Ather Ali, ND, MPH, MHS

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Medicine (General Medicine); Director, Yale Adult and Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinic; Medical Director of Integrative Medicine, Smilow Cancer Hospital

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Faculty Research

Integrative Medicine at Yale

Obesity Research Working Group


Dr. Ali was Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Medicine (General Medicine) at the Yale School of Medicine and Director of the Yale Adult and Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinic, and Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

His clinical practice focused on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, including non-pharmacologic approaches to pain and functional somatic syndromes.

He was principal investigator of clinical and translational studies in fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerance, nutritional interventions, diagnostic tests, the human microbiome, and integrative medicine outcomes, with support from federal, foundation, and industry sources. He was a founding Director of Integrative Medicine at Yale. He had degrees and formal training in psychobiology, naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine, clinical trials, nutrition, clinical epidemiology, public health, health services research, community-based research, and leadership.

We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Dr. Ather Ali, assistant professor of pediatrics. Ather was an incredible man who was deeply committed to his family and to his patients. He inspired his colleagues and friends with his continued persistence and devotion to launch integrative medicine services throughout Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine. In 2016, he created the Integrative Medicine Program at Smilow, providing our patients with access to comprehensive services during their treatment. One of the few hospital-based, integrated programs in the country, we will be sure to continue to honor Ather’s vision for integrative medicine.

Ather joined the Department of Pediatrics in 2008 and was an extraordinary colleague. He embraced holistic medicine and made major advances in the use of alternative therapies to help those in need. He was viewed as a national and international figure in the field of Integrative Medicine. He was also a skilled and highly effective educator. From medical students to junior faculty, Ather provided guidance and encouragement that was deeply sincere.

Ather touched the lives of so many including his patients, staff, nurses, and physicians with his warm and unwavering positive outlook. He will be dearly missed by all.

For the past six months, he battled cancer which unfortunately took his life. He is survived by his loving wife, Sumiya, his children Rayhan and Yasin, and parents Faiz and Akbar.

Please join us in extending our deepest sympathies to his family. Information on a memorial service will be shared within the Department of Pediatrics in the coming days.


Robert J. Alpern, MD

Dean and Ensign Professor of Medicine

Clifford W. Bogue, MD

Professor and Chair, Pediatrics

Yale School of Medicine

Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH

Director, Yale Cancer Center

Education & Training

MHS Yale University, Patient-Oriented Research (2014)
MPH Yale University, Chronic Disease Epidemiology (2006)
ND Bastyr University, Naturopathic Medicine (2003)
BS University of California at Los Angeles, Psychobiology (1997)
Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare Duke University
Community Research Scholar Yale Center for Clinical Investigation
Health Research and Health Policy Training Associate Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program
NIH/NRSA Fellowship Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center
Resident - Integrative Medicine Griffin Hospital

Honors & Recognition

  • Visiting Fellow/Scholar, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine,University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Health (2016)

  • Ministry of Health, Republic of TurkeyDepartment of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine Practices (2015)

  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)NIH/NCCAM (2012)

  • Pediatric Faculty Scholars ProgramYCCI/CTSA (2009)

  • Loan Repayment Program, Extramural Clinical ResearchNIH/NCCAM/NIAMS (2008)

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)NIH/NCCAM (2005)

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