Cornell University

Cornell University
Weill Medical College

Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine

Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery

"State-of-the-Art Compassionate Care for the Infertile Couple"

Philip S. Li, M.D., is an Associate Research Professor of Urology and Reproductive Medicine and the Director of the Male Infertility Microsurgical Research and Training Program at the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery in the Department of Urology, and Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University. He is also an Adjunct Scientist of Reproductive Health with the Population Council's Center for Biomedical Research, located on the campus of Rockefeller University.

Dr. Li has been working with Drs. Marc Goldstein and Peter Schlegel at Cornell since 1988. Dr. Li is an internationally recognized expert in the no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) and a leading researcher in male infertility microsurgery. He has been one of the key figures in developing the surgical manual and protocol for the NSV technique, which has become the most popular vasectomy technique in North America. His expertise in the field of vasectomy and research in male infertility microsurgical techniques has been internationally recognized. He continues to share this expertise by training several hundred urologists to perform the NSV and male infertility microsurgeries worldwide. Since 2005, Dr. Li has been awarded several prestigious honorary Professorships of Urology at the Andrology Center of Peking University First Hospital, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Chaoyang Hospital of the Capital Medical University in China.

Dr. Li has authored or co-authored 77 peer-reviewed journal articles, 50 book chapters and surgical manuals, 3 books and 50 videos on topics related to male reproductive medicine, vasectomy, male infertility microsurgery and adult male circumcision. He has been actively involved in and played key roles in numerous highly respected research projects that resulted in 5 cover page articles in the Journal of Urology (May 2003, December 2011, March 2012 and August, 2012 and August 2014). Dr. Li established the Cornell Brady Urology Studio, where he has directed and produced 50 high-quality educational medical videos for male infertility microsurgical techniques. Many of these videos have been awarded The Best Urology Video Prize by the ASRM (1998 and 2006) and the First Prize for Technical Achievement at 2013 ASRM meeting in Boston. He and his colleagues have received The First Prize (AUA 2002 and AUA 2003), 2nd prize (AUA 2010) and 3rd Prize (AUA 2009, AUA2013) video awards at the American Urological Association (AUA) national meetings. . He also received the first prize video at the annual meeting of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) in 2007. In addition, Dr. Li has been actively involved in nearly all new development and refinement of microsurgical techniques currently used at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital for treating male infertility. Dr. Li has also submitted and obtained several US patents since 1996.

Working closely with his mentor, Dr. Marc Goldstein, Dr. Li plays a key role in leading several international RCT studies, as well as surgical training workshops for the Shang Ring circumcision technique for HIV prevention in Africa and China. His Shang Ring circumcision research project in Africa was mentioned by Mr. Bill Gates in his 2012 annual report. In fact, the Shang Ring circumcision RCT in Africa was published by the WHO in its official pamphlets in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Li receives research funding from both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the NIH.

Dr. Li is a member of the American Urological Association (AUA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the American Society of Andrology (ASA). Dr. Li served as a board member for the Membership Committee (2001-2002) of the American Society of Andrology. He is also a board member of the World Chinese Urology Society (WCUA) and severs as an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the National Journal of Andrology (Zhonghua Nan Ke Xu). He is also an editors for the Journal of Asian Andrology, and the Journal of Asian Urology. In addition, he has proudly served as a board member for the Video and Award Committee of the ASRM since 2010. At 2013 ASRM meeting in Boston, he has been elected to be the member of the Board of the Directors at the Large, Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU). Dr. Li graduated medical school in Chongqing, China in 1983 and completed his surgery/urology residency training in his hometown of Chongqing, China in 1986. Before coming to the United States from China in 1988, Dr. Li worked with his mentor, Dr. Li Shunqiang, who is recognized as a prominent pioneer in clinical Andrology and internationally known as the inventor of the No-Scalpel Vasectomy technique. Dr. Li was a post-doctoral fellow in male infertility and microsurgery at the Population Council, Center for Biomedical Research on the campus of Rockefeller University; with a joint fellowship at the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery, Department of Urology, the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University under the direction of Dr. Marc Goldstein from 1988 to 1991. He completed his fellowship in male infertility and microsurgery in 1991 and has had the pleasure of working as a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College since 1992.

Among Dr. Li's other credits, he is a long distance runner and successfully completed two times of the New York City Marathon. He is happily married to his wife of over 26 years and the father of four lovely daughters (two of them are beautiful cats).

You may contact Dr. Li at:

Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery
Department of Urology
Weill Cornell Medical College
525 E 68th Street, Box 269
New York, NY 10065

Tel: 212-746-5762
Microsurgical Lab: 212-746-1166
Clinical Andrology Lab: 212-746-5768
Fax: 212-746-0977

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