Title: Surgeon, Educator, Researcher
Company: University of Texas Southwest Medical Center
Location: The Colony, Texas, United States
Shujun Li, Surgeon, Educator and Researcher at University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of medicine.
Hailing from Beijing, Dr. Li has found immense success in the field of medicine and is determined to share his knowledge of Western medicine with those in China. Dr Li received a westernized education from the Beijing Second Medical College, earning a Doctor of Medicine in 1966, and worked as an assistant professor for Beijing Medical University from 1982 to 1986. When the communist regime first occupied China in 1949, Dr. Li did not ever believe he would be able to travel to the United States, but fortunately, he was able to do so in 1980. He took a national qualifying exam and scored outstanding marks, joining the seventh group of people to be sent to the United States since the end of the Cultural Revolution.
Astounded by the difference in approaches to medicine, Dr. Li realized that China had been 30 years behind in medical advancements. One of his goals includes striving to learn all he can about American medical practices so that he can help people in China with this knowledge. Upon entering the United States, Dr. Li worked as a visiting professor for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center from 1987 to 1988 and took the ECFMG exam so he could do clinical work, passing with an exceptional score. He entered a clinical training program, which is when he began his clinical surgery work, later becoming fellow in transplant surgery with the University of Nebraska Medical Center from 1989 to 1991. His other responsibilities have included serving as an assistant professor for the University of California, San Diego, from 1991 to 1996 Medical Director for the Southern California Organ and Tissue Acquisition Center in San Diego from 1994 to 1996 and senior consultant of the Association of Chinese Profiles in Dallas from 1996 to 2003.
Presently, Dr. Li is a fellow of the International College of Surgeons and has been an associate professor for the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas since 1996. A gracious, humble man, Dr. Li attributes his success to his mentors and good fortune. He greatly appreciates Dr. CT Huang, a famous top surgeon in China who tutored him while he lived in China. Dr. Li is also immensely thankful for the American Department Chairmen whom he had the pleasure of working with, including world-renowned surgeons such as Dr. Schneider, Dr. Fischer, Dr. Shaw, and Dr. Starzl, who is the father of American liver transplant surgeries. Bettering any group with which he has been affiliated, Dr. Li holds membership with the Southwestern Surgical Congress, the American Medical Association and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
In 2004, Dr. Li had been invited to help teach surgery at Beijing University. Delighted by this invitation, Dr. Li accepted, fulfilling his dream of returning to China to share his knowledge of Western medicine. He has served as professor and chairman of the department of surgery at the Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics from 2004 to 2014 as well as professor and director of transplantation for the Beijing University Health Science Center from 2003 to 2007. In recognition of his invaluable contributions to the field of medicine and medicine education, Dr. Li has received the coveted The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.
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