as a professor of neurology. He is also a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school's group practice, where he is director of the Neuro-Oncology Program at the SIU Neuroscience Institute. Choucair has 30 years of experience caring for patients with brain tumors.

"Our neuro-oncology program gives our patients the comprehensive, extraordinary care they need, including access to state-of-the-art clinical trials," Choucair said. "Our team approach stresses the importance of combining the best quality of care with emphasis upon preservation of patient's neurocognitive function and the quality of life for the patients and their caregivers."

Prior to coming to SIU, Choucair worked as a neuro-oncologist at Aurora Healthcare in Wisconsin, Norton Healthcare in Kentucky, Mayo Clinic Florida and Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He completed a fellowship in neuro-oncology at the University of California San Francisco Brain Tumor Research Center (1986). He completed a neurology residency at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City (1984). He completed an internal medicine residency at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1981). He received his medical degree from the University of Calgary School of Medicine in Alberta, Canada (1979). He earned a bachelor's degree at Rice University in Houston (1976).

Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, Society for Neuro-Oncology and numerous others.

More from SIU News

Valentine bear care at Doll Clinic

Doll Clinic offers children gentle guide to a doctor’s visit

The Doll Clinic is a community service that SIU Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program coordinates annually for SIU Head Start. The host sites alternate every year between Carbondale, Marion and Murphysboro. This year, morning and afternoon sessions were held at SIU Marion Head Start on February 8.
Dr. Shipra Somani with her daughters

SIU Medicine's Donor of the Year, Shipra Somani

Much of Shipra Somani’s life has been guided by the personal adage she quotes often: “If someone has good health and a good mind, they have a moral obligation to give back to people who are less