Yi Li, MD

Asst.Professor Clin. Radiology


In 2011, Yi Li obtained her MD from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, followed by a one-year internship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In 2016, she completed a four-year Diagnostic Radiology residency at UCSF. Li was a 2016 recipient of the Margulis Society Outstanding Resident Research Award for her excellence in research during residency. She served as chief fellow in Neuroradiology, completing her neuroradiology fellowship in 2017 and clinical instructorship in 2018. In 2018, Li received the Outstanding Fellow/Instructor Teaching Award from the UCSF radiology residents for her contributions toward UCSF resident education. In July 2018, Li became an Assistant Professor in the Neuroradiology Section. Li’s focus within neuroradiology is pediatric neuroimaging.


06/2018 - Neuroradiology Fellowship, University of California San Francisco
06/2016 - Radiology Residency, University of California San Francisco
MD, 05/2011 - , Harvard Medical School

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Fellow/Instructor Teaching Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2018
Chief Fellow, University of California, San Francisco, 2017
Outstanding Resident Research Award, UCSF Margulis Alumni Society, 2016
Cum Laude Award for Educational Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2014
Cum Laude, Harvard Medical School, 2011
New Investigator Award, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, 2010


Li Y, Li Z, Ammanuel S, Gillan D, Shah V. Efficacy of using a 3D printed lumbosacral spine phantom in improving trainee proficiency and confidence in CT-guided spine procedures. 3D Print Med. 2018 Oct 10; 4(1):7.
Li Y, Barkovich MJ, Karch CM, Nillo RM, Fan CC, Broce IJ, Tan CH, Cuneo D, Hess CP, Dillon WP, Glenn OA, Glastonbury CM, Olney N, Yokoyama JS, Bonham LW, Miller B, Kao A, Schmansky N, Fischl B, Andreassen OA, Jernigan T, Dale A, Barkovich AJ, Desikan RS, Sugrue LP. Regionally specific TSC1 and TSC2 gene expression in tuberous sclerosis complex. Sci Rep. 2018 Sep 06; 8(1):13373.
Barkovich MJ, Tan CH, Nillo RM, Li Y, Xu D, Glastonbury CM, Glenn OA, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Mueller S, Kline C, Dale AM, Jernigan TL, Sugrue LP, Barkovich AJ, Desikan RS. Abnormal Morphology of Select Cortical and Subcortical Regions in Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Radiology. 2018 Nov; 289(2):499-508.
Barkovich MJ, Li Y, Desikan RS, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. Challenges in pediatric neuroimaging. Neuroimage. 2019 01 15; 185:793-801.
Bonham LW, Karch CM, Fan CC, Tan C, Geier EG, Wang Y, Wen N, Broce IJ, Li Y, Barkovich MJ, Ferrari R, Hardy J, Momeni P, Höglinger G, Müller U, Hess CP, Sugrue LP, Dillon WP, Schellenberg GD, Miller BL, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Barkovich AJ, Yokoyama JS, Desikan RS. CXCR4 involvement in neurodegenerative diseases. Transl Psychiatry. 2018 04 11; 8(1):73.
Aboian MS, Kline CN, Li Y, Solomon DA, Felton E, Banerjee A, Braunstein SE, Mueller S, Dillon WP, Cha S. Early detection of recurrent medulloblastoma: the critical role of diffusion-weighted imaging. Neurooncol Pract. 2018 Nov; 5(4):234-240.
Leelakanok N, Phelps AS, Zapala MA, Kato K, Ohliger M, Li Y, Courtier J. Assessing 3D T2 FSE sequence for identification of the normal appendix: working toward a single-sequence MR appendicitis protocol. Emerg Radiol. 2017 Dec; 24(6):653-660.
Poynton CB, Lee MM, Li Y, Laszik Z, Worters PW, Mackenzie JD, Courtier J. Intravoxel incoherent motion analysis of renal allograft diffusion with clinical and histopathological correlation in pediatric kidney transplant patients: A preliminary cross-sectional observational study. Pediatr Transplant. 2017 Sep; 21(6).
Li Y, Ali S, Clarke J, Cha S. Bevacizumab in Recurrent Glioma: Patterns of Treatment Failure and Implications. Brain Tumor Res Treat. 2017 Apr; 5(1):1-9.
Li Y, Lee MM, Worters PW, MacKenzie JD, Laszik Z, Courtier JL. Pilot Study of Renal Diffusion Tensor Imaging as a Correlate to Histopathology in Pediatric Renal Allografts. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Jun; 208(6):1358-1364.
Li Y, Mongan J, Behr SC, Sud S, Coakley FV, Simko J, Westphalen AC. Beyond Prostate Adenocarcinoma: Expanding the Differential Diagnosis in Prostate Pathologic Conditions. Radiographics. 2016 Jul-Aug; 36(4):1055-75.
Li Y, Phelps A, Zapala MA, MacKenzie JD, MacKenzie TC, Courtier J. Magnetic resonance imaging of Müllerian duct anomalies in children. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 May; 46(6):796-805.
Starkey J, Li Y, Tihan T, Cha S. Clinical Series: Five Simple MR Imaging Features to Identify Tumor Mimics. Neurographics. 2016; 6(4):229-236.
Li Y, Estroff JA, Khwaja O, Mehta TS, Poussaint TY, Robson CD, Feldman HA, Ware J, Levine D. Callosal dysgenesis in fetuses with ventriculomegaly: levels of agreement between imaging modalities and postnatal outcome. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Nov; 40(5):522-9.
Li Y, Estroff JA, Mehta TS, Robertson RL, Robson CD, Poussaint TY, Feldman HA, Ware J, Levine D. Ultrasound and MRI of fetuses with ventriculomegaly: can cortical development be used to predict postnatal outcome? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Jun; 196(6):1457-67.
Pier DB, Levine D, Kataoka ML, Estroff JA, Werdich XQ, Ware J, Beeghly M, Poussaint TY, Duplessis A, Li Y, Feldman HA. Magnetic resonance volumetric assessments of brains in fetuses with ventriculomegaly correlated to outcomes. J Ultrasound Med. 2011 May; 30(5):595-603.
Li Y, Sansgiri RK, Estroff JA, Mehta TS, Poussaint TY, Robertson RL, Robson CD, Feldman HA, Barnewolt C, Levine D. Outcome of fetuses with cerebral ventriculomegaly and septum pellucidum leaflet abnormalities. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Jan; 196(1):W83-92.