Michelle L. Li, MD, FACS

General & Endocrine Surgeon

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF

Vice-Chair of the Department of Surgery, CPMC

Michelle L. Li, MD  is a  general and endocrine surgeon and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCSF and Vice-Chair of the Department of Surgery at CPMC. Dr. Li received her MD from University of California, San Diego and completed her general surgery residency at UCSF. Dr. Li has extensive expertise in the treatment of benign and malignant endocrine  disease as well as a broad range of gastrointestinal conditions. As an academically trained surgeon, Dr. Li is highly skilled in laparoscopic surgery and other minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Li a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of numerous  professional organizations including the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the field.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery


  • Stanford University, BS, Biological  Sciences with Honors. BA, International Relations
  • University of California, San Diego, MD


  • UCSF Medical Center, General Surgery


  • Clinical and Research Fellow, USCF/San Francisco VA Medical Center

Clinical Expertise

  • Anorectal Disease
  • Benign and Malignant Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodules

Hospital Affiliations

  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Chinese Hospital
  • Davies Medical Center
  • Presidio Surgery Center
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Hospital

Professional Associations

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • Naffziger Surgical Society
  • San Francisco Surgical Society
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)