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SandyLi, M.D.

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
9601 Blackwell Road
4th and 5th Floors
Rockville, MD 20850
2021 K Street NW
Suites 101 and 701
Washington, DC 20006
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Biography

About sandy li, M.D.

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andy Li, M.D. earned two bachelors of arts degrees in biology and biochemistery before earning a master’s of arts in medical science from Boston University and her medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University.

Dr. Li has received several academic and clinical honors including the Pfizer/SRI President’s Presenter Award, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Scholarship, and the Charles Hammond Research Fund, and has held various leadership positions as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Li is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has published research on a variety of fertility topics including in vitro fertilization, donor egg treatment, and fresh vs. frozen embryo transfers.

She joined Shady Grove Fertility in 2018 and sees patients at SGF’s Rockville, MD and K-Street Washington, DC locations. She is fluent in both English and Chinese (Mandarin).

Education
  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital.
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Duke University
Awards & Recognition
  • Pfizer/SRI Present’s Presenter Award, 2018
  • Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Scholarship, 2017
  • Charles Hammond Research Fund, 2017
  • Glenn/American Federation of Aging Research Scholarship for Research in the Biology of Aging for project on the "Role of type II Inositol 1,4,5,-Triphosphate (IP3) receptor in visual dysfunction of aging retina, 2002
  • Research Achievement Award, Asian Students in Science Association, 1996
    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Q&A

Q & A

Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?

A:

As a child, visiting my mother while she was at work as a physician made an ever-lasting impression on me. I dreamed one day I would be just like her and take care of people when they needed help the most. As an undergrad, I became fascinated by the intricate workings of the neuroendocrine system - how one signal could lead to a cascade of events that affects so many facets of our biological function such as reproduction. I spent several years working in the laboratory studying neuro-development during graduate school and medical school. Seeing how research in the laboratory gets transformed into treatments for patients is what led me to the field of reproductive endocrinology, where we use the latest technologies to assist patients in bringing about the miracles of life.

Q: Who inspires you?

A:

My two boys inspire me every day. They remind me how fortunate I am to be a parent, and what a privilege it is to be a part of that special journey to parenthood.

Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?

A:

I love music (singing, playing piano). I also love to cook, go for a bike ride and photography.

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?

A:

I am most proud of the teamwork at SGF. Everyone at SGF has a unique role, whether it is helping an out-of-area patient arrange for accommodations or coming up with the final treatment plan, the goal always converges into making this sometimes difficult journey as easy as possible. I feel so proud to be a part of this amazing team.

Q: What's on your bucket list?

A:

Take my kids to an African Safari, visit the Greek Islands, Bora Bora, food tour in Hong Kong and Spain.

Q: Describe a time when you were inspired by a patient.

A:

I am inspired by my patients every day. Their courage, optimism, and perseverance during this often difficult journey is a constant reminder of why I chose to become a reproductive endocrinologist, and what a privilege it is to take care of them.

Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?

A:

Empathy – I try to put myself in their shoes and think what I would do if this were my own situation, or that of a family member. Honesty – truth can sometimes be disappointing, however I believe giving my patients the facts will equip them to make the best decision in the long-term. Optimism – miracles do happen, we should never lose hope.

Q: How would you describe your personality?

A:

My friends say I am a happy person who always sees the upside of things.

Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?

A:

I love the TV show “top chef,” especially the aspect of seeing so many challengers come up with many variations of a dish based on one ingredient. My children are the most critical judges of my own cooking!

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Publications

Publications

  • Gao J. Marosi M. Choi J. Achiro JM. Kim S. Li S. Otis K. Martin KC. Portera-Cailliau C. Tontonoz P. The E3 ubiquitin ligase IDOL regulates synaptic ApoER2 levels and is important for plasticity and learning.ELife 2017;6 e29178 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.29178
  • Li W.Nugent MA.Zhao Y.Chan AN.Li S.Chou IN.Liu G.Kagan HM.Lysyl oxidase oxidizes basic growth fibroblast growth factor and inactivates its mitogenic potential.J Cellular Biochemistry.88(1):152-64.2002.
  • Lee L.Tirnauer JS.Li J.Schuyler SC.Liu JY.Pellman D.Positioning of the mitotic spindle by a cortical-microtubule capture mechanism.Science.287(5461): 2260-2262.2000
  • Li, SJ.Muasher, S.Gonadotrophins in IVF: dosages and preparations.Clinical Protocols in Reproductive Medicine edited by Khalaf, Y. Sunkara, S.Scott, R. (Cambridge University Press).In press
  • Li, SJ.Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy.Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship Guide edited by Minassian, SS.Woodland, MB. (Mosby Elsevier 2007).232-241
  • Li SL.Dai Q.Grotegut C.Price TM.T type Ca2+ channels may play an essential role in uterine contractility.Society of Reproductive Investigation, San Diego, CA 2018.Oral Presentation.
  • Acharya KS.Acharya CR.Li SJ.Bishop K.Harris B.Raburn D.Muasher SJ.Freezing of all embryos in in vitro fertilization (IVF) is beneficial in high responders, but not normal and low responders: An analysis of 82,935 cycles from the most recent SART registry.American Society of Reproductive Medicine,San Antonio, TX 2017. Oral presentation.
  • Acharya KS.Keyhan S.Acharya CR.Li SJ.Muasher SJ.Noncompliance with ASRM/SART Guidelines Continues to Be High in 2013 Compared to 2011-2012 in Donor Oocyte Cycles with Blastocyst Transfer.Fertil Steril. 106(3).e323-324.
  • Keyhan S.Acharya KS.Acharya CR.Li, SJ.Muasher SJ.Are we transferring too many embryos in the most favorable group of fresh autologous IVF cycles: A 2013 update.Fertil Steril. 106(3).e52-53.
  • Li W.Zhao Y.Li SJ.Kagan H.Oxidation of Histone S1 within cell nuclei by lysyl oxidase: implications for change in chromosomal stability.The First Meeting Bulletin of the American Society for Metric Biology.Houston.188.Abstract 188.2003.

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