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An "Impulsive" New Chicago Med Doctor Will Cause "Headaches" in Season 9

Please welcome to Gaffney Chicago Medical Center: Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad. 

By Jackie Manno
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Chicago Med is introducing a new face to its cast, and she'll be causing some "headaches," according to showrunners.

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Season 9, Episode 2 of Chicago Med, titled "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us," debuts a new character named Dr. Zola Ahmad, played by Sophia Ali. However, her appearance won't be all sunshine and rainbows for the rest of the ED crew

All about Chicago Med's Dr. Zola Ahmad, played by Sophia Ali

“She’s someone who will cause a lot of headaches for the Chief of the ED, Archer.” showrunner Andrew Schneider told TV Insider. “She will overstep. She’s impulsive.”

As for the actress who plays Ahmad, Sophia Ali, this isn't her first rodeo playing a troublemaker in a medical drama series. Ali played the role of Dr. Qadri in Seasons 14-16 of Grey's Anatomy, who got removed from her position due to her lack of filter. More recently, she starred in the series The Wilds from 2020-2022 as Fatin, a plane crash survivor. 

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Dr. Ahmad won't be the only thing causing drama in Archer's life. Steven Weber, the actor who plays him, talked to NBC Insider about what to expect from his relationship with his son, Sean, in Season 9 (while Archer is in need of a kidney). 

“These two characters in particular are really trying to find themselves after having been both troubled for many years,” Weber told NBC Insider“Sean’s been in and out of prison and is currently in drug rehab. And his father, Dean, has been trying to find his humanity after being saddled with PTSD, and he’s trying not to be dependent on a world which he needs. So yeah, that’s going to be tough. Everybody has to find a way around this particular situation.”

Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) folds his arms on Chicago Med episode 901.

What to know about Chicago Med Season 9

Season 9 of Chicago Med premiered on January 19. Episodes will air Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC and stream the next day on Peacock. 

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” Executive Producer Dick Wolf said in a statement upon the news of the show's renewal. “All six shows [three Law & Order shows and all of One Chicago] being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers, and writers. I'd also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.”

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“We understand the emotional connection our audience has with these characters and we can’t wait to bring more of their stories to the forefront next season,” Lisa Katz, the president of scripted programming at NBCUniversal and Streaming, said in a statement. “A huge thank you to Dick and his amazing team who are the masters of producing incredibly compelling television week after week.”