After completing his undergraduate medical training in Damascus, Manchester, Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Ali undertook early surgical training in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He then successfully completed the United Kingdom National Plastic Surgery Specialty Training as one of only 5 academic trainees in Plastic Surgery in London leading to the award of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS Plast) and Certification of Completion of Specialty Training (CCT). He is on the General Medical Council specialist register in plastic surgery and a full member of the United Kingdom Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
In addition to his UK training, Ali undertook international advanced specialty fellowships in Reconstructive Microsurgery (Seoul, South Korea) Aesthetic and Breast Reconstructive Surgery (Brussels, Belgium), Paediatric and Adult Maxillofacial Surgery (Paris, France & London, UK), Facial Aesthetic Surgery (Casablanca, Morocco & Miami USA), Paediatric Plastic Surgery (Toronto, Canada) and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as the holder of the prestigious International Fellowship Award of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Facelift (Dr C. Clark – Orlando and Dr T. Marten – San Francisco), Body Contouring and Regenerative Surgery (Dr S. Cohen San Diego), Aesthetic Oculoplastic Surgery (Dr M. Codner – Atlanta).
He is appointed senior clinical lecturer in plastic reconstructive aesthetic surgery at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon at the Phoenix Hospital Group and the Cranley Clinic in London. He is the Programme Lead for the Master of Science in Aesthetic Medicine and Reconstructive Microsurgery with an active research, teaching and supervisory role. His clinical practice is dedicated solely to aesthetic plastic surgery and his reconstructive work is focused on treating children and adults with complex deformities in low and middle income countries and war zones as part of various charities and organisations. He has travelled to teach and operate in this capacity in his native Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and India.