Dr. Li has dual appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia. He followed his internship and residency with a comprehensive spine surgery fellowship at the world-renowned Columbia Spine Hospital.

Dr. Li has advanced expertise in a wide range of spinal procedures from microscope-assisted cervical artificial disc replacement to the most complex spinal reconstruction for scoliosis. He has clinical interests include degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine (herniated disc, spinal stenosis, etc.); spinal deformities (scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, etc.), spinal tumors, metastatic spine disease, spine trauma, minimally invasive spine surgery, robotic assisted spine surgery, and motion-sparing technology (artificial disc replacement). His research interests include intervertebral disc biology, cervical spinal surgery, scoliosis surgery, and clinical outcomes and epidemiology of spinal surgery.


Orthopaedic surgery, University of Virginia


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2015 | Virginia Orthopaedics Society Best Podium Presentation Award
2013 | AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program
2012 | North American Spine Society Research Award
2012 | Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award
2011 | North American Spine Society Research Award
2011 | Eastern Orthopaedic Association’s Founders’ Award
2009, 2010 | Young Investigator Research Grant Award – AO Spine North America
2008 | Scoliosis Research Society Research Award
2007 | Outstanding Paper Award of the ‘Spine Journal’
2007 | Virginia Orthopaedics Society Best Paper Award
2007 | Cervical Spine Society Research Award
2006 | Outstanding Paper Award of the ‘Spine Journal’ 
2005 | North American Spine Society Research Award
2005, 2007 | Arthritis Foundation Travel Award
2004 | Career Development Award, Orthopaedic Research Society
2001 | New Investigator Recognition Award, Orthopaedic Research Society