G. Ying Li, MD

Service Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Frederick J. Fischer, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. G. Ying Li is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan.  She completed her undergraduate training at Dartmouth College.  She received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and graduated with AOA recognition.  Dr. Li did her residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  She went on to complete a pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston. She joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2011 at the completion of her fellowship.  Dr. Li is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  Her clinical interests include…

  • Spinal deformity (including scoliosis, kyphosis, and spondylolisthesis)
  • Pediatric orthopaedic trauma

Dr. Li’s research focus is on pediatric spinal deformity and she has numerous publications on this topic.  She is a Principal Researcher and a member of the Research Council of the Pediatric Spine Study Group.  Dr. Li is an active member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Scoliosis Research Society, and has held leadership positions in both societies.  Dr. Li completed the American Orthopaedic Association/University of Southern California APEX Leadership Program from 2020-2021.

Research Interests

  • Pediatric spinal deformity: early onset scoliosis, scoliosis, and patient-reported outcomes, serum and urine titanium levels in early onset scoliosis patients treated with growth-friendly instrumentation
  • Pain control after posterior spinal fusion for idiopathic scoliosis
  • Pediatric trauma: adolescent clavicle fractures, floating elbow injuries, non-accidental trauma
  • Diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of pediatric musculoskeletal infection

Professional Societies

  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Association 
  • Scoliosis Research Society 
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society

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