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Ali Abu-Alfa

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Contact Information

Ali Abu-Alfa, MD, FASN, FAHA

Mailing Address

  • Section of Nephrology

    PO Box 208029, 330 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8029

    United States


Dr Ali Abu-Alfa is a tenured Professor of Medicine, and Head of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is the Director for the Human Research Protection Program at AUB, and for Research Affairs at AUB Medical Center. He joined AUB in 2010 after spending 2 decades at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, USA, and remains an Adjunct faculty member at Yale in the Section of Nephrology.

He earned his MD degree from AUB in 1985, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern in 1990 and a fellowship in Nephrology at Yale in 1993. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine-Nephrology, is a certified hypertension specialist (AHSCP) and a Fellow of the American Heart Association and member of its hypertension council.

In December 2014, he launched and is serving as founding President of the Middle East Chapter of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis. He is currently the President for the Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension.

He is the Chair of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN)-Middle East Regional Board, and is an ISN council member. He is also the deputy-Chair of the ISN Renal Disaster Preparedness Workgroup and a member of the Continuous Medical Education Committee of the ISN. He completed a 3 years term as member of the KDIGO Executive committee in Dec 2018.

In addition to his strong engagement in regional and international nephrology circles, Dr Abu-Alfa’s continues to pursue his scientific interests in the areas of Peritoneal Dialysis, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), complex hypertension, Mineral and Bone Disorder in CKD, imaging issues in kidney patients including Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis and use of Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents. He is also very active in the sphere of research ethics, its regulatory and administrative frameworks, and protection of human subjects in research.

Education & Training

  • Specialist in Clinical Hypertension
    American Society of Hypertension (2015)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Clinical Research Study Design
    Yale University School of Medicine (1996)
  • Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (1993)
  • Resident
    Northwestern University Hospital (1990)
  • Fellow
    Northwestern University (1987)
  • BS
    American University of Beirut, Mathematics (1985)
  • MD
    American University of Beirut (1985)


  • PD for Acute Kidney Injury
    Cambodia 2009
    Training and Support
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
    Canada, United States 2008
  • Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis and Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents
    New Haven, United States 2007
    Chair, Annual Conference
  • Review, analysis and updating Dialysis and CKD programs
    Beirut, Lebanon 2004
    Sabbatical Leave
  • Update in Nephrology
    Kazan, Russia 2003
    Educational Course

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Department of Medicine Rambach award for best overall performance as a PGY1 traineeNorthwestern University Medical School1987

Professional Service

Yale Medical Group-Board of GovernorsClinical Information Systems Committee2009 - 2010
American Society of NephrologyDialysis Advisory Group2008 - 2009
Yale School of MedicineProgress Committee2007 - 2010
Yale New Haven HospitalSunrise Informatics Leadership Committee2006 - 2010
Yale New Haven HospitalPharmacy & Therapeutics Committee2006 - 2010
Yale UniversityYale Medical Professions Outreach Program for Yale undergraduate students interested in a shadowing experience2003 - 2008
American Society of NephrologyCommittee on Informatics2002 - 2004
Yale School of MedicinePhysican Associate Program1999 - 2008

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