David Li, M.D.

David Li, M.D.


Adult Cardiovascular Anesthesiology

General Anesthesiology


  • Assistant Clinical Professor


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Sacramento, CA 95817
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Philosophy of Care

As an adult cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiologist, I strive to be an integral part of the perioperative team to provide our patients with the best medical care they deserve. I enjoy the high acuity and procedural based nature of the practice of anesthesiology. 

More importantly, I am very grateful to have the privilege to take care of a wild spectrum of patients throughout their stressful perioperative courses. I strive to constantly improve my medical knowledge and clinical skill sets in order to provide the most appropriate and evidence-based anesthesia care to my patients.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Li is an anesthesiologist with fellowship training in adult cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiology who provides anesthesia care for adult general and cardiothoracic surgical patients.

He has special clinical interest in the application of perioperative transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography in the care of his patients. He is also interested in regional anesthesia, especially for cardiovascular and thoracic surgical patients.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Li is interested in improving the incorporation of perioperative echocardiography in our daily anesthesia practice. Specifically, he is interested in exploring better ways to utilize transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography in the perioperative setting to improve anesthesia and surgical outcomes. He is also interested in developing and implementing new analgesic techniques for adult cardiothoracic surgical patients.


Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia


M.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami FL 2012

B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 2005

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Miami- Palm Beach Regional Campus, Atlantis FL 2012-2013


Anesthesiology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2013


Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Fellowship, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2016-2017

Board Certifications

American Board of Anesthesiology,

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Society of Echocardiography

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, 2018, 2019

Chief Resident, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, 2016

Select Recent Publications

Li D, Shirakawa N, Liu H. Embolic Protection Device, the Next Advancement in TAVR? Journal of Geriatric Cardiology. 2020.

Li D, Yao A, Liu H. Post thoracic surgery pain management: beyond epidural catheter? ransl Perioper & Pain Med. 2019.

Peng K, Li D, Applegate II RL, Lubarsky DA, Ji F, Liu H. Effect of dexmedetomidine on cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury: a meta-analysis with trial sequential analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2019.

Li D, Liu H. Cognitive Function Assessment Should Be Included in Preoperative Evaluation. Journal of Biomedical Research. 2018.

Chen J, Yang Y, Xiang K, Li D, Liu H. Combined Rifampin and Sulbactam Therapy for Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter Baumannii Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in Pediatric Patients. Journal of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. 2018.

Li D, Bohringer C and H Liu. What is ‘normal’ intraoperative blood pressure and do deviations from it really affect postoperative outcome? The Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017;39(2): 79-81.

Durr ML, Van Zante A, Li D, Kezirian EJ and SJ Wang. Oral Tongue Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Never-Smokers: Analysis of Clinicopathologic Characteristics and Survival. Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. 2013;1(49): 89-96.

Durr ML, Li D and SJ Wang. Oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma in never smokers: Analysis of clinicopathologic characteristics and survival. American Journal of Otolaryngology. 2013;(34) 388-393.

Li D. Transesophageal Echocardiography Chapter. Fundamentals of Emergency Ultrasound (Elsevier). 2019.