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Dr. Syed Ali, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist

Professional statement

** Please make cancellations two days before appointment! **Dr. Ali's practice accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.** Self-pay initial consultation adults $200, follow ups $125. Children and Adolescents initial consultation $250, follows ups $150. If you do not have insurance - we are willing to work patients with different financial needs. Dr. Ali has 14 Years experience in all areas of Mental Health including both inpatient and outpatient Community and Public Mental Health. Currently has consulting privileges in Spring Groove Hospital Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, United Medical Center, Psychiatric Institute of Washington D.C and Bon Secours Hospital. Raising awareness and empowering patients and their families regarding mental illness. To create specialized interactive programs for children and adults with special needs. We offer comprehensive diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, which include: Psychopharmacological treatment. Individual and family Psychotherapy. Coordination with Medical and Mental Health Professionals. Specialized Psychiatric services are provided to children, adolescents and adults with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders through various agencies and organizations. Individual referrals are also welcomed. Substance Abuse Treatment with focus on relapse prevention, individualized therapy and Suboxone Maintenance. Psychiatric treatment including specific therapies and medication stabilization for patients with Traumatic Brain Injury.

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Specialties

  • Psychiatrist
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Psychotherapist

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Board certifications

  • Addiction Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education and training

  • Medical School - Dow Medical College, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1831284769

Office locations

Syed Ali

11219 Lockwood Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20901

Patient reviews
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Dr. Syed was excellent. He heard me out and suggested a path forward. I will be seeing him again next month
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The Dr. Wife works in this office and have horrible customer service! She is very unprofessional and doesn’t care about the clients they are only their for the money! I asked to have the Dr. call me for an urgent request and she never responded. Will not recommend to anyone
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Great doctor!
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He was great asking me about myself.
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr Ali is an amazing psychiatrists who has significantly helped me through my ADHD. I don't know how I would survive without him and his lovely desk staff. They are always extremely accommodating and willing to listen and help with anyissue. I recommend Dr. Ali to the fullest extent to anyone seeking psychiatric help. His professionalism and excellent bed side manner do not go unnoticed. I am very thankful that there are physicians like him practicing out in the world.
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. Syed Ali is a wonderful doctor. Respectful, pleasant and wonderful to talk to. Would recommend! Also his wife is very sweet and helpful. I always forget to bring cash and she lets me pay the copay the next time I come :)
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Great man! Very helpful. He cares. Thanks, See you next month. Brittany C.
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I went to see Dr. Ali for a second opinion and because I was also looking for a new psychiatrist. During my first visit, he spent an hour and a half with me, going over mine and my family's health history.He had me walk him through my mental health issues for childhood up through the present. I appreciated this, as I think it provided him with a more thorough understanding than 'oh today I feel xyz.' I decided to use Dr. Ali as my psychiatrist, and the drive from DC is absolutely worth it! He is very knowledgable regarding pharmacology, and has worked with me to find medications that work well for my condition. Some reviewers complain that he's not as chatty and talkative as a therapist--and that's the thing, he's NOT a therapist. He IS a psychiatrist and his job is to diagnose you and recommend a treatment plan. Dr. Ali asks good questions, but it's really up to you how in-depth you want to answer; the more information you provide, the better it will be. He genuinely cares about your well-being, not just how many Rx he writes. Highly recommend!
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This doctor is all about writing the strips and that’s it. When he asks you how have you been. If you tell him he will not listen to you. So don’t waste your time. I want to find someone else. Idrive about 30 min to see him and it’s a waste of my time.
Less than 6 months ago
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He is the worst doctor ever!!! I went there and he asked me how are things? I told him I am going through hell right now. I told him everything I was going through. All he said was oh ok. Thenhe said did u take other drugs because of what u r going through? I said no. I even told him that I felt like dying last week. Then he gave me my prescription and he said bye. What if I died when I left his office? I thought he was a doctor to help u through and talk to u. I guess not. Even the lady (his wife) I. The front desk she is as rude as him. If anyone knows another doctor please let me know. I want to be anonymous I don’t want him it was me that wrote this because I know if he does he will be even meaner and not see me anymore. I need him until I find someone else. But people don’t go to him.
Less than 6 months ago
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He is very quick and to the point, but that is exactly what I was looking for.
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Dr. Ali was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. He gave me great suggestions and was very kind. I would definitely recommend him and look forward to continuing my care at his practice.
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Genuinely interested in your well-being. Astute and non-invasive. It’s hard to find a good shrink who doesn’t have an agenda and I got lucky.
Less than 6 months ago
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My visit was reasonably brief, but I don't view that as a bad thing. It was a bit like going to see my primary care provider. I described what I've been going through, he asked some questions, and then prescribed whathe thought would best help and gave me a timeframe to schedule a follow up to check back in for possible adjustment. I'm very happy with my decision to see this psychiatrist.
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The visit was quick and he asked very little information about me. I would recommend him if you're looking for medication refills, but neither he nor his physical office space were inviting like a therapist's office would be.
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Dr Ali encourages honesty without judgement. Am greatful for him!
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It was the first time i have seen a psychiatrist in years. Ive been dealing with some things i need help with. He was extremely helpful and easy to talk to. I am actually looking forward to my next appointment. Ihave always been reluctant on dealing with my ADHD but Im very happy I met Dr. Ali and I left really feeking better about my future.
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Dr Ali was A great listener, empathetic, and prescribed medicine which helps me with my situation. A very plesant experience.
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This doctor is so sure of himself that he does not leave room for the patients opinion. He makes things up and declares that people are liars without paying enough attention to his notes to know that what he's saying isfalse. He wants to tell other doctors how to treat you and looks for nothing but release of information forms to be filled out so he can tell your doctor how to treat you. Even when he finds out that he is wrong about something he does not apologize. He is arrogant and rude.
Less than 1 year ago
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It was brief
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He is patient and really listens to the family and patient.
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Dr Ali was familiar with how all my child’s issues combined came together to create the storm we were in. He was kind and reassuring. I am so grateful we have found someone who is not only in network, and wedidn’t have to wait for 4-6mos to be seen, but also very competent!
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Dr. Syed was very attentive and treated me with respect.
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My daughter was very nervous, but he was kind and easy to talk too.
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If you're looking for warm bedside manner or talk therapy, this doctor may not be a good fit. Otherwise, if you know that you are looking for medication and are specific with explaining your needs you can get in and outquickly. The doctor is quick and efficient, but all business.
Less than 1 year ago
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I only require medication maintenance at this point in my treatment and have been very pleased with Dr. Ali. He listens to my input and provides options for making my treatment better.
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Easy to work with and straight to the point.
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Initially, wasn't sure how I felt about this practice because it didn't feel warm and friendly. Though I come to appreciate Dr. Ali and his front office staff's professionalism, kindness and ability to go navigate my insurance. Dr. Ali is veryknowledgeable when it comes to ADD, medication and teen-boys. Highly recommend!
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Very serious man, and very astute. He picks up on many things even if I don't fully say them or have a rambling explanation. Great doctor.
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DR. Ali, really cares about his patients. I highly recommended.
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It was the first visit for my son with autism. The docotr listened well and read the notes from his previous. I think the visit went great and look forward to seeing him again.
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Despite some negative reviews I had read prior to bringing my son to Dr. Ali, I have not been disappointed. He is very knowledgeable and though he isn't a chatty type of doctor he knows what he is doing. He specilizesin medication combonations and that is what I'm looking for in medication management for my 13 year old son. HIs receptionist is kind, helpful and accomodating when I needed help with insurance information. Highly recommend!
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Nice and fast
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Knowledable and focused
Less than 1 year ago
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Great doctor. Open to exploring different treatments. Sessions can be brief sometimes which works great for me since I am not a big talker.
More than 1 year ago
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Excellent doctor. Things went as well if not better than expected. I was treated according to diagnosis.
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A waste of time didn't really listen to me and did what he wanted to
More than 1 year ago
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Single visit, for second opinion. Appeared knowledgeable, asked useful questions, recommended a medication suitable to my situation and condition. Efficient staff.
More than 1 year ago
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I really liked him. I took my son to see him. He is easy to talk to. Its nice and quiet there in office and not hectic or rushed.
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The entire time he seemed displeased to listen to me explain my symptoms, and at some points seemed to not be listening at all. At the end of the appointment he said the medicine he was giving me was good forptsd, yet "definitely doesn't think I have ptsd." We spent less than a half hour talking, I have had severe ptsd and have worked through it for over a year with professional help. Not having a mental breakdown in a first meeting isn't a sign I don't have ptsd, and I shouldn't have to delve into some harrowing tale to get my psychiatrist to believe my conditions. I'm going back to my old psychiatrist.
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I have a hard time opening up about all my problems when I see a psychiatrist. Dr. Ali was much easier to talk to.
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Dr. Ali is very nice and cares about his patients. He was able to treat my ADD and it has changed my life for the better. Would definitely recommend choosing him for your psychiatric needs.
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It's my first appointment so my rating might change later, but Dr. Ali seemed much more organized and professional than the doctor I was seeing before.
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He was helpful, did not offer quick fixes which I appreciate in a psychiatrist. I dislike when doctors push pills without doing research on your history.
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I was nervous and apprehensive before my visit but Dr. Ali made me feel at ease with my diagnosis and had a detailed and engaging discussion with me regarding the treatment process. Highly recommended.
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Very pleasant very helpful listen to your problems and needs.
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He cares.
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It was my daughters first visit, so far she likes him. It is hard to tell at this point but she liked the visit so far
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Very attentive doctor and friendly + organized staff.
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Dr. Ali was very patient and answered all of my questions. I was worried about seeking help with my adult ADHD but he put me at ease. He gave me a lot of insight on what adult ADHD looks like and the different options I have.
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