Dr. Yan Michael Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Oncology. He is focused on several fields, including complex brain and spine cancer surgery, minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery for spine, brain and skull base tumors, awake brain tumor surgery with intraoperative navigation and mapping, primary spine tumor en bloc resection, laser surgery for brain and metastatic spine tumor, stereotactic radiosurgery and individualized treatments for brain and spine tumors based on personal genomic profiling.
Dr. Li received his medical degree from Peking Union Medical College and his PhD from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He then completed neurosurgical residency at State University of New York, fellowships at Dana Farber Cancer Center Boston Children Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School, as well as a Neurosurgical Oncology fellowship at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Li has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in publications such as Cancer Cell, Nature Medicine, Cancer Research, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neuro-Oncology, World Neurosurgery, and Toxin. He has received awards from the Department of Defense Cancer Research Program and his patent of nanoparticle gene therapy has been adopted in NCI Clinical Trial.
He is currently performing research focused on cancer specific brain and spine tumor targeted therapy and local delivery, personalized genomic medicine and surgery, surgical trials and brain and spine cancer surgery