Ali Alattar, MD

  • PGY-2 Resident

Ali Alattar, MD, MAS, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July of 2019 after graduating from University of California San Diego School of Medicine. While at UCSD, Dr. Alattar invested in additional training in clinical and biomedical research and earned a Master’s of Advanced Studies in clinical research. Dr. Alattar studied biochemistry at Portland State University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science. 

During medical school, Dr. Alattar cultivated an interest in neuro-oncology outcomes, with special emphasis on the influence of extent of surgical resection on survival in large national oncology registries. He also studied a novel platform for diagnosis of glioblastoma, the most common form of primary brain cancer, using extracellular vesicles derived from samples of peripheral blood.

Dr. Alattar’s research interests include big data, cost-effectiveness, and applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to the analysis of large amounts of image, text, and genomic data. He hopes to contribute to new cancer registries, develop clinical decision support systems, and discover genetic risk factors and molecular subtypes of disease. 

Dr. Alattar was born, raised, and attended college in Portland, Ore. before moving to San Diego for medical school. In his free time, he enjoys reading novels, cooking, hiking, running, and weightlifting

Specialized Areas of Interest

Neuro-oncology, pediatric neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery, neurotrauma.

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Society for Neuro-Oncology

Education & Training

  • BS, Biochemistry, Portland State University, 2014
  • MAS, University of California San Diego, 2019
  • MD, University of California San Diego, 2019

Honors & Awards

  • Clinical Research Fellowship, UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2017-2018
  • National Institutes of Health Summer Research Training Grant, 2015
  • Summa Cum Laude, Portland State University, 2014
  • Award for Outstanding Performance in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry, 2011-13
  • Building Our Future Scholarship Award, 2010-11