Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Stanford University Neurosurgery Residency (2011) CA
  • Internship: Stanford University Neurosurgery Residency (2005) CA
  • Medical Education: University of California Davis School of Medicine (2004) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery (2014)
  • Bachelor of Science, Brown University, Neuroscience (1999)

Honors & Awards
  • Center for Brain and Behavior Awards in Pediatric Neurosciences (co-investigator), Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (2009-2011)
  • Disease Team Therapy Development Planning Award (Planning Investigator), CIRM (DR2-05373) (2011-2012)
  • Efficacy of using the Inovivo system to and checkpoint inhibitor treatment in GBM mouse models, Novocure (2021-2023)
  • Ernest Gold Award, University of California, Davis (2001)
  • Grand Opportunity Grant (co-investigator), NIH (RC2CA148491-01) (2009-2011)
  • Junior AOA, University of California, Davis (2002)
  • K08 Mentored Research Grant: PI, NIH-KNS085333A (2013-2018)
  • Michael Edwards Resident Teaching Award, Stanford University Department of Neurosurgery (2017)
  • Multi-scale modeling of glioma for prediction of tx response, tx monitoring and tx allocation, NIH R01CA26027101 Co-investigator (May 2021 to April 2026)
  • NIH R01 CA239257-01A1 Optical imaging to improve surgery and targeted therapy in brain tumors, National institutes of health PI (2019-2024)
  • Plummer Linzy Scholarship, University of California, Davis (2000)
  • Predoctoral Research Award, University of California, Davis (2001)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (PI), NIH-NCI (1F32CA132329-01) (2008-2010)
  • SANS Challenge Finalist, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2008)
  • Stanford Cancer Institute Bioscience Screening Award PI, Stanford Cancer Institute (2014)
  • Stanford Spectrum-Medtech Translational Grant (PI), Stanford Spectrum (2014)
  • Translational Grant Co-PI, CIRM (TRAN1-08522) (2016)

Administrative Appointments
  • Assistant Program Director, Stanford University Department of Neurosurgery (2020 - Present)
  • Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford (2021 - Present)


Practice Locations

Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center ,

Skull Base Surgery Program ,

Neurosurgery Program ,

Stroke Center ,

Stanford Brain and Spine Tumor Center ,


Stanford Neuroscience Health Center ,

Neurocritical Care Program ,

(DEACTIVATED) Stanford Cancer Center South Bay ,

CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Advanced Medicine Center Building ,

Stanford CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program ,

Pituitary Center ,

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(124 reviews)

I would recommend Dr. Gordon Li and his team, and Stanford Health Care in general to others. The care/services is stellar.
Dr. Gordon Li is an amazing doctor and he has been very helpful and informative from the very beginning. I feel very lucky to have been able to have him as my doctor and I’m grateful for the experience he provided. I would like to give my thanks to him because I know that the work he does requires years of schooling and if it wasn’t for people like him that took the time and effort to become the amazing doctors that are available to us who need them, who knows where we would be. I would like Dr. Gordon Li to know that I am very grateful to him. I feel as though I had the very best treatment available to me because of him.
Dr. Li has been wonderful starting with my initial consultation and all the way along through my surgery and the time following the surgery while I was in the hospital. He has followed me closely while I was recuperating at home, and has been monitoring my progress as I have had 2 post surgery MRIs. I feel very lucky that I was able to have Dr. Li do my surgery, and I am very happy with the results. I would highly recommend Dr. Li.
I would recommend highly of the physician and getting medical care at Stanford healthcare
The video call option works well for me because I am out of state and Dr Li is amazing surgeon!
Great experience!
He is a great doctor and has a good personality for this type of care.
Dr. Li is absolutely amazing & his staff. Lanchi his nurse is fantastic and checks on me thru the patient portal & is quick to respond to any questions or concerns I have. I come all the way from Texas when I need brain surgery to because of Dr. Li. He is EXCELLENT and 5 out 5 STARS â­ ï¸
Thank you for a very comprehensive appointment.
Great chat. To the point and friendly. Great professional resource.
He is very encouraging and told me what we would be doing next with my MRI,s which was good news. He has always been very helpful and has a good outlook for me.
His assistant was very helpful
Nice doctor very helpful
Great doctor, knew his stuff.
Very great Doctor and explains the information thoroughly. He makes sure you are assured of what is going on and that all your questions are answered.
I was so impressed by Dr. Gordan Ho-Wan Li. He was very compassionate and had an excellent bedside manner.
Excellent service.
Dr. Li listens well and is great at making his patients feel reassured.
Doctor made sure he answered all our questions. He recommended what we should do -
Dr. Li is great!
Dr. Li continues to prove himself to be an outstanding physician and he always show concern about my physical well-being.
Highly professional.
Very positive experience with Dr. Gordon Li. This was a post-op check up. Thoroughly examined the wound site. Answered all our questions in a way that we understood.
Dr. Li and his assistant are very friendly, making me feel comfortable during the visit.
Great care every visit.
Dr. Li is one of the best doctors I ever meet he is very friendly and kind and caring.
Dr. Li and his staff are consistently EXCELLENT!
Dr. Li was wonderful! Took his time, wonderful bedside manners, patient, very informative.
Good experience.
Dr. Gordon Li is THE BEST OF THE BEST!! Stanford Health Care should be proud of having such a fine medical provider in the team!!
Very good experience. 10. Highly recommend.
Dr. Li's integrity & quality as a surgeon & person are evident in how well he treats me. Under his care, I have had the best experience one can ever have undergoing major surgery.
Dr. Li is intelligent and respectful of me and my medical situation. Excellent!
Dr. Li is excellent!
I have nothing but praise for Dr. Li and his nurse practitioner. Both of them are very competent, caring and compassionate.
I always enjoy my visits with Dr. Li and his staff. They are very professional and caring.
Always great experience with Dr. Li.
Dr. Li is thorough, kind & always reassuring.
Always enjoy my time and discussion of my health with Dr. Li and his staff.
Very clear on process and expectations.
I always enjoy my time with Dr. Li.
Dr. Li is a very personable and professional. I felt comfortable asking questions. He was very kind and supportive. Excellent suggestions and information.
Dr. Li is a wonderful doctor (care provider).
I'm very grateful for Dr. Li's care & expertise.
Dr. Gordon Li was wonderful - he had a GREAT patient manner & was so caring and reassuring in his treatment plan & explanation. It made a good deal to me & I so appreciated his kindness.
I highly recommend this care provider. Dr Gordon Li is a great doctor who treats patient very well. He understands patients health and try to give his best to treat.
Dr. Li is truly an amazing doctor.
I am very happy to be treated by Dr. Gordon Li. Thank you Stanford for great doctor!!!
Dr. Gordon Li is very kind and treats very well. He is very caring and concerned about patients. I would definitely recommend. He is a great surgeon.
Highly recommend Stanford for medical care.
Dr. Li is the best! He saved my life.
We felt privileged that he took the time to fit us into his schedule. He made us feel comfortable when asking questions and was very sympathetic towards our situation.
I was very impressed with Dr. Li's visits at the hospital after surgery - He has a wonderful bedside manner to instill hope and confidence during recovery -
Dr. Li was very considerate and thorough with all my detailed questions.
Dr. Gordon Li was great at listening to all my concerns and providing the appropriate response. He even went the extra mile to suggest renewing my MRI with the tumor board.
Dr. Li was very professional and knowledgable regarding my case. He answered all my questions regarding my condition.
Satisfied with the amiability and courtesy.
I had the most incredible clinic visit with Dr. Gordon Li. He was compassionate, thorough, and kind. He made me reassured about my condition. My procedure, and instilled absolute.
I was specifically referred to Dr. Li for his high reputation. I certainly was not disappointed with his expertise or communication skills and care.
Did not seem rushed, gave me great attention and explanation of what was going on. Very impressive.
Especially Dr. Li.
Dr. Li was clear and understandable. I didn't feel rushed. He answered all my questions.
I had the good fortune to have Dr. Gordon Li as my Doctor. He was kind, soft spoken, patient and caring. He made me feel at ease and confident to have him treat me. He basically walks on water for me!!!
Dr. L. is amazing!! I cannot believe how blessed I was to be referred to him. He's extremely sensitive to his patients and instills confidence in the medical process & procedure.
Dr. Gordan Li in an elite class. Very thankful for his expertise. I'm still here for my family thanks to Dr. Li.
I love Dr. Gordon Li!
"Great experience with Dr. G. Li. Very fortunate to have him as my brain neurosurgeon!!
I couldn't be in better hands - I'm so grateful to have such a skilled and kind surgeon. If I'd stayed with my healthcare in Hawaii, I'd probably not be around anymore. He took a handle of the situation.
Never felt rushed. Also a full explanation and spent all the time needed until all my questions were answered.
Very good experience. The doctor was very knowledgable & set me at ease. He patiently explained to me & what the problem was & reassured me.
Excellent, I was worried coming in. Recommendations made sense. I left with my questions answered.
Dr. Li was so attentive and took time out of his schedule to call and speak with me twice about my condition & treatment options.
I have nothing more to say than give thanks to the good lord for Dr. Li and his team. He's an outstanding doctor.
Dr. Gordon was knowledgeable, compassionate, with clear communication regarding prognosis & treatment. He gave us plenty of time to ask questions & understand a difficult situation.
Dr. Li is wonderful! He makes you feel that you are his only patient. I hope he never leaves the practice!
Dr. Gordon Li is a "personality plus" doctor - He is so kind and totally focuses on you and your problem. Very patient person, very sweet.
Dr. Li is an exceptional physician & care provider. Without a doubt one of the finest doctors I've had the extreme good fortune (all things considered) to have as a key part of my team. In addition to the personal ? warmth/empathy he has & shows is a tremendous boost to my treatment, trust, & confidence in my overall care & my feeling that I am in exceptionally good hands.
Dr. Li spent a considerable amount of time with me. I appreciate his time and patience.
Very good.
Dr.Li was outstanding with regard to informing me of what the issue was.
Dr. Li is awesome!
Dr. Li was outstanding in his care and informing me of expectations I will have in my future.
In addition to being a skilled surgeon, Dr. Li has always been kind and compassionate. He takes the time to explain things and never seems rushed.
Great services provided. Enjoyed taking w/Dr. Li and NP.
Did feel a little rushed. But overall great experience.
Amazing how well Dr. Li takes his immense knowledge and communicates so clearly and openly. It's great having a two-way conversation and learning from him!
Very good
Dr. Li is a wonderful young surgeon, who is not only brilliant, but also extremely caring and attentive to the overall well-being of his patients. He is also very responsive to questions. We would highly recommend Dr. Li to family & friends, and would give him a perfect 10!!
I never could have imagined a more personable and genuine physician like Gordon Li. STill very impressed with outstanding care, time, patients, and support he demonstrated.
Dr. Li has always been attentive to my needs and concerns.
Dr. Li's skill, respect for his patient & family, calm and steady demeanor, and fact-based empathy make him a highly trusted doctor.
Also the best.
Very good.
Care was excellent throughout.
Very good thank you.
Dr. Li is very supportive, caring and eager to work with me and support me 110%. He is open-minded and willing to think outside the box, exploring and discussing options to help me improve my health care issues and needs. He is awesome!!
Exceeded expectations.
Very nice couldn't be happier.
Kind, gentle, respectful care was about average compared to any medical facility I'd experienced in my life time.
Excellent doctor. Explained all procedures & medications with family. Couldn't ask for anything better. Very caring.
Dr. Li is an exceptional doctor. he is an example for all doctors to model. he goes above and beyond for is patients - thank you Dr. Li for the amazing care & help you gave my father-in-law.
I came 4 hours to have Dr. Li. I trust him with my life. So knowledgeable.
Excellent attention.
Dr. Li is wonderful, he is knowledgeable, and explains all risks and upsides.
Dr. Li was one of the VERY BEST doctors I have seen in DECADES of good experience with Stanford Med Center doctors.
Dr. Li has been outstanding!
Great experience.
Dr. Li is excellent. He emails me directly to ask for my progress, and replies quickly. So problems can be quickly addressed.
The clinic sets the best example for their patience.
Dr. Gordon Li delivers the highest level of excellence in care with compassion, yet he is humble and approachable. I highly appreciate his care.
Good experience.
Was the 1st visit we were ever confident in provider or facility.
Dr. Li is VERY GOOD.
I would have liked a little more discussion about my condition, but understood that since I wasn't a surgical candidate, a referral to another dr. was approp.
Dr. Gordon Li is outstanding! I love him! He is kind, attentive, knowledgeable, compassionate and so very capable! I and Stanford are so fortunate to have him as a dr. I wish all doctors were as awesome as he is!!
Dr. Li was excellent, great bed side manner & actually listened to my concerns.
If my condition takes a turn for the worse - I'll be back!
All very good.
Was never alone in exam room.

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