Faculty—Cynthia Li, MD

Cynthia Li, MD, graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and has practiced in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, and St. Anthony’s Medical Clinic for the homeless. She also volunteered with Doctors Without Borders in rural China, focusing on HIV/AIDS care. Currently, she has a private practice in integrative and functional medicine, and serves as faculty for the Healer’s Art program at the University of California San Francisco Medical School. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Institute for Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US). She is a contributor to Huffington Post’s Thrive Global and Psychology Today

Dr. Li became interested in evolutionary biology, ancestral health, functional medicine, and the art of intuition while on her own personal health journey. She has explored, both scientifically and experientially, a wide variety of complementary approaches including traditional Chinese medicine, mind-body medicine, cranial osteopathy, and whole foods-based nutrition.

Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, urban farming, traditional cooking, playing the piano and ukulele, reading, hiking, and camping. She speaks Mandarin. She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband, 2 daughters, their dog, and 50,000 honeybees. To stay grounded and balanced, she practices Wisdom Healing Qigong every day.

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