Ryan J. Li M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Assistant professor

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (578 Ratings, 200 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)

Special focus on

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
  • TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS)


  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2008
  • Residency:

    • Otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2014
  • Fellowship:

    • Head and neck surgery, microvascular reconstruction, Stanford University, 2015
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery (2015)


Dr. Li specializes in treating head and neck cancers, thyroid and parathyroid diseases, and performing complex reconstructions of head and neck wounds and deformities. He has advanced training in microvascular reconstruction that allows tissues from elsewhere on the body to be transferred to the head and neck where skin, muscle, or bone need to be restored. 

Dr. Li is devoted to working alongside patients and their loved ones through their treatments. Together with the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team, he surrounds patients with gentle, clear and comprehensive care. Dr. Li and the team are dedicated to being patient advocates continually in the years after they complete treatment, to ensure the best quality of life they can achieve.   

In his spare time, Dr. Li enjoys the time spent with his wife, Myriam Loyo Li, also a member of the OHSU family, in her role as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He relishes the company of his extended family spread out over Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong and the eastern United States. Tennis, running, indoor wall climbing and hiking are his hobbies as he enjoys what beautiful Oregon has to offer.

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Head and Neck Society (AHNS)

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (578 Ratings, 200 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 27, 2019

    Excellent, professional, Dr Li takes time to discuss and listen. An excellent surgeon.

  • Dec 27, 2019

    Dr. Li was extremely attentive and answered all my questions. He gave me peace of mind to help me make an informed decision. I appreciate the amount of time he gave me and ensured that all my questions were answered prior to me leaving. Thank you!

  • Dec 21, 2019


  • Dec 18, 2019

    As always very pleasant and informative. Everything was explained well to my understanding. Keep this one excellent MD

  • Dec 18, 2019

    Dr. Li is probably the most capable, kind and responsive medical provider I have ever dealt with. He has a very delightful and competent support staff

  • Dec 18, 2019

    Dr. Li is always the best.

  • Dec 17, 2019

    Very good and professional service, love Dr. Li

  • Dec 08, 2019

    I really enjoyed my appointment with Dr. Li and his staff and I was very comfortable and it just was a good experience. Thank you.

  • Dec 07, 2019

    Professional and personable. Constantly checked in to ensure lack of fear and understanding of procedure.

  • Dec 06, 2019

    Very nice doctor, caring and listens to your concerns.

  • Dec 06, 2019

    Dr. Li is very conscientious and caring. Always listens patiently and carefully to me. He answers all my quest and cares about my health and well-being. I trust him complete to take good care of me.

  • Dec 03, 2019

    Dr Ryan Li and staff are truly amazing! Never did I feel uncomfortable since the procedure was throughly explained. The staff were so helpful keeping my wife informed and directing her to a waiting area. The whole process was fantastically professional, efficient, and comforting. Thanks to all involved!

  • Nov 30, 2019

    He's excellent, very nice, very caring, answered every question. Everybody was perfect in there. Very professional would like to see him all the time.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Awesome. Got answers and all staff were amazing

  • Nov 20, 2019

    I like Dr. Lee slot. He's a person, not a cold clinical Dr. And the staff are nice too.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    I was very, very happy with Dr. Li and his staff. They got us in ahead of schedule. They were very inquisitive. They took a fantastic care of our needs. We recommend it to anybody.

  • Nov 13, 2019

    Dr. Li and his staff have always been friendly, caring and professional. I feel confident in my care and appreciate their continued support in my healing process.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Dr. Li made me feel very competent that he....confident that he was going to take good care of me and he did not let me down. I feel very relieved at him having taken care of me. I appreciate his service to me.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Dr. Li is a very kind, caring, and extraordinarily knowledgeable doctor relating to his field. I would recommend him to anyone that needs to see an ENT surgeon. He is just a phenomenal physician. Thank you.

  • Nov 05, 2019

    Very nice and great staff

  • Nov 01, 2019

    Both Dr Li and his staff were very compassionate and had great bedside manner.

  • Nov 01, 2019

    The only thing that I found that was a little difficult that day was we waited about an hour and a half in the waiting, in the room waiting to see the doctor. So that's the only Improvement I could say other than that. It was is awesome. That's all I can say is worth waiting Just to let you know, thank you.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Excellent care by all the staff. Very personable.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    As always a very caring, pleasant doctor I respect his knowledge and how he talks to you. Best doc ever!

  • Oct 25, 2019

    I think Dr. Li is a phenomenal doctor. He's a very thoughtful and careful consultants I've seen twice now and very grateful for his service both times. I would recommend anybody who had (INAUDIBLE) issues.

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Dr Li was very kind and worked with us on a time for my husbands surgery. Ver personable.

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Very professional and informative.

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Comforting atmosphere, people who truly care and explain options and procedures. Truly professional and dedicated Doctors and Residents. Highly recommend!

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Excellent care and expertise.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Number one, I'm 91 years old and I have bad hearing. This much I understood is OHSU is extremely good and Dr. Li was absolutely outstanding and wonderful and knowledgeable doctor and very, very, caring and I can't say nothing more than he's just great and I was very happy that I will recommend it to him and this is all I want to say and thank you very much. Hello.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Excellent care

  • Oct 14, 2019

    My experience was wonderful!!! Easy in, easy out! The Dr. made the procedure really easy and simple and explained things every step of the way.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    I had a very good experience with the doctor. He was very down to earth and friendly and seemed really know what he was talking about. And yeah, I'd go back to him anytime and I hope to hear from him soon. About my appointment at OSXU you I love I love that hospital. Anyway, my youngest daughter was born there, so I liked it.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Dr. Li was a very good EMT doctor. He was very honest, and I'd recommend him to anyone.

  • Oct 02, 2019

    Dr. Li was professional as always. It is a pleasure to meet with him and his team as we monitor my condition. I would particularly like to thank his team members who deal with insurance companies. My carrier wanted me to go back to the doctor I left in 2012 when Dr. Gross (Dr. Li's predecessor) provided a second opinion that allowed me to avoid invasive surgery; they convinced the carrier that I should remain under Dr. Li's continuing care.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    Very compassionate and professional care, from the admin staff to the nurses, doctors and surgeons, my care was excellent.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Dr Li is exceptional. He goes out of his to take time with the individual patient. He is thorough and answers all questions. He’s even called me at home to check in.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    provider was very personable - answered questions fully, respected my concerns and feelings. I will be back

  • Sep 13, 2019

    I was very pleased. I think that was the shortest wait time I have ever had in a doctors office. I was in the wait room less than 3 minutes before being called back and then two of the students were there in less than 5 minutes.

  • Sep 13, 2019

    Dr. Li is the best guy you have up there better. Give him a big, big salary increase. He's holding at her place together. He's the most valuable person you have if you're paying him less than a couple of hundred dollars per year. He's under valued, so you better get it in line recognize what a treasure you have in Dr. Li and increase his salary ten fold. That's it.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Top notch. Very personalized.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Dr. Ryan Li was great. He provided us with different options for for our complaint, and he answered all our questions and spent adequate time with us explaining things in detail asking if we understood and was very pleasant. Thank you.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Dr. Li has always been there the last 6 years for me - a tremendous guy, always doing something to help.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    The best

  • Aug 28, 2019

    Dr. Lee and his assistant were wonderful once we got to them. The check-in process was a bit much, first having to wait in line for a general check in, and then again at the desk. It was much easier before only checking in at the desk when it was up the hill.Unfortunately, with ended up waiting for 45 minutes before the doctor came in to our room. I know there are exceptions, but punctuality could be improved a lot!

  • Aug 23, 2019

    Dr. Li was probably the best doctor I have ever met. His communication skills were outstanding. He was compassionate. He explained things clearly and he... I just would recommend him highly to anyone.

  • Aug 18, 2019

    Dr. Ryan Li with efficient good teacher to some of the other doctors that were in the room explain things very well, very clear and decisive. Just easy to communicate with.

  • Aug 18, 2019


  • Aug 16, 2019

    Dr. Ryan Li kept us waiting about an hour but that was good, because we knew that he was taking valuable time with a former patient and we hoped that he would do the same with us, which he did, and that was a good thing. Doctors don't need to be in a big hurry and he was not.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    Satisfactory, as always.