Ali completed his surgical training in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Great Ormond Street hospitals before successfully completing his National Plastic Surgery Specialty Training. As one of only 5 academic trainees in plastic surgery in London he went on to be awarded 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.
Ali has also completed his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology from University College London, working on molecular regulation of embryonic stem cells. He is one of a handful of plastic reconstructive surgeons with stem cell biology qualifications worldwide and has internationally lectured on his research in this innovative and promising branch of modern medicine: regenerative surgery.