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Yongjie Li

Yongjie Li

Professor and Director 

Beijing Institute of Functional Neurosurgery

Department of Functional Neurosurgery XuanWu Hospital 

Capital Medical University 

West Essence Clinic 

Educations and Professional Employment History

1979.9.-1984.7.     MD, Beijing University Medical School,Beijing
1984.7.-1986.9.     Resident, Dept. of Neurosurgery, First Affiliated Hospital of Shanxi Medical University, China
1986.9.-1991.7.     PhD (Neurophysiology), Shanxi Medical University
1991.7.-1994.7.     Senior Resident, Dept. of Neurosurgery, First Affiliated Hospital of Shanxi Medical University,China
1994.7.-1996.1.     Fellow, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
1996.2.-1998.5.     Specialist & Research Associate, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, California
1998.5.- Now         Professor & Chairman, Beijing Institute of Functional Neurosurgery, Xuan Wu Hospital, Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing. 


Yongjie Li obtained his doctor’s degree at Shanxi Medical University and received post-doctoral training at John Hopkins University in America. Before returning to China, he had worked as expert in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the medical center of Loma Linda University in California, U.S. Awarded the title of “excellent scholar educated overseas” by the Consulate General of China, Dr. Li Yongjie founded Beijing Institute of Functional Neurosurgery in 1998 and started the operations in functional brain disorders in China, using advanced surgical techniques widely known as “cyto-knife” or nucleus ablation Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the institute, Prof. Li and his team have already performed surgeries for 8000 patients, and the clinic has received nearly 70,000 patients.

Prof. Li has trained more than 70 medical students for master’s and doctor’s degrees and published more than 200 papers. He also serves in Committee of Neurosurgery and Neuropsychology in Chinese Society for Neuroscience and acts as vice-chairman of Pain Medicine society and Functional Neurosurgery Group in Chinese Medical Association.

Prof. Li is specialized in surgical therapies for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, epilepsy, chronic pain, cranial nerve diseases, cerebral palsy and psychosis.

Three representative publications:

  1. Yongjie Li, etc. Manipulation Criterion for Clinical Techniques(cimpiled by Chinese Medical Association), volume of neurosurgery, People’s Military Medical Publishing House, 2007.3 
  2. Yongjie Li, etc, Clinical diagnosis guidelines(Compiled by Chinese Medical Association), volume of neurosurgery, People's Health Publishing House,2006.12
  3. Yongjie Li, Microinvasive neurosurgery, Chapter 16, application of microinvasive techniques in functional neurosurgery, 2005, 487~503. 

Research Interests:

(1)   Mechanism exploring and surgical treatment of movement disorders and psychological diseases

Beijing institute of functional neurosurgery is one of the first institutes in China specialized in surgery for Parkinson’s Disease including the first case of nucleus ablation and deep brain stimulation (DBS). In recent years, the clinical spectrum has been greatly broadened to essential tremor, dystonia and psychological disorders such as Tourette Syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and so on. At the same time, prof. Li and his team have also explored the mechanism of Parkinson’s disease, cooperating with other great scientific research institutes in China.


(2)   Diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy

This direction is focused at drug-resistant epilepsy, including diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Our epilepsy groups skillfully perform intracranial electrode implantation and electrical cortical stimulation in order to localize epileptogenic zone and map the functional domination of brain. In recent years , vagus nerve stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation have also been developed for patients who have contraindication for craniotomy.


(3)   surgical therapy for chronic pain

This direction is to develop surgical methods to treat chronic and intractable pain, which including. dorsal root entry zonectomy, spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. Endoscopic spine surgery has recently been applied to relieve the symptoms of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation.

Awards and Honors:

(1)   Molecular Genetics research in Parkinson’s Disease. First Prize awarded by Chinese Medical Association, 2002-12-29

(2)   Molecular Genetics research in Parkinson’s Disease. First Prize awarded by Ministry of Education, 2003-1-1  


1. Ma Kai, Li Yongjie*, Zhuang Ping.  Long-term results of selective dorsal rhizotomy for hereditary spastic paraparesis. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 21(2014)116-120
2. Zhang Xi,Zhang Guojun,Yu Tao,Ni Duanyu,Cai Lixin,Qiao Liang,Du Wei,Li Yongjie*. Surgical treatment for epilepsy involving language cortices: a combined process of electrical cortical stimulation mapping and intra-operative continuous language assessment Seizure  European Journal of Epilepsy 22(9)(2013)780-785.
3. Li Jiping, Zhang Yuqing,  Zhu Hongwei, Li Yongjie*.  Prognostic value of intra-operative abnormal muscle response monitoring during microvascular drcompression for long-term outcome of hemifacial spasm.  Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.19(2012)44-48
4. Tao Yu, Guojun Zhang, Michael H. Kohrman, Yuping Wang, Lixin Cai, Wei Shu, Yuanyuan Piao, Yongjie Li*. A retrospective study comparing preoperative evaluation and postoperative outcomes in paediatric and adult patients undergoing surgical resection for refractory epilepsy. . Seizure 21(2012)444-449
5. Liang Qiao, Xin Cui, Yongjie Li*. Status Epilepticus attributed to moxifloxacin in an adolescent patient with spina bifida occulta.  Eur J Clin Pharmacol,  2011:67:103-104.