Andrew I. Li, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Andrew I. Li, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

To see if Andrew I. Li is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Surgery - General

Plastic Surgery

Surgery - Plastic Surgery

Hand Surgery

Surgery - Hand and Upper Extremity

Microsurgical Reconstruction



Locations and Contact

Cannery Building

Plastic Surgery
3301 C St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-7844

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building
2221 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I believe in empowering patients through knowledge. I understand that the soundest medical decisions a patient can make are those made with understanding, trust, and adequate time. My modus operandi can be described as "less is more.”

Clinical Interests

Dr. Li is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in hand and microsurgery. He treats common hand maladies such as carpal tunnel syndrome, hand and wrist arthritis as well as upper extremity trauma including fractures of the hand, wrist, and forearm in addition to complex neurological injuries such as brachial plexus injuries. Furthermore, Dr. Li performs targeted muscle reinnervation on both upper and lower extremity amputation sites, with the goal of reducing post-amputation phantom limb pain along with improving myo-electric prosthetic control. Dr. Li also practices general reconstructive surgery, which includes upper and lower extremity reconstruction.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Li's research has focused on improving recovery following peripheral nerve injuries. His current research at UC Davis includes upper extremity prosthetic optimization (both mechanical and myoelectric), advancement of prosthetic function in the context of targeted muscle reinnervation, as well as microfluidic modeling of peripheral axonal growth and response to injury.


Plastic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program
Vascular Center

Undergraduate School

B.A., Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 2005

Medical School

M.D., UC San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego CA 2009


General Surgery, UCLA Harbor Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2009-2015


Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity Microsurgery, UC Irvine Medical Center, Irvine CA 2018-2019


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2015-2018

Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, April, 2014

Regent’s Scholar Award and Scholarship, UCSD School of Medicine, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Phi Beta Kappa, early induction - Top 20 (2%) senior undergraduates by cumulative GPA, Dartmouth College, 2005

Nominee for 1948 Scholar Athlete Award, Dartmouth College, 2004

Fang Z, Li AI, Wang H, Zhang R, Mai X, Pan T. AmbuBox: A Fast-Deployable Low-Cost Ventilator for COVID-19 Emergent Care. SLAS Technol. 2020 Dec;25(6):573-584. doi:10.1177/2472630320953801. Epub 2020 Sep 3. PMID:32882150.

Pereira CT, Paxton ZJ, Li AI. Involvement of PDGF-BB and IGF-1 in Activation of Human Schwann Cells by Platelet-Rich Plasma. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Dec;146(6):825e-827e. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000007406. PMID:33234996.

Fang Z, Li AI, Liu H, Pan T. Digital droplet infusion. Lab Chip. 2020 Nov 13. doi:10.1039/d0lc00896f. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33185236.

Li A, Pereira C. Lidocaine and Voltage Gated Calcium Channels [Letter to the editor]. J Hand Surg. 2020 Mar 26.

Rouch J, Li A, Cohen JG, Kazaknjian K, Festekjian JH. Re-Exploration of Vertical Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flap for Vaginal Reconstruction: case report and review of the literature. J Plast Reconstr Aesthetic Surg. September 2017 Sep;15:32-35. doi:org/10.1016/j.jpra.2017.08.006.

Li A, Hokugo A, Segovia LA, Yalom A, Rezzadeh K, Zhou S, Zhang Z, Parhami F, Stappenbeck F, Jarrahy R. Oxy133, a novel osteogenic agent, promotes bone regeneration in an intramembranous bone-healing model. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2017 May;11(5):1490-1499. doi:10.1002/term.2047. Epub 2015 Jun 15. PMID:26073881.

Rezzadeh KS, Nojan M, Buck A, Li A, Vardanian A, Crisera C, Festekjian J, Jarrahy R. The use of negative pressure wound therapy in severe open lower extremity fractures: identifying the association between length of therapy and surgical outcomes. J Surg Res. 2015 Dec;199(2):726-31. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2015.06.004. Epub 2015 Jun 11. PMID:26141870.

Gordon CR, Rezzadeh KS, Li A, Vardanian A, Zelken J, Shores JT, Sacks JM, Segovia AL, Jarrahy R. Digital mobile technology facilitates HIPAA-sensitive perioperative messaging, improves physician-patient communication, and streamlines patient care. Patient Saf Surg. 2015 May 23;9:21. doi:10.1186/s13037-015-0070-9. PMID:26136830.

Hokugo A, Li A, Segovia LA, Yalom A, Rezzadeh K, Zhou S, Zhang Z, Zuk PA, Jarrahy R. Development of chemotactic smart scaffold for use in tissue regeneration. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 May;135(5):877e-884e. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000001199. PMID:25919270.

Mendoza AS, O'Leary MP, Peng SK, Petrie BA, Li AI, French SW. Low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma of the sigmoid colon. Exp Mol Pathol. 2015 Apr;98(2):300-3. doi:10.1016/j.yexmp.2015.02.007. Epub 2015 Feb 20. PMID:25708661.