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 (522 Ratings, 154 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 (522 Ratings, 154 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

  • Jul 31, 2019


  • Jul 24, 2019


  • Jul 17, 2019

    Great as usual

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Listens, communicates clearly and cares.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Wonderful, as always.

  • Jul 05, 2019

    He is very informative and the technology he had to show give us a good picture of what he was looking at and why he was diagnosing the way he was and just a very nice person. Thank you.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    Great Doctor and person.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    I have always been very well attended by the doctor and the nurses and thank you.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    The experience was really good. They were fast. I got there at 2:30 and was out of there at 2:50. Like I said, a really fast response and they got right to the point. It was good.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    He was excellent. I rate him a hundred. Okay?

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I really appreciate Dr. Li. He kept us informed. He kept my husband informed. He answered all my questions just did a fabulous bed side manner, very warm person and understood that I was anxious and I so appreciated that and I would recommend him to anyone going forward. Also the nurse who took care of me, Elizabeth, I think they called her Lisa, she was amazing. Just amazing. I just had a wonderful time up there and I would recommend OHSU to ... to any of my family or friends. Thanks.

  • Jun 21, 2019

    He understood I was feeling anxious about the surgery and answered all my questions. He also explained things in a way I could understand and reassured me that my other conditions would be taken into consideration for the surgery.

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Dr. Ryan Li was very helpful in my cancer questions and concerns. We left feeling much better.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    Dr. Li was very professional and hey got my cancer out. I'm pretty happy. He was always right. talking about stuff I'm just happy to had Dr. Li. Thank you.

  • Jun 12, 2019


  • Jun 12, 2019

    Everyone was very efficient and professional.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Very informative. Was caring

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Room could be warmer

  • Jun 05, 2019

    The new facilities are great!

  • Jun 05, 2019

    Friendly, understanding and clearly communicated issues/concerns as well as involving me in creating a plan to work on the issue that prompted me to make the apt in the first place

  • Jun 05, 2019

    Dr. Ryan Li has always taken a personal and a very professional tone to my brother. He's 86 years old, a veteran, has numerous things that are wrong with him. He has always listened to him. He's always given him the best advice and he has by far been the best Dr. My brother has ever been associated with. The cancer surgery that was done at your hospital with above and beyond on his age and for the time that he was in surgery, 17 hours. I would recommend Dr. Li with his abilities and his k ind, kind ways of..... of working with people to be one of the best professionals I have ever had

  • May 29, 2019

    Prompt, professional and thorough -- as usual.

  • May 29, 2019

    Dr Li answered our many questions, gave us the reality of the situation with a positive outlook. He is a great communicator and put us at ease.

  • May 29, 2019

    He was professional and did what I needed him to do. :)

  • May 24, 2019

    I thought he was really detailed. I liked that he answered my question and seemed to have a good you know, good ... he was attentive and I appreciated that. Only thing I wish ... I would like to have gotten fee ... or heard back from him ... his scheduler by now and it's been about 5 days so or actually no, I'm sorry, it's been 4 days. So that's it. Thanks.

  • May 19, 2019

    Dr Li is the best communicator I've met in the medical profession. He is very thorough and makes sure everything discussed is fully understood.

  • May 18, 2019

    I arrived early and was seen quickly. Dr Li explained options and how I should proceed. I felt very informed.

  • May 16, 2019

    Dr. Li is an amazing man.He led the team that performed the surgery on me in 2017. He probably saved my life.During the recovery period, he and his students took time I am sure was very precious, to assure me when uncertainty was overwhelming.If all doctors were like Dr. Li, the whole world would be a far better place.It already is - because he is here.

  • May 16, 2019

    Very good doctor with great communication skills

  • May 16, 2019

    Dr Li and Dr Kim are great. They listened to my wife and I about my problems and came up with some ideas on how to resolve or get to the bottom of my problem

  • May 13, 2019

    Excellent care.

  • May 10, 2019


  • May 09, 2019

    He's an excellent doctor and I appreciate you very much. Hey listens, and he tells you about things and I appreciate it. So I would recommend anybody to go see Dr. Li. Thank you.

  • May 04, 2019

    Yes, Dr. Lee is one of the best doctors that I've ever had. He's kind, compassionate, and puts you at ease the minute he walks in the room and after being sick for 40 years with lupus and many other illnesses Dr. Lee is one of the most outstanding doctors and just the most incredible human being that I've Had The Good [Name] to meet I would highly recommend Dr. Lee at have recommended him, too all of my friends Thank you. [Name] sincerely [Name]

  • May 04, 2019

    This is [Name] I have tonsil tongue and cancer and my neck and Dr. Lee was the first person I ever saw for this. He was very professional. He described the surgery he would perform excellently. He did the surgery excellently. I have a blood vessel rupture in my neck while I was in the hospital and he literally came running from his office during the code blue and saved my life and I can't begin to tell you how indebted I am. He is a wonderful man., a great surgeon very helpful and *

  • May 04, 2019

    Yeah, I think Dr. Ryan Li was very analytical. He was scientific when he was dealing with the issue that I was having with cancer. He ordered the tests. They were able to be ordered quickly and the only concern I have is in the new location. The knowledge of offices and where to go to get blood and things like that. But ultimately, I think Dr. Ryan Li, that that doesn't reflect on him at all. I think that he did a great job on surgery and I feel fantastic and the healing process has been better than most people expected or most that have had the same surgery before and l....I really appreciate his, also his personality. He's very kind. But also he....he seems very knowledgeable.

  • Apr 07, 2019

    Dr. Li made time just to see me when Dr. Loyo was out of town and he was the perfect blend of knowledge, explanation, and compassion. You are so lucky to have the two of them!

  • Apr 03, 2019

    I was comfortable with him. He's a very sharp, intelligent, well versed . I can't see a thing bad about him. The guy was just wonderful. He really eased my mind on things. I recommend him. He's the best. I could.... I would like to have him operate on me all the time for all my ailments. He did a wonderful job. I was really impressed, a nice fellow. I felt like I gained a new friend and I'll be able to tell him to just about anything and I'm sure he'll tell me anything. I appreciated it. Yes, thank you. I wish we were all like that. I can hardly wait. I think that's about it. Nothing but compliments so far this way. Now, if I could just get there and get parked easier.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    They cared for me very well. Thanks.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Excellent care, great doctors and staff.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Professional. Listened to my concerns and had answers. Inspired trust

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Dr. Li takes as much time with me as I need. He explains things in a way that a non medical person can understand follows up when he says he will. He is very knowledgeable and professional as well as personable.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    It was very is assuring very knowledgeable. I feel very comfortable with him being my doctor.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    A very personable Dr. with excellent social and patient skills. Very kind and pleasant.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    He was very polite, he explained the surgery very mannerly & I will feel really relaxed & relieved he is operating on me

  • Mar 11, 2019

    Very good

  • Mar 11, 2019

    Fantastic doctors and staff is great.

  • Mar 10, 2019

    Everyone was extremely nice. Dr Li took good care to explain procedure and during the procedure, was sensitive to my needs. I felt comfortable and cared for by Dr. Li and assistant.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Dr. Li is a great guy. He... virtually saved me from cancer and I highly recommend him in any case. He's a great great doctor.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Very informative ,,friendly.