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Yan Michael Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Cancer, Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests

Acoustic Neuroma Brain Tumors Complex Reconstruction Cranial Surgery Glioblastoma, Metastatic, Clinical Trials Meningioma, General Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Neuro-Oncology, Brain & Spine Cancer Neurosurgery - Brain Peripheral Nerve Surgery Spinal Surgery Spinal Tumors Spine Oncology Ulnar Nerve, Trauma, Carpal Tunnel

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 225-5767

Fax: (585) 276-2281

Office: (585) 225-5767

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Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Yan Michael Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Oncology and an award-winning neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and complex spine diseases. Dr. Li treats patients with brain and spine tumor, including gliomas, meningioma, metastatic disease, skull base lesions. He employs advanced awake mapping, imaging techniques, intraoperative navigation and microsurgery to ensure maximal tumor removal and achieve the safest possible surgical outcomes. Dr. Li has advanced training in some of the most leading-edge technologies available, allowing him to provide the latest, most efficient options for each patient. These technologies include minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery for spine, brain and skull base tumors, advanced laser surgery for brain and metastatic spine tumor, primary spine tumor en bloc resection, stereotactic radiosurgery. Furthermore, Dr. Li works with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the best possible treatment strategies are offered to his patients and individualized treatments for brain and spine tumors based on personal genomic profiling. Dr. Li also has strong clinical interest in simple and complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, and computer-assisted spinal navigation surgery. He treats patients with broad aspects of spine diseases, including herniated disk disease with nerve compression, degenerative spine stenosis, complex spine tumor, trauma and deformity diseases. Dr. Li provides the latest and most efficient options for each patient with back pain, including minimally invasive herniated disk surgery through less than one inch incision, minimally invasive lateral or posterior spinal fusion surgery, artificial disc implants that allow for more mobility, revision spine surgery with reconstruction et al. In order to achieve the very best in patient outcomes, Dr. Li's practice emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to disease processes and he works very closely with other specialists such as pain specialists, neurologists and physical therapists. 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.

Research

Dr. Yan Michael Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Oncology and an award-winning neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and complex spine diseases. Dr. Li treats patients with brain and spine tumor, including gliomas, meningioma, metastatic disease, skull base lesions. He employs advanced awake mapping, imaging techniques, intraoperative navigation and microsurgery to ensure maximal tumor removal and achieve the safest possible surgical outcomes. Dr. Li has advanced training in some of the most leading-edge technologies available, allowing him to provide the latest, most efficient options for each patient. These technologies include minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery for spine, brain and skull base tumors, advanced laser surgery for brain and metastatic spine tumor, primary spine tumor en bloc resection, stereotactic radiosurgery. Furthermore, Dr. Li works with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the best possible treatment strategies are offered to his patients and individualized treatments for brain and spine tumors based on personal genomic profiling. Dr. Li also has strong clinical interest in simple and complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, and computer-assisted spinal navigation surgery. He treats patients with broad aspects of spine diseases, including herniated disk disease with nerve compression, degenerative spine stenosis, complex spine tumor, trauma and deformity diseases. Dr. Li provides the latest and most efficient options for each patient with back pain, including minimally invasive herniated disk surgery through less than one inch incision, minimally invasive lateral or posterior spinal fusion surgery, artificial disc implants that allow for more mobility, revision spine surgery with reconstruction et al. In order to achieve the very best in patient outcomes, Dr. Li's practice emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to disease processes and he works very closely with other specialists such as pain specialists, neurologists and physical therapists. 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 authored more than 40 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Cancer Cell, Nature Medicine, JAMA Oncology, 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 maximal safe resection of brain and spine tumor, surgical outcome study for minimal invasive and complex spine surgery, Cancer specific brain and spine tumor targeted therapy and local delivery.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Neurological Surgery

Education

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2006 - 06/30/2007
Internship in Surgery-General at SUNY Syracuse Office of Graduate Medical Education

07/01/2007 - 06/30/2013
Residency in Neurological Surgery at SUNY Syracuse Office of Graduate Medical Education

04/01/2005 - 07/31/2006
Research in Surgical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

1/1/2011 - 4/30/2011
Residency in Neurological Surgery at Harvard University Health Services

7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
Fellowship in at University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center

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Publications

Journal Articles

1/2017
Piper K, Algattas H, DeAndrea-Lazarus IA, Kimmell KT, Li YM, Walter KA, Silberstein HJ, Vates GE. "Risk factors associated with venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing spine surgery." Journal of neurosurgery. Spine.. 2017 Jan 0; 26(1):90-96. Epub 2016 Sep 02.

5/2016
Towner JE, Johnson MD, Li YM. "Intraventricular Hemangiopericytoma: A Case Report and Literature Review." World neurosurgery.. 2016 May 0; 89:728.e5-728.e10. Epub 2016 Feb 01.

4/2016
Li YM, Suki D, Hess K, Sawaya R. "The influence of maximum safe resection of glioblastoma on survival in 1229 patients: Can we do better than gross-total resection?" Journal of neurosurgery.. 2016 Apr 0; 124(4):977-88. Epub 2015 Oct 23.

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