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 (588 Ratings, 185 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 (588 Ratings, 185 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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 14, 2019

    Excellent care

  • Oct 04, 2019

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

  • 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.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Li was very good.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    I was very pleased that Dr Li had the patience to listen to my questions and answer them thoughtfully.

  • Aug 12, 2019

    It was on time

  • Aug 12, 2019

    I was definitely excited to have Dr. Li, do my procedure because I felt he cared and also was very skilled at what he was doing. So I had a lot of confidence and peace when I went in for my procedure and that meant a lot to me.

  • Aug 11, 2019

    Dr. Li was very professional, very informative. I am a(INAUDIBLE) physician and appreciate his congenitally, his information and helping me through my thyroid cancer treatment.

  • Aug 09, 2019

    I received competent, friendly and thorough care

  • Aug 09, 2019

    Very good.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    Dr.Ryan J. Li is a Doctor with a strong work ethic; professional and knowledgeable, yet humble and compassionate. His smile and confidence made me trust in him, it gave the assurance and peace I so much needed. Thank you Dr. Li.

  • Aug 01, 2019

    Great. all questions answered

  • Jul 31, 2019


  • Jul 31, 2019

    Dr Li was easy to talk to and answered all of our questions. He did not seem to be in a hurry, he took the time to really listen and make sure that we felt comfortable with upcoming procedure.

  • Jul 31, 2019

    It was to the point and informative. A good first visit.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Always great with dr. Ryan Li and his crew. Prompt courteous and respectful

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Excellent in every aspect!

  • Jul 24, 2019


  • Jul 19, 2019

    One in most capable knowledgeable (INAUDIBLE) doctors I've ever met very patient oriented very conscientious of my feelings and my need. Absolutely 10 star all the way.

  • 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.