Sadia Ali, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She serves as Chief of the Inpatient Endocrinology and Metabolism Service at Parkland Hospital and is a member of the hospital’s glycemic management team.

Dr. Ali earned her medical degree at Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan. She completed both an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

A general endocrinologist, Dr. Ali specializes in managing conditions that include diabetes; thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary disorders; and osteoporosis and other bone diseases caused by metabolic conditions. 

She is American Board of Internal Medicine certified, with subspecialty certification in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.

Before joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012, Dr. Ali served as staff endocrinologist with The Christ Hospital Medical Associates in Cincinnati.

She is a member of the Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, among other professional organizations. 

In 2019, Dr. Ali was named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star. She was also included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list numerous times. Additionally, her honors include winning the National Clinical Vignette Abstract Competition at the 2008 American College of Physicians Annual Meeting.

Meet Dr. Ali

Endocrinologist in Dallas

Hormones play a crucial role in regulating our most basic bodily functions, including metabolism, reproduction, and growth. When hormone-producing glands aren’t working properly, a number of serious conditions can develop, including diabetes.

UT Southwestern Medical Center endocrinologist Dr. Sadia Ali specializes in treating disorders related to these glands, which include the pancreas and the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands.

In her roles as chief of Parkland Hospital’s endocrinology and metabolism service and a member of the inpatient glycemic management team, Dr. Ali manages patients with a wide range of hormone-related conditions, both common and relatively rare.

These include Types 1 and 2 diabetes, as well as post-transplant diabetes; thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal diseases; bone diseases (including osteoporosis and osteopenia) related to metabolic disorders; complications of diabetes; steroid hyperglycemia; and thyroid disease in pregnancy.

A comprehensive approach and patient education are vital to successfully managing hormone-related conditions like diabetes and to preventing complications.

“Our team of physicians, nurses, and patient educators work together to help diabetic patients understand the disease and why treatment is critical, the importance of a proper diet, how their medications work, and how they need to take their medications,” Dr. Ali says. 

“We teach them how to do check their glucose levels, give themselves insulin injections, and perform other important parts of the diabetes care regimen.”

Dr. Ali also believes in empowering her patients.

“I like to help people learn something new during every visit – to put them in charge of managing their disease and preventing complications,” she says. “Managing diabetes is all about lifestyle, and we try to give patients the skills and the resources they need to do that because they’re the ones who have to live with it every day.

“I tell patients that I’d rather they take care of their diabetes than have their diabetes take care of them.”

Dr. Ali is fellowship trained and American Board of Internal Medicine certified, with subspecialty certification in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.

“I love what I do,” she says. “There’s no better feeling than helping people make positive changes and then seeing the results in terms of their health and quality of life.”

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan (1998-2003)
  • Fellowship - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (2006-2008), Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Residency - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (2005-2006), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (2009)
  • American College of Physicians (2005-2008)
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2022
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star 2019

Clinical Focus

  • Parathyroid & Thyroid Conditions

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Q&A by Dr. Ali