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 Reproductive Medicine; Director of the Male Infertility Microsurgical Research and Training Program at the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery, Department of Urology, Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine of Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University. He is also an Adjunct Scientist of Reproductive Health at the Center for Biomedical Research, Population Council, located on the campus of Rockefeller University.

Dr. Li has been working with Drs. Marc Goldstein and Peter Schlegel at Cornell since 1988. He 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 his vast expertise by training several hundred urologists to perform the NSV and male infertility microsurgeries worldwide.

Dr. Li has been globally awarded several prestigious Honorary Professorships in Urology and Andrology. He received the 20 Years of Outstanding Contribution Award by the Chinese Andrology Society in 2015; Asian Distinguished Contribution Award for Men's Health by the Asian Association of Andrology in 2018;  Dr. Guo Yinglu for Extraordinary Contributions Award to Andrology by the Chinese Medical Doctor Association Branch of Andrology in 2018, which is one of the most prestigious academic awards in the field of Urology and Andrology in China; the Best Editorial Peer-review Expert Award for "Dr. Jie Ping Wu's Urology"  by the Chinese Urology Association at the association's 2018 National meeting; and the Distinguished Founder's Award by the Cornell-China Circle in 2019.

Dr. Li has authored and co-authored numerous manuscripts, including 145 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 65 high-quality educational medical videos on topics related to male reproductive medicine; including vasectomy, male infertility microsurgery, male circumcision and public health. His videos have received numerous awards, including the Best Urology Video Prize (1998, 2006), First Prize for Technical Achievement (2013) by 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 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 and August, 2012 and August 2014). In addition, he was the first to create and release 2 innovative smartphone applications; "Learning Male Infertility Microsurgery Training" and the "ShangRing Male Circumcision Device Surgical Training" mobile applications, which can be found and downloaded on both the Apple store and Google Play store. Dr. Li has been actively involved in the development and refinement in nearly all male infertility microsurgical techniques currently used at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital for treating male infertility.

As a Principal and Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Li and his team have been rewarded several multi-million dollar grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canadian Challenge Fund and 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 has and continues to play a key 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 Mr. Bill Gates in his 2012 annual report and featured in the WHO official pamphlets in 2012 and 2013. The ShangRing initially received WHO prequalification in 2015. Recently, the simplified no-flip ShangRing technique with the use of topical cream anesthesia obtained 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, entitled "Urology and Global Health: Global Circumcision- WHO Cares" at the opening Plenary session of 2016 (AUA) American Urological Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Philip 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. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Asian Andrology Association. 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. He is also an editor for the Journal of Asian Andrology, and consultant editor for 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 Directors of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU, 2013-2018). 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 had worked with and mentored by Dr. Li Shunqiang, who is recognized as a prominent pioneer in clinical Andrology and known internationally as the inventor of the No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) technique. From 1988 to 1991, 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. Since 1991, he has been part of the faculty at the Urology Department at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian. In 2015, Dr. Li was recognized for 25 Years of Service by Weill Cornell Medicine.

Aside from Dr. Li's well decorated professional career at Weill Cornell Medicine, he is long distance runner and had 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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