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Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Avon - Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Mandarin Chinese
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • High Risk Coronary Artery Intervention
  • Intravascular Imaging
  • Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgeries
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Percutaneous Coronary Interventions
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Microvascular Disease
  • Total Coronary Occlusions
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Biography

About Brian Li, MD

Brian Li, MD, FRCPC, is an interventional cardiologist in the Section of Regional Cardiovascular Medicine in the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He have outpatient clinics patients at Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center, and the Elyria Family Health Center. His cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures are based at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.

Treatment and Services: Chronic Total Occlusion PCI

Specialty Interests: Coronary Artery Disease, Chronic Total Occlusion, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Coronary Physiology, Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction, Percutaneous coronary and cardiac interventions; complex, high-risk coronary interventions; intravascular imaging, including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT); minimally invasive treatment of valvular heart disease; medical technology innovation

Experience: Dr. Li has performed more than 2000 percutaneous diagnostic and interventional coronary and cardiac procedures and has a special interest in coronary interventions, particularly those performed with intravascular imaging guidance for optimal outcomes. He employs advanced interventional techniques and often treats complex coronary artery diseases that require bifurcation techniques, atherectomy, intravascular lithotripsy, or hemodynamic support. He is also experienced in valvular heart disease procedures and treating critically ill patients with cardiogenic shock using mechanical circulatory support.

Dr. Li is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, and Interventional Cardiology.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic is nationally ranked and globally recognized as the world leader in cardiovascular care. To learn about patient outcomes for specific conditions and procedures at Cleveland Clinic, go to http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx.

Education: Dr. Li earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He completed his initial training there with residencies in internal medicine and cardiology. He began his subspecialty training as a fellow in interventional cardiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre of the University of Toronto and then pursued additional training through an interventional cardiology fellowship at Stanford Medical Center, Stanford, California.

Dr. Li was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2021 on completion of his Stanford fellowship. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University October 2023. 

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Li has been involved in the research and development of intracardiac medical devices and imaging technology since 2005. His innovations include hybrid intravascular IVUS-OCT, 3D intra-cardiac echocardiography, interstitial OCT, and 4D image processing algorithm for use with cardiac MRI. Beginning while he was an undergraduate design engineering student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, he co-invented and completed the initial development of a 3D forward-viewing intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter, as well as a hybrid intravascular imaging catheter combining intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT). The 3D ICE catheter works to visualize cardiac structures better and guide procedures, and the hybrid IVUS-OCT Brian Li, MD, FRCPC, is an interventional cardiologist in the Section of Regional Cardiovascular Medicine in the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He have outpatient clinics patients at Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center, and the Elyria Family Health Center. His cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures are based at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.

Outside of cardiology, in 2020 Dr. Li led the design and production of an N95-equivalent full-face mask for COVID-19 using 3D printing technology and off-the-shelf snorkel masks.

About Dr. Li: “I have a passion for interventional cardiology because it combines incredible clinical medicine with cutting-edge technology. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to care for patients and perform minimally invasive heart procedures. Because a lot of what we do are only made possible by technological advancements, I also look forward to pushing the frontiers of our care as a physician innovator.” 

Leisure Activities: In his spare time, Dr. Li enjoys photography, reading, culinary arts and spending time with his family.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2021

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Stanford Hospital and Clinics
Interventional Cardiology
Standford, CA USA
2021

Fellowship - University of Toronto Hospitals
Interventional Cardiology
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
2020

Residency - University of Toronto Hospitals
Adult Cardiology
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
2019

Residency - University of Toronto Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
2016

Medical Education - University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada
2013

Undergraduate - University of Waterloo
Systems Design Engineering with Co-op
Waterloo, ON Canada
2009

Professional Highlights

  • Certifications:
  • ABIM-Internal Medicine
  • ABIM-Cardiovascular Disease
  • ABIM-Interventional Cardiology
  • National Board of Echocardiography

Certifications

  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Adult Transthoracic Echocardiology
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Coronary Artery Disease, Chronic Total Occlusion, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Coronary Physiology, Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction. Percutaneous coronary and cardiac interventions; complex, high-risk coronary interventions; intravascular imaging, including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT); minimally invasive treatment of valvular heart disease; medical technology innovation

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 First place, Adult Cardiology, 34th Annual Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) Research Competition, University of Toronto
  • 2010 Have a Heart Bursary Program Award, Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy 
  • 2010 First place, Imaging for Cardiovascular Therapeutics Poster Competition, Imaging Network Ontario Symposium 

Innovations & Patents

  • Innovations 
  • 2020-present Reusable N95-equivalent full-face mask for COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2007-present Hybrid intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) for intracoronary imaging
  • 2012-2016 3D forward-viewing optical coherence tomography imaging (3D-OCT)
  • 2007-2011 3D forward-viewing intracardiac echocardiography (3D-ICE)
  • 2007 Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) algorithm: 4D automated cardiac MRI segmentation
  • 2005-2007 Interstitial Doppler optical coherence tomography (OCT) needle
  • Patents
  • Courtney BK, Munce NR, Thind AS, Yang VXD, Stuart Foster F, Soong A, Li BH, inventors; scanning mechanisms for imaging probe. United States patent US 8,460,195. 2013 Jun 11.

Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) in Cardiology and Internal Medicine
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  • Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/5/2023, Dr. Li has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Equity Dr. Li owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • Conavi Medical, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

110 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Dr. Li is amazing! I have never dealt with a doctor of his caliber who is so kind, understanding, and professional

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

The doctor took the time to address all my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr. Li is awesome, thank you so much.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

The wait was ridiculous. I was the first patient to be seen and he was still 45 minutes late. No excuse because this wasn't the first time Dr. Li was very late. His lateness needs to be addressed, it's a bad look for the Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr Li is wonderful and very professional and caring

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr. Li is awesome

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

Dr. Li is not only an excellent surgeon, but personable, kind, and he explains things so they are easily understood.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

I really like Dr. Li. He always seems so concerned about any issue that I might have.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

This was a regular six month follow up and scheduled after the last visit with Dr Li.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr Brian Li has been excellent. He saved my wife during her heart attack last year and got me back to normal heart rhythm after 30 years of A-fib.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Have been Cleveland Clinic patients for 30 plus years since Dr Eric Klein saved me from prostate cancer. How lucky we are to have such excellent medical services so near by.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2023

Had my complete trust in Doctor Li and his expertise. Had complete confidence in him.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr Li remarkably well prepared for my visit. Many issues to review; answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Li deserves the highest marks for knowledge, care, explanations, etc.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr Li is by far one of the best Dr's we have the privilege of taking care of us, he is very concerned with making sure he gives the best care and treatment possible, he listens and takes the time to explain and answer any questions or concerns we have and is very caring which is very rare anymore. We tell all our family if they need a great physician, Dr Li is the best.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr. Li is awesome. Always caring and always patient.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr Li is the BEST!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr Li is exceptional.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Dr. Li is very compassionate and tries to look at the big picture regarding my health.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

He's a very good doctor He's one of the best I had

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Li is very knowledgable and very kind in conveying the I formation to a lay person

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Always a good experience with Dr. Li.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Very comfortable with Dr. Li and trust in his ability

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Dr. LI was a real professional !His nurse was terrific, too.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr. Li made me feel like he was very concerned about my recent health issues. It was such a blessing that I even gave him a hug.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Love Dr. Li

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