SIU Med School Welcomes Neuro-Oncologist
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.