Syed Ali Akbar, MD


Specialties and Services

Health Networks

  • University of Minnesota Physicians

Languages I Speak

  • English
  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi

Care Philosophy

Watching my grandmother struggle with cancer opened my eyes to the ever-lasting effects of disease. It also helped me understand and appreciate how necessary it is for those suffering from these diseases to have a strong support system, not only in the form of family, but also the doctors and nurses that treat them. It is the duty of a doctor to ensure an atmosphere of hope and to treat a patient with kindness and this is a duty I take most seriously.

With open lines of communication with their care team, a patient can better understand their unique situation and this can help them make difficult decisions that are necessary for their well-being. I believe in having a thorough and detailed dialogue with each of my patients to ensure they understand what they are facing and what options they have moving forward. This allows us to provide the patient with the best care possible.

Education, Training and Certifications

Medical Schools

  • Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Pakistan


  • University of Missouri, Columbia, MO


  • Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY - Hematology Oncology

Board Certifications

  • American board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology

Recognition and Leadership


  • Member American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Member American Society of Hematology

Academic Information

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine