Dan Li, MD, a senior physician and gastroenterologist with The Permanente Medical Group, is an Adjunct Investigator with the Division of Research and a physician researcher with the Delivery Science & Applied Research Physician Researcher Program. Dr. Li is also the Regional Quality Lead of Gastroenterology and Medical Director of the Universal Screening Program for Lynch syndrome at Kaiser Permanente Northern California.
Dr. Li’s research focuses on the screening and prevention of gastrointestinal cancers, with a special emphasis on colorectal cancer and gastric cancer. In 2011, Dr. Li co-founded the Universal Screening Program for Lynch syndrome among patients with colorectal cancer. This program has become one of the largest organized screening programs for Lynch syndrome in the United States. Dr. Li also studies colorectal cancer risk in individuals with serrated colon polyps which are the precursors for 20 to 30 percent of all colorectal cancers. In addition, Dr. Li is leading research projects on the risk of gastric (stomach) cancer in individuals with premalignant gastric conditions, such as gastric intestinal metaplasia or dysplasia. Dr. Li currently serves as a member of the American Gastroenterological Association guideline committee for gastric intestinal metaplasia.
Dr. Li completed his undergraduate studies at Peking University and received his MD at the Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China. He finished his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School, and his fellowship training in Gastroenterology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Li joined Kaiser Permanente in 2009.
- Adjunct Investigator, Division of Research
- Physician Researcher, Delivery Science & Applied Research Physician Researcher Program, The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG)
- Gastroenterologist, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
- Gastroenterology Regional Quality Lead (TPMG)
- Medical Director, Universal Screening Program for Lynch Syndrome (KPNC)
Primary Research Interests
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Risk of colorectal cancer associated with serrated colon polyps
- Lynch syndrome
- Gastric cancer screening and prevention
- Health outcomes related to Helicobacter pylori infection