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Dr Khalid Ali

Dr Khalid Ali

Dr Khalid Ali (MBBS, FRCP, MD)

Reader in Geriatrics
T: +44 (0)1273 523360
Location: Audrey Emerton Building, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE

DA: Janice Makonnen

T: +44 (0)1444 441881 x8275

Areas of expertise: Hypoxia in acute stroke; vascular compliance measurements in stroke and transient ischaemic attacks; blood pressure management in primary care; rehabilitation of stroke and medication related harm in older people

Research areas: Elderly care and stroke


Dr Khalid Ali is a senior lecturer in Geriatrics and stroke medicine n BSMS, and a consultant geriatrician at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Haywards Heath. Dr Ali is the Ageing specialty research lead in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, Clinical Research Network (KSS-CRN) and Champion of Personalised Medicine representing the UK Ageing Research group as well as a member of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party in the UK. He was a Visiting Professor at Weill Cornell University and the Liz Claiborne Centre for Humanism in Medicine, New York in October 2016. His academic roles include being the academic secretary for the Cardiovascular Section of the British Geriatrics Society), and the scientific abstracts editor in Age and Ageing Journal. He was a Member of the “Rehabilitation after Stroke Guidelines” Development Group (GDG): a joint document that was commissioned by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in London, with Guidelines published in June 2013.  

Dr Ali has a long standing interest in ‘Medical Humanities’ and now works as the film and media correspondent for ‘Medical Humanities BMJ’. In November 2018 he published his book ‘The Cinema Clinic: Reflections on film and medicine’ to great critical reception. Along with clinical and academic colleagues, he founded the first Arab Forum for Medicine in Film ‘Egypt Medfest’ in January 2017 which delivered 3 editions in Egypt, and toured internationally in Tunisia, New York (Weill Cornell), and London (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists).   

He was nominated for Sussex Research Impact Awards- 2015 for ‘Championing well-being in old age through creative research and networking’.


His research interests focus on medication-related harm in older people; he was the chief investigator for the PRIME (Predicting medication-related harm in older people post hospital discharge) study funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The study recruited 1,280 patients, and resulted in major publications in high impact journals. Dr Ali continued his research in stroke rehabilitation by exploring novel mechanisms of enhancing therapy intensity in stroke survivors in rehabilitation units; currently he is the chief investigator for ‘ASTAR’ study (An Upper Limb Training Study for Stroke Survivors in a Rehabilitation Unit). Most recently his research interests expanded to include qualitative methodology; he is currently the chief investigator for a study exploring the benefits of ‘audio-biography’ for older people receiving hospice care.


  • Academic tutor for year 1 BSMS students, 2005/07.
  • Clinical tutor for year 3 BSMS students, 2008/10.
  • BSMS open day facilitator since 2005 - Present.
  • OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), CBD (Case-based Discussion) examiner for year 3, and 5 at BSMS since 2005 - Present.
  • IRP (Individual research Projects) supervisor since 2007-Present.
  • Module 306 Lecturer: introduction to Geriatrics, stroke, confusion in the elderly, and diet and nutrition in older people since 2006 - Present.
  • MCQ (Multiple choice questions), SBA (Single best answer), EMQ (Extended matching question) writing and setting standards since 2005/07.
  • Mitigating circumstances committee member since 2009 – Present.
  • Academic F1 (Foundation year 1) interviews for BSMS year 1 applicants since 2007 - Present.
  • Teaching role and supervision in ward rounds, and outpatient clinics since 2005 – Present.
  • Panel member of the Chris Bulpitt Prize award committee for ageing research for undergraduate medical students.
  • Internal examiner for MD and PhD degrees at University of Sussex, and others in the UK such as University of East Anglia.

Selected publications

Parekh, Nikesh, Ali, Khalid, Davies, John Graham, Stevenson, Jennifer M, Banya, Winston, Nyangoma, Stephen, Schiff, Rebekah, van der Cammen, Tischa, Harchowal, Jatinder and Rajkumar, Chakravarthi (2019) Medication-related harm in older adults following hospital discharge: development and validation of a prediction tool. BMJ Quality and Safety. pp. 1-12. ISSN 2044-5423

Perekh, Nikesh, Ali, Khalid, Davies, J Graham and Rajkumar, Chakravarthi (2019) Do the 2015 Beers Criteria predict medication-related harm in older adults? Analysis from a multicentre prospective study in the United Kingdom. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. ISSN 1053-8569

Scutt, Greg, Overall, Andrew, Bakrania, Prijay, Krasteva, Eliseveta, Parekh, Nikesh, Ali, Khalid, Davies, J Graham and Rajkumar, Chakravarthi (2019) The association of a single-nucleotide polymorphism in the nuclear factor (erythroid derived 2)-like 2 gene with adverse drug reactions, multimorbidity and frailty in older people. Journals of Gerontology, Series A. ISSN 1079-5006

Parekh, Nikesh, Gahagan, Beatrice, Ward, Lizzie and Ali, Khalid (2019) 'They must help if the doctor gives them to you’: a qualitative study of the older person’s lived experience of medication-related problems. Age and Ageing, 48 (1). pp. 147-151. ISSN 0002-0729

Rajkumar, Chakravarthi, Ali, Khalid, Parekh, Nikesh and Bremner, Stephen (2018) Can doctors identify older patients at risk of medication harm following hospital discharge? A multicentre prospective study in the UK. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 84 (10). pp. 2344-2351. ISSN 0306-5251

Parekh, Nikesh, Ali, Khalid, Page, Amy, Roper, Tom and Rajkumar, Chakravarthi (2018) Incidence of medication-related harm in older adults following hospital discharge: a systematic review. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66 (9). pp. 1812-1822. ISSN 1532-5415

Parekh, Nikesh, Ali, Khalid, Stevenson, Jennifer M, Davies, J Graham, Schiff, Rebekah, Van Der Cammen, Tischa, Harchowal, Jatinder, Raftery, James and Rajkumar, Chakravarthi (2018) Incidence and cost of medication harm in older adults following hospital discharge: a multicentre prospective study in the UK. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 84 (8). pp. 1789-1797. ISSN 1365-2125

Ali, Khalid, Davies, Kevin, Rajkumar, Chakravarthi and Parekh, Nikesh (2018) Can supporting health literacy reduce medication-related harm in older adults? Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety, 9 (3). pp. 167-170. ISSN 2042-0986

Ormerod, Emma, Ali, Khalid, Cameron, James, Malik, Muzaffar, Lee, Richard, Getov, Spas and Rajkumar, Chakravarthi (2017) The association between arterial stiffness, initial stroke severity, and 3 week outcomes in ischaemic stroke patients. Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases, 26 (11). pp. 2541-2546. ISSN 1052-3057

Evans, Bridie Angela, Ali, Khalid and et al, (2017) Referral pathways for patients with TIA avoiding hospital admission: a scoping review. British Medical Journal Open, 7 (2). e013443. ISSN 0959-8138

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