Murtuza “Zee” Ali is a native of New Orleans, and an alumnus of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. After medical school, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Stanford University and fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Boston University.
Upon completion of his training, he joined the faculty of LSU School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in 2013. In addition to a clinical practice in general and interventional cardiology, he teaches students, residents, and fellows who rotate with him on rounds or during angiography and angioplasty procedures. He holds a number of leadership positions in the educational mission of the school – with involvement at all levels of the medical education process. He also spearheads LSU’s collaborative quality improvement and patient safety initiatives aimed at teaching medical trainees the importance of these aspects of healthcare. In conjunction with colleagues within Internal Medicine and the Department of Pharmacology, he is involved in clinical research trials pertaining to heart failure, atherosclerosis and acute myocardial injury, and pulmonary hypertension.
In addition to roles at LSU, Zee chairs a statewide workgroup for the Louisiana Emergency Response Network tasked with creating an integrated system of care for heart attack patients across the state. The workgroup will facilitate optimizing care for the most time-critical types of cardiac emergencies, with the goal of improving access and outcomes for all Louisiana residents. He serves as a reviewer for various peer-reviewed publications, is a member of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Advisory Work Group, and serves on the American College of Cardiology’s ACTION Review and Publications Committee.