Philip S. Li, M.D., is a urology and reproductive medicine research professor and director of the Male Infertility Microsurgical Research and Training Program at the Weill Cornell Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery. He is also an adjunct reproductive scientist at the Rockefeller University Population Council Center for Biomedical Research.
Dr. Li has been working with Drs. Marc Goldstein and Peter Schlegel at Cornell since 1988. He is an internationally recognized No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) expert and a leading male infertility microsurgery researcher. 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 vasectomy expertise and male infertility microsurgical technique research have been internationally recognized. He continues to share his vast expertise by training several hundred urologists to perform NSVs and male infertility microsurgeries worldwide.
Dr. Li has been globally awarded several prestigious honorary urology and andrology professorships. He received the 20 Years of Outstanding Contribution Award from the Chinese Andrology Society in 2015, the Asian Distinguished Contribution Award for Men’s Health from the Asian Association of Andrology in 2018, the Dr. Guo Yinglu Extraordinary Contributions to Andrology Award from the Chinese Medical Doctor Association Branch of Andrology in 2018 – one of the most prestigious academic awards in the field of urology and andrology in China, the Best Editorial Peer-Reviewed Expert Award for Dr. Jie Ping Wu’s Urology from the Chinese Urology Association at their 2018 national meeting and the Distinguished Founder’s Award from the Cornell-China Circle in 2019.
Dr. Li has authored and coauthored numerous manuscripts, including 143 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 books and several book chapters and surgical manuals. Dr. Li established the Cornell Brady Urology Studio in 1995, where he has directed and produced 61 high-quality, educational medical videos concerning topics related to male reproductive medicine, including vasectomy, male infertility microsurgery, male circumcision and public health. Li has received numerous awards for his videos, including the Best Urology Video Prize (1998, 2006), First Prize for Technical Achievement (2013) from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the first, second and third prizes (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2013) at the Annual American Urological Association (AUA) national meetings. He also received the first prize for his video at the annual meeting of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) in 2007. He has been actively involved in and played key roles in many highly respected research projects and clinical trials that resulted in five cover-page articles in the Journal of Urology (May 2003, December 2011, March 2012, August 2012 and August 2014). In addition, he was the first to create and release two innovative smartphone applications: “Learning Male Infertility Microsurgery Training” and the “ShangRing Male Circumcision Device Surgical Training” mobile application, which can be downloaded from both the Apple and Google Play stores. Dr. Li has been actively involved in the development and refinement of nearly all male infertility microsurgical techniques currently used at Weill Cornell Medical Center to treat male infertility.
As a principal and coprincipal investigator, Dr. Li and his team have been rewarded several multimillion-dollar grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canadian Challenge Fund and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the purpose of HIV prevention through male circumcision since 2011. By working closely with his mentor Dr. Marc Goldstein, and his colleagues, Drs. Richard Lee and Mark Barone, Dr. Li continues to play a leading role in several international, randomized clinical trials, as well as surgical training workshops for the ShangRing circumcision technique in Africa and China. His ShangRing male circumcision research project in Africa gained global attention, where it was mentioned by Bill Gates in his 2012 annual report and featured in official World Health Organization (WHO) pamphlets in 2012 and 2013. The ShangRing initially received WHO prequalification in 2015. The simplified no-flip ShangRing technique with the use of topical cream anesthesia received WHO prequalification in March 2019, a step forward for the global Men’s Health project and a significant contribution to the scale-up of male circumcision efforts in Africa. Dr. Li was invited to give a state-of-the-art lecture, “Urology and Global Health: Global Circumcision – WHO Cares” at the opening plenary session of the 2016 American Urological Meeting (AUA) in San Diego, California.
Dr. Philip Li is a member of the AUA, the ASRM and the American Society of Andrology (ASA), serving as a board member for the ASA membership committee from 2001-02. Currently, he serves as the vice president of the Asian Andrology Association, a board member of the World Chinese Urology Society (WCUA) and an associate editor-in-chief of the National Journal of Andrology. He is also an editor of the Journal of Asian Andrology and consultant editor of the Journal of Asian Urology. In addition, he has proudly served as a board member of the ASRM Video and Award Committee since 2010. At the 2013 ASRM meeting in Boston, he was elected a member of the board of directors of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU, 2013-18). Dr. Li graduated from medical school in 1983 and completed his surgery/urology residency training in 1986 in his hometown of Chongqing, China. Before coming to the United States in 1988. Dr. Li worked with and was mentored by Dr. Li Shunqiang, who is recognized as a prominent clinical andrology pioneer and known internationally as the inventor of the NSV technique. From 1988 to 1991, Dr. Li served as a male infertility and microsurgery postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University Population Council Center for Biomedical Research, with a joint fellowship at the Weill Cornell Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery under the direction of Dr. Marc Goldstein. Since 1991, he has been part of the faculty at the Weill Cornell Medicine Urology Department. In 2015, Dr. Li was recognized for 25 years of service.
Aside from Dr. Li's well decorated professional career at Weill Cornell Medicine, he is a long-distance runner and has 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).
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