Zhongyu John Li, M.D., Ph.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.6 out of 5

283 Ratings

Zhongyu John Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Surgery Vascular

Clinical Interests

Peripheral Nerve Repair, Arthroscopy of the shoulder/elbow/wrist, Upper Extremity Injury and Pathology, Birth Palsy, Brachial Plexus, Axillary Nerve Injury, Scapular Winging, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Arthroscopic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Hand Surgery,

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Education & Training

  • M.D., Zhejiang University Hangzhou-China, 1987
  • M.S., Shanghai Medical Univ Affiliate Hospitals-China, 1992
  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University, 1997
  • Fellowship, Hand Surgery, Hua Shan Hospital Shanghai-Chi, 1994
  • Internship, Surgery, Suny-Stony Brk Affil Hosps, 1999
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Suny-Stony Brk Affil Hosps, 2004
  • Fellowship, Hand Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospita, 2005

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Am Academy Of Orthopaedic Surg
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Amer Assoc of Peripheral Nerve
  • Southeastern Hand Club
  • Southern Orthopedic Assn
  • Sunderland Society
  • Western Nc Chpt Soc For Neuros
  • Am Board Of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Am Orthopaedic Assn
  • Am Soc Of Surgery Of The Hand

NPI Number

  • 1922082304
Zhongyu John Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

283 Ratings

Zhongyu John Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Orthopaedics
Associate Professor, Surgery Vascular

Research Interests

education/training (all f, t,, health services, research/outc

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Recent Publications

Chen WA, Schippert DW, Daws SB, Koman LA, Li Z. Surgical algorithm and results of isolated traumatic axillary nerve injuries. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2016;32(3):208-214.

Li Z, Reynolds M, Satteson E, Nazir O, Petit J, Smith BP. Double distal intraneural fascicular nerve transfers for lower brachial plexus injuries. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2016;():.

Crouch DL, Santago AC II, Plate JF, Li Z, Saul KR. Relationship between maximum isometric joint moment and functional task performance in patients with brachial plexus injury: a pilot study. Gait Posture. 2016;44():238-244.

Luo TD, Alton TB, Apel PJ, Cai J, Barnwell JC, Sonntag WE, Smith TL, Li Z. Effects of age, IGF-1 on rat neurotrophin receptor expression after nerve injury. Muscle Nerve. 2016;():.

Langford MA, Cheung K, Li Z. Percutaneous distraction pinning for metacarpophalangeal joint stabilization after blast or crush injuries of the hand. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015;473(9):2785-2789.

Satteson ES, Li Z. Anteriorly positioned ulnar nerve at the elbow: a rare anatomical event: case report. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2015;40(5):984-986.

Stone AV, Xu NM, Patterson RW, Koman LA, Smith BP, Li Z. Five-year mortality for patients with end-stage renal disease who undergo upper extremity amputation. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2015;40(4):666-672.

Chen WA, Plate JF, Li Z. Effect of setting of initial surgical drainage on outcome of finger infections. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2015;24(1):36-41.

Cheng W, Cornwall R, Crouch DL, Li Z, Saul KR. Contributions of muscle imbalance and impaired growth to postural and osseous shoulder deformity following brachial plexus birth palsy: a computational simulation analysis. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2015;40(6):1170-1176.

Plate JF, Gaffney DL, Emory CL, Mannava S, Smith BP, Koman LA, Wiesler ER, Li Z. Randomized comparison of volar locking plates and intramedullary nails for unstable distal radius fractures. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2015;40(6):1095-1101.

Satteson ES, Langford MA, Li Z. The management of complications of small joint arthrodesis and arthroplasty. Hand Clin. 2015;31(2):243-266.

Chen WA, Gluck GS, Li Z. Needle curette technique for hand surgery. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2015;19(3):108-109.

Crouch DL, Hutchinson ID, Plate JF, Antoniono J, Gong H, Cao G, Li Z, Saul KR. Biomechanical basis of shoulder osseous deformity and contracture in a rat model of brachial plexus birth palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015;97(15):1264-1271.

Cartwright MS, Griffin LP, Dowlen H, Bargoil JM, Caress JB, Li ZJ, Defranzo AJ Jr, Wiesler ER, Tuohy CJ, Balakrishnan N, Molnar JA, Baute V, Koman LA, Poehling GG, Walker FO. A randomized trial of diagnostic ultrasound to improve outcomes in focal neuropathies. Muscle Nerve. 2015;52(5):746-753.

Pace LA, Plate JF, Mannava S, Barnwell JC, Koman LA, Li Z, Smith TL, Van Dyke M. A human hair keratin hydrogel scaffold enhances median nerve regeneration in nonhuman primates: an electrophysiological and histological study. Tissue Eng Part A. 2014;20(3-4):507-517.

Crouch DL, Plate JF, Li Z, Saul KR. Computational sensitivity analysis to identify muscles that can mechanically contribute to shoulder deformity following brachial plexus birth palsy. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2014;39(2):303-311.

Braun BM, Li Z, Wiesler ER. Dissatisfaction after trapezial-metacarpal arthroplasty. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2014;39(5):973-975.

Islam A, Edgerton C, Stafford JM, Koman A, Li Z, Smith BP, Edwards MS, Corriere MA. Anatomic findings and outcomes associated with upper extremity arteriography and selective thrombolysis for acute finger ischemia. J Vasc Surg. 2014;60(2):410-417.

Choudhry IK, Bracey DN, Hutchinson ID, Li Z. Comparison of transposition techniques to reduce gap associated with high ulnar nerve lesions. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2014;39(12):2460-2463.

Plate JF, Ely LK, Pulley BR, Smith BP, Li Z. Combined proximal nerve graft and distal nerve transfer for a posterior cord brachial plexus injury. J Neurosurg. 2013;118(1):155-159.

Crouch DL, Plate JF, Li Z, Saul KR. Biomechanical contributions of posterior deltoid and teres minor in the context of axillary nerve injury: a computational study. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2013;38(2):241-249.

Islam A, Edgerton C, Andrews JS, Edwards MS, Koman A, Li ZY, Corriere MA. Anatomic findings and outcomes associated with arteriography and thrombolysis for acute finger ischemia [abstract]. J Vasc Surg. 2013;57(5 Suppl):100S.

Chung KC, Kim HM, Haase SC, Lawton J, Ozer K, Waljee JF, Nellans K, Malay S, Shauver MJ, Rozental TD, Appleton P, Rodriguez E, Herder L, Wagner K, Blazar P, Earn B, Li ZY, Koman A, Smith B, Bullard D, et al. Reflections 1 year into the 21-Center National Institutes of Health--funded WRIST study: a primer on conducting a multicenter clinical trial. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2013;38(6):1194-1201.

Xu NM, Brown PJ, Plate JF, Nazir OF, Gluck GS, Stitzel JD, Li Z. Fibrin glue augmentation for flexor tendon repair increases friction compared with epitendinous suture. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2013;38(12):2329-2334.

Nunez FA Jr, Barnwell J, Li Z, Nunez FA Sr. Metaphyseal ulnar shortening osteotomy for the treatment of ulnocarpal abutment syndrome using distal ulna hook plate: case series. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2012;37(8):1574-1579.

Halvorson JJ, Pilson HT-P, Carroll EA, Li ZJ. Orthopaedic management in the polytrauma patient. Front Med. 2012;6(3):234-242.

Walker FO, Lyles MF, Li Z. Sheet fitting palsy. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2012;14(1):48-50.

Deal DN, Barnwell J, Li Z. Soft-tissue coverage of complex dorsal hand and finger defects using the turnover adipofascial flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2011;27(2):133-138.

Chen WA, Barnwell JC, Li Y, Smith BP, Li Z. An ulnar intraneural ganglion arising from the pisotriquetral joint: case report. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2011;36(1):65-67.

Chi JC, Gerancher JC, Harle TS, Li Z. An elevated hemidiaghram [sic] after infraclavicular block due to eventration of the diaphragm [abstract]. In: Spring 2011 Abstract Archive of the 36th Annual Regional Anesthesia Meeting & Workshops of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine; 2011 May 5-8; Las Vegas (NV). 2011;():abstr 60.

Koman LA, Smith BP, Smith TL, Ruch DS, Li Z. Vascular disorders In: Wolfe SW, Hotchkiss RN, Pederson WC, Kozin SH, eds. Green's operative hand surgery, vol 2. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone;2011: 2197-2240.

Cardoso R, Li Z. Novel wire external fixation technique for proximal phalanx pilon fractures: technique and 2 case reports. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2011;15(3):162-165.

Patterson RW, Li Z, Smith BP, Smith TL, Koman LA. Complex regional pain syndrome of the upper extremity. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2011;36(9):1553-1562.

Crouch DL, Li Z, Barnwell JC, Plate JF, Daly M, Saul KR. Computer simulation of nerve transfer strategies for restoring shoulder function after adult C5 and C6 root avulsion injuries. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2011;36(10):1644-1651.

Chen WA, Koman LA, Li Z. Arthroscopic treatment of an osteochondral lesion in a child with chronic wrist pain: case report. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2011;36(11):1822-1825.

Koman LA, Li Z, Smith BP, Smith TL. Complex regional pain syndrome: types I and II In: Skirven TM, Osterman AL, Fedorczyk J, Amadio PC, eds. Rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby;2011: 1470-1478.

Harreld KL, Li H, Li Z. Orthopaedic . radiology . pathology conference: painful palmar mass in a 36-year-old woman. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010;468(3):917-920.

Apel PJ, Ma J, Callahan M, Northam CN, Alton TB, Sonntag WE, Li Z. Effect of locally delivered IGF-1 on nerve regeneration during aging: an experimental study in rats. Muscle Nerve. 2010;41(3):335-341.

Li Z, Chloros GD, Smith BP, Smith TL, Koman LA. Management of upper extremity pain and vascular disorders In: Trumble TE, Rayan GM, Budoff JE, Baratz ME, eds. Principles of hand surgery and therapy. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier;2010: 270-285.

Li Z, Smith BP, Tuohy C, Smith TL, Koman LA. Complex regional pain syndrome after hand surgery. Hand Clin. 2010;26(2):281-289.

Li ZY, Cardoso R. Distraction external fixation for comminuted fractures of the base of the proximal phalanx [letter]. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2010;35(6):508-509.

Harreld K, Li Z. Intramedullary fixation of distal radius fractures. Hand Clin. 2010;26(3):363-372.

Li Z, Barnwell J, Tan J, Koman LA, Smith BP. Microcomputed tomography characterization of shoulder osseous deformity after brachial plexus birth palsy: a rat model study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010;92(15):2583-2588.

Li Z, Smith BP, Holden M, Koman LA. Periarterial sympathectomy of the foot for the treatment of necrotizing Raynaud's phenomena. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2009;25(2):133-137.

Apel PJ, Alton T, Northam C, Ma J, Callahan M, Sonntag WE, Li Z. How age impairs the response of the neuromuscular junction to nerve transection and repair: an experimental study in rats. J Orthop Res. 2009;27(3):385-393.

Chloros GD, Crosby N, Apel P, Li Z. Anomalous vasculature as direct cause of upper brachial plexus thoracic outlet syndrome. Joint Bone Spine. 2009;76(1):92-94.

Chloros GD, Wiesler ER, Papadonikolakis A, Li Z, Smith BP, Koman LA. Complex regional pain syndrome after distal radius fractures In: Slutsky DJ, Osterman AL, eds. Fractures and injuries of the distal radius and carpus: the cutting edge. Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier;2009: 247-257.

Harreld KL, Apel P, Koman LA, Li ZY. Lunate-lunate facet ratio and variance to predict articular gap after distal radius fracture. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2009;34(9):1625-1632.

Li Z, Wiesler ER, Smith BP, Koman LA. Surgical treatment of pediatric trigger thumb with metacarpophalangeal hyperextension laxity. Hand (N Y). 2009;4(4):380-384.

Wiesler ER, Chloros GD, Xu NM, Li Z. A rare cause of thoracic outlet syndrome. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2008;128(1):33-35.

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Professor, Orthopaedics

Clinical Interests

Peripheral Nerve Repair, Arthroscopy of the shoulder/elbow/wrist, Upper Extremity Injury and Pathology, Birth Palsy, Brachial Plexus, Axillary Nerve Injury, Scapular Winging, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Arthroscopic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Hand Surgery, Microvascular and Replantation Surgery
Zhongyu John Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Zhongyu John Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Orthopaedics
Surgery Vascular

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I,m Am very Impressed Withe Dr Li And His Nurse They Also Took Care Of My Husband When He Was Injured He Knows What he Is Doing After Three Drs. Who Could,t Find Anything Wrong Dr Li Took One Look And showed Me The Problems.


Dr.Li is a very knowledgeable and caring physician. I have and will continue to recommend him to others.


Dr. Li is an absolutely excellent doctor (please see more details in another Comment section about Dr. Li).


Dr. Li is an awesome doctor!


Very informative and caring


No problem with provider he listens to all of my questions and concerns.


Very good care. All ways.


He is the Best!




Did not give me enough time ti explain further medical problems.


I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Li, and have recommended him in the past, and will continue to do so. He is a very professional, and friendly person whom I have come to trust completely regarding the care that he has and will provide for myself, as well as anyone in my family.


*Dr. Li is a very professional, expert surgeon/with a caring concern for his patient - I would recommend him very highly and so glad I found him for my fractured waist surgery.


I think Dr Lu and his staff are wonderful.


A doctor has to talk - he was in the room maybe 2 minutes.


Dr. Li is wonderful


Some visits have been great and others not so good. I think Dr. Li is a great surgeon but lack in patient relations. I will probably seek a new Doctor for my current hand problem.


My experience with *Dr. Li has been very informative & most enjoyable, caring professional.


Dr. Li is amazing as well and I am so very thankful that we found him!


Dr. Li specializes in the treatment of hand injuries and conditions. I would recommend him to friends.


*Dr. Li is great. Very caring & compassionate.




Not only is Dr. Li brilliant he has a terrific sense of humor & warmth.


Dr. Li and his team provided great care.


any explanation shortcomings would have been due to my not knowing what question to ask.

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