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Descartes Li, M.D.


Dr. Descartes Li is director of the UCSF Bipolar Program and co-director of the UCSF Electroconvulsive Therapy Service. Li's areas of interest include bipolar disorder, electroconvulsive therapy, cultural psychiatry and suicide. He gives numerous talks and presentations in both academic and community settings.

Li is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine. His work involves teaching UCSF psychiatry residents and medical students. Li graduated from UCSF School of Medicine in 1993 and completed his residency training in psychiatry at UCSF in 1997.


Psychiatry Clinic
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-7500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

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UCSF School of Medicine 1993


UCSF Medical Center, Psychiatry 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Li D, Hall SE, Tong LD, Rollins MD. The electroconvulsive therapy and anesthesia exercise (ECTAE): the creation of an interdisciplinary learning activity for medical students. J ECT. 2013 Sep; 29(3):214-8.
  2. Litt L, Li D. Awareness without recall during anesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy. Anesthesiology. 2007 Apr; 106(4):871-2.

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