1. When did you know you wanted to become a doctor? Was there one a-ha moment or did you come to the decision over time?
DR. LI: It was later on in college during my studies in Biomedical Engineering. My team and I were pulling an all-nighter making improvements to medical devices. The work was incredibly rewarding, and it was also at that moment that I realized that I wanted to work directly with patients. Often, we get lost in the science and numbers, but being a doctor allows us to balance the science with the personal touch to form meaningful relationships with our patients.
2. What inspired you to pursue urology?
DR. LI: Urology is one of the best fields in medicine (I might be biased)! It is an incredibly technically advanced field, pioneering laser and robotic surgeries. Urologists are always looking for ways to improve patient care through new, innovative treatments. Also, we see quite a variety of patients, and it is always a privilege to improve their lives through the lens of urology.
3. What do you love most about the work that you do?
DR. LI: The patients are by far the best part of my day! I love spending time with my patients and talking to them. The most rewarding part is being able to improve people's lives significantly with our medications and surgeries.
4. Tell us a little about yourself. Outside of work, what do you like to do? What's a surprising/fun fact that not too many people know about you?
DR. LI: Outside of work, I like to go on hiking trips, bike rides, and visit national parks. I also love going to sports events and trying out new restaurants with friends and family. Open to any recommendations people have!
5. You graduated from Lexington High. Is your family still in the area? What do you love most about practicing in your hometown state? And please tell us you're still a fan of all the Boston sports teams! :)
DR. LI: Yes! My family still lives in Lexington. The most rewarding thing is that I get to give back and serve the region that I grew up in. I've been away from my home state for 15 years. It feels so great being in my home state again. I'm the biggest Boston Sports Fan (still remember watching the Sox break the curse of the Bambino in 2004).
6. Is there anything else you'd like patients to know?
DR. LI: Looking forward to working with everyone!