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Descartes Li


Director, Bipolar Program
Director, Electroconvulsive Therapy Program
Film buff, humor appreciator

About me

Dr. Descartes Li is a psychiatrist who specializes in caring for patients with bipolar disorder and patients receiving electroconvulsive therapy. He directs the UCSF Bipolar Disorders Program and the UCSF Electroconvulsive Therapy Program.

Li's research interests include bipolar disorder, electroconvulsive therapy and medical education.

Li earned his medical degree from UCSF, where he also completed a residency in psychiatry.

Li often gives lectures and presentations in both academic and community settings. He is a member of the Association for Academic Psychiatry, International Society for Bipolar Disorders, International Society for Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation, American Psychiatric Association and Northern California Psychiatric Society.

  • Education

    UCSF, 1993

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Psychiatry, 1997

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My motto as an educator: It’s not about teaching; it’s about learning.

Psychiatry Clinic

401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143