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Sports Medicine
Shoulder, Knee and Hip Surgery
Shoulder Replacement

Ryan Li, MD

Sports Medicine Center

Dr. Ryan Li is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon. His clinical and research interest include improving the management of complex shoulder instability and hip impingement, management of ACL knee injuries, shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff injuries.

Dr. Li continues to be active in research and has authored several peer-reviewed studies. He regularly presents his work at both national and international meetings and stays active in multiple sports medicine and orthopaedic societies. In the past, he has provided team coverage at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. He has served as an associate team physician for University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University sports and has helped care for athletes from the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

In his free time, Dr. Li enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding and traveling.

  • Medical School: The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Residency: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Fellowship: The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Li RT, Gould, H, Hu, E, Salata, MJ, Liu, RW. “Does Pelvic Rotation Alter Radiographic Parameters of Acetabular Coverage?” Accepted to Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
  • Li RT, Liu, RW, Neral, M, Gould, H, Hu, E, Nho, S, Salata, MJ. “Pelvic incidence is influenced by pelvic rotation in plain radiographs.” American Journal of Sports Medicine46(9): 2089-2095
  • Morris, WZ, Li RT, Liu, RW, Salata, MJ, Voos, JE. “Origin of Cam Morphology in Femoroacetabular Impingement.” American Journal of Sports Medicine 46(2): 478-486
  • Morris WZ, Li RT, and Liu RW. "The ‘triradiate bump’: a novel radiographic sign that may confound assessment of acetabular retroversion."Journal of children's orthopaedics(2016): 1-7.
  • Li RT, et al. "Wearable performance devices in sports medicine." Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach 8.1 (2016): 74-78.
  • Li RT,Borrero CG, Irrgang JJ. Clinical Response after Meniscectomy in the Aging Population: Data from the Knee Osteoarthritis Initiative. Pittsburgh Orthopedic Journal, 2012
  • Li RT,Borrero CG, Irrgang JJ.Degenerative Meniscus Tears in the Aging Population: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Pittsburgh Orthopedic Journal, 2012
  • Li RT, Lorenz S, Harner CD, Fu FH, Irrgang JJ. “Predictors of Knee Osteoarthritis after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” American Journal of Sports Medicine2011 39(12): 2592-2603
  • Erickson IE, Huang AH, Chung C, Li RT, Burdick JA, Mauck RL. “Differential maturation and structure-function relationships in mesenchymal stem cell- and chondrocyte-seeded hydrogels.” Tissue Engineering Part A 2008 15(5): 1041-1052
  • Li RT, Gould, H, Hu, E, Salata, MJ, Liu, RW. “Evaluating two methods of determining pelvic rotation when evaluating the false profile radiographic view.” Accepted to Hip International, in press
  • Li RT, Rambhia, S, Gould, H, Sheehan, J, Salata, MJ, Voos JE. “Positional Training Load Differences in Professional American Football Utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS) Wearable Sensors” Submitted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Seshadri D, Li RT, Eng W, Drummond C, Voos, JE. “Synergy of Wearable Devices with Data Analytics in Sports Medicine (Part 1).” Accepted to Nature: Biotechnology
  • Seshadri D, Li RT, Eng W, Drummond C, Voos, JE. “Synergy of Wearable Devices with Data Analytics in Sports Medicine (Part 2).” Accepted to Nature: Biotechnology
  • Li RT, Salata MJ, Rambhia S, Sheehan J, Voos JE. “Does Overexertion Correlate with Increased Injury? The Relationship between Player Load and Soft Tissue Injury in Professional American Football Players Utilizing Wearable Technology” Accepted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, in press
  • Arner JW, Li RT, Lawyer T, Disantis A, Zuckerbraun BS, Mauro CS. “Evaluation and treatment of Sports Hernia.” Submitted to American Journal of Orthopedics
  • Li RT, Rothrauff B, Fu FH. “Augmentation of single bundle ACL tears.” Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Sports Medicine, 2ndEdition
  • Vaudreuil, NJ, Arner J, Li RT, Musahl V. “Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with concomitant lateral extra-articular tenodesis for high grade anterolateral rotatory instability.” Knee Arthroscopy Repository, Pune Knee Course

The Star Ratings score is the average score a provider receives about his or her care on our Patient Satisfaction Survey conducted by Professional Research Corporation. Responses are on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. The Star Rating you see represents the average score a provider received for the past 12-month period as long as they had more than 30 ratings during that time frame.

4/27/2023 I don't know the name of the gentleman who took my x-ray, but he was the most memorable part of my experience. This guy was funny with great wit, which is right up my alley since I'm a professional comedian. His approach made me feel comfortable. He even gave me a little psychological counseling when I told him that I'm depressed about my health, and this made me feel better. He also prepped me for Dr. Li by telling me about Dr. Li's experience in sports medicine. He really spoke highly of Dr. Li, and this gave me much relief. You should really give this guy a big raise, because he's a great ambassador for your organization.

4/26/2023 Care they provided to me

4/25/2023 Dr. Li has my best interest as a fore most concern. We discussed my options and came to a consensus. There was no pressure to make a decision, just an informative discussion.

4/21/2023 I have been thoroughly impressed with Dr. Li. Courtney has been amazing at answering my questions on mychart and helping me in the recovery process from my first surgery

4/20/2023 Very good

4/11/2023 Yes!! Staff was very friendly, smiled a lot and made me feel very comfortable.

4/10/2023 Time spent with me was informative and thorough

3/23/2023 Dr. Li was a good listener and explained my current condition very well.

3/20/2023 All of it.

3/19/2023 Not at all everything went excellent

3/17/2023 The staff was very polite and professional

3/14/2023 The customer service abcs knowledge superb.

3/13/2023 The Customer Service from the whole team

3/11/2023 Dr. Ryan Li was very professional and I can tell he puts his patients first. He takes his time explaining everything and I highly recommend him to future patients. I'm scheduled for MRI and feel totally confident in his care.

3/10/2023 Dr. Li is an excellent doctor. The office staff is great.

2/25/2023 Very professional! Prompt signing in and timely entrance to exam rooms. Everyone very good at introducing themselves and being focused on my reason for being there.

2/21/2023 Staff was very courteous, Dr. Li was very attentive and helpful. Good experience! Would recommend Wake Orthopedic and especially Dr Li.

2/20/2023 Dr Li and his MA Catherine are amazing in providing me care. I have been coming in for over a year. They have helped me every step of the way with surgery and post-op care. Catherine has been awesome filling out my paperwork for my company and getting me whatever information I need from her or Dr. Li. This has been a tough road and I am having another shoulder surgery and eventually my knee surgery and I have confidence that they are providing me my care.

2/20/2023 The doctor listened and then explained things to me .

2/15/2023 Everything was outstanding we love Dr. Li

2/10/2023 The caring I felt from staff

1/31/2023 XRay tech was very kind

1/25/2023 All of it!

1/22/2023 Staffs are very nice and accommodating. Dr.Li genuinely care.

1/21/2023 The kindness and professionalism of the staff.

1/17/2023 Dr Li and the entire staff go above and beyond to help their patients. They are kind and considerate. You do not feel rushed.

1/16/2023 Very friendly and helpful

1/5/2023 Very professional and answered all questions

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