Weill Cornell Medicine Urology
Weill Cornell Medicine Urology
Philip S. Li
Dr. Philip S. Li, M.D. | Cornell Urology

Philip S. Li, M.D.

Research (male reproductive medicine)
Dr. Philip S. Li, M.D. | Cornell Urology



Philip S. Li, M.D., is a Professor of Research in Urology and Professor of Research in Reproductive Medicine; 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 of 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 awarded several prestigious Honorary Professorships in Urology and Andrology at the Andrology Center of Peking University First Hospital (2007 to 2009), West China (Huaxi) Hospital of Sichuan University (2006- ), Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (2011- ), Chaoyang Hospital of the Capital Medical University (2013- ), Peking University 3rd Hospital (2015- ), Shanghai General Hospital/ Institute of Urology ( 2015-) and the 4th Military Medical University Tongdu Hospital (2015- ) in China. He is the Co-Director of the Center for the Chinese Andrology and Male Infertility Microsurgical Training by the Chinese Society of Andrology and the Chinese Society of Sexual Medicine (2015- ).  Dr. Li was awarded for 20 Years of Outstanding Contribution by the Chinese Andrology Society in 2015.


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.

Dr. Li has authored or co-authored  125 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and surgical manuals, 4 books and 57 videos on topics related to male reproductive medicine, vasectomy, male infertility microsurgery,  male circumcision and public health. He has been actively involved in and played key roles in numerous highly respected research projects that resulted in five cover page articles in the Journal of Urology (May 2003, December 2011, March 2012 and August, 2012 and August 2014).

In October 2017, Dr. Li released an iOS application entitled "Learning Male Infertility Microsurgery", which provides a unique interactive platform for microsurgeons worldwide to learn and master the fundamental principles of microsurgery technique, equipment and instruments. To learn more and download the iOS app for iPhone or iPad, visit the Apple app store page here.


Dr. Li established the Cornell Brady Urology Studio in 1995, where he has directed and produced 57 high-quality educational medical videos for male infertility microsurgical techniques. His videos have received numerous awards, including the Best Urology Video Prize (1998, 2006) and the First Prize for Technical Achievement (2013) by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the First Prize (2002, 2003), 2nd prize (2010) and 3rd Prize (2009, 2013) 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.  Dr. Li has been actively involved in nearly all new development and refinement of male infertility microsurgical techniques currently used at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital for treating male infertility. Dr. Li has also obtained several U.S. patents.


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 ShangRing 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 (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/annual-letter/2012/Pages/home-en.aspx ) .  In fact, the ShangRing 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 was recently invited to give a state-of-art lecture, entitled “Urology and Global Health: Global Circumcision- WHO Cares” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEhqV_T2WK0 ) at the opening Plenary session of 2016 (AUA) American Urological Meeting, San Diego, CA.


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 editor 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 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) since 2010. At the 2013 ASRM meeting in Boston, he was elected to be a member of the Board of the Directors at the Large, Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU). Dr. Li graduated from 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 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 (NSV) 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.  In 2015, Dr. Li was recognized for 25 Years of Service by Weill Cornell Medicine.


Among Dr. Li's other credits, he is a long distance runner and successfully completed the New York City Marathon twice. He is happily married to his wife of over 30 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


Office: 212-746-5762

Microsurgical Lab: 212-746-1166

Clinical Andrology Lab: 212-746-5768

Fax: 212-746-0977


E-mail: psli@med.cornell.edu

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