Mr Ali obtained his medical qualification with distinction from the University of Cambridge in 2008 and went on to complete a PhD focusing on the immune response to transplanted organs, earning several prestigious research prizes along the way, including the Surgical Research Society: Patey Prize.

He undertook his specialist cardiothoracic surgical training at Royal Papworth Hospital and was appointed to a Locum consultant post in 2022, and substantive post in 2023.

Mr Ali also holds a Master’s in Medical Education and has several active roles in the field.  He is a Fellow and Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine for Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He also holds various teaching and examining roles for the Clinical School of Medicine. In recognition to his dedication to student education he was appointed as the Clinical Subdean for Royal Papworth Hospital. In this crucial role, he leads the medical student education program, guiding and shaping the learning experiences of future doctors. 

Mr Ali also actively contributes to the advancement of medical knowledge through his extensive research endeavours. With over 120 peer-reviewed publications to his name, he has made significant contributions to the field. His influence extends to editorial roles, where he serves as a valued member of the editorial board for the Journal of Thoracic Disease. One of his notable projects is his leadership role as Co-Lead on the EuroSCORE III project. This initiative is focused on developing the cardiac surgical risk calculator which already holds international significance.

In 2023, he was appointed as the Student Education Co-Lead for the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery. In this influential position, he leads the INSINC medical student committee, driving a dynamic program of activities aimed at enhancing medical student engagement with cardiothoracic surgery across the UK.

His commitment and dedication to training and education of staff and students was recognised with the prestigious Royal Papworth Learning and Development staff award in 2023, which he was also awarded in 2018.

Specialist Clinical Interests
  • Coronary artery surgery
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Aortic surgery
Research Interests
  • Improving outcomes following cardiac surgery
  • Mortality and Quality of Life Risk prediction following cardiac surgery
  • Developing EuroSCORE 3 (
  • Associate Editor for the Best Evidence Topic Section of the journal: Interdisciplinary CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS)
Education and Training
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) 2005 – University of Cambridge
  • Master of Arts (MA) 2008 – University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB BChir) 2008 – University of Cambridge
  • Masters in Medical Education (MA MedEd) 2014 – University of Bedfordshire
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2015 – University of Cambridge
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS CTh) 2021
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • General Medical Council
  • Member of the Society for Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)
  • Member of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS)
  • Fellow and Lecturer in Medicine and Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine at Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • Clinical Subdean for Royal Papworth Hospital, University of Cambridge
  • Medical Education Leaders UK
Recent and Important Publications

Fazmin IT, Ali JM. Prosthesis-Patient mismatch and aortic root enlargement: indications, techniques and outcomes. Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease. 2023 Sep 1;10(9):373. doi: 10.3390/jcdd10090373

Nashef SAM, Ali JM. Artificial Intelligence and Cardiac Surgery Risk Assessment. European Journal of CardioThoracic Surgery 2023 Jun 1;63(6):ezad226. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezad226

Purmessur R, Wijesena T, Ali JM. Minimal-access coronary revascularisation: Past, Present and Future. Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease. 2023 Jul 31;10(8):326. doi: 10.3390/jcdd10080326

Pandey I, Pai S, Purmessur R, Kappeler R, Ali JM. Kytococcus schroeteri: an emerging cause of prosthetic valve endocarditis. Infectious diseases in clinical practice 2023 In Press

Bakr L, Ali JM. Removal of stuck tunnelled dialysis line requiring cardiopulmonary bypass and venous repair. Journal of Vascular Access 2023. In Press

Senage T, Gerrard C, Moorjani N, Jenkins DP, Ali JM. Early postoperative bleeding impacts long-term survival following first-time on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Journal of Thoracic Disease. 2021 Oct;13(10):5670-5682. doi: 10.21037/jtd-21-1241

Ali JM, Y Abu-Omar. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery – a Fad or the Future? Journal of Thoracic Disease 2021 Mar;13(3):1882-1885

Sumal AS*, Ali JM*, Kyriacou H, Tuttle C, Moorjani N. Aortic valve replacement in patients over 60: Real world surgical outcomes.  Journal of Cardiac Surgery. 2021 Apr;36(4):1468-1476. doi: 10.1111/jocs.15353

Messer S, Cernic S, Page A, Berman M, Colah S, Ali JM, Pavlushkov E, Baxter J, Quigley R, Osman M, Nachum E, Parameshwar J, Abu-Omar Y, Dunning J, Goddard M, Bhaghra S, Cheshire C, Lewis C, Kydd A, Sudarshan C, Pettit S, Ali A, Jenkins D, Tsui S, Hall R, Catarino P, Large SR. 5-Year Single Centre Early Experience of Heart Transplantation From Donation After Circulatory Determined Death (DCD) Donors. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2020 Dec;39(12):1463-1475. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2020.10.001

Fazmin IT, Rafiq MU, Nashef S, Ali JM. Inferior outcomes following cardiac surgery in patients with a functioning renal allograft. Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery 2021 Jan 22;32(2):174-181. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivaa245

Karunanantham J*, Ali JM*, Evans NR, Webb S, Large SR. Impact of stroke on outcomes following cardiac surgery: Propensity matched analysis. Journal of Cardiac Surgery. 2020 Nov;35(11):3010-3016. doi: 10.1111/jocs.14964 [*Joint first authors]

Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network, National Cardiac Benchmarking Collaborative, Public Health England. National Survey of Variations in Practice in the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections in Adult Cardiac Surgery, United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2020 Dec;106(4):812-819. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.09.016

Ali JM, Gerrard C, Clayton J, Moorjani N. Haemostasis checklist reduces bleeding and blood product consumption following cardiac surgery. Annals of thoracic surgery. 2019 Apr 1;55(4):729-736. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezy362

 Ali JM, Vuylsteke A. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation - indications, technique and contemporary outcomes. Heart 2019 Apr 30. pii: heartjnl-2017-311928. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2017-311928.

A full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar