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Zhiping Li, M.D.

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Director of Hepatology

Associate Professor of Medicine


Languages: English, Chinese, Mandarin

Expertise: Bile Duct Injury, Biliary Disease, Elevated Liver Tests, Fatty Liver, Gallstones, Gastroenterology, Hepatitis, Hepatology, Jaundice, Liver Biopsies, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Mass, Liver Test Abnormalities, Liver Transplant, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Sclerosing Cholangitis, Therapeutic Endoscopy more

Research Interests: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC); Liver Immunology; Fatter Liver Diseases


Dr. Li had his initial medical education at Shanghai Jiaotong University (formally Shanghai Second Medical University) in China.  After finishing his internal medicine residency training in Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Li joined Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2000 as a clinic fellow.  After his GI fellowship, Dr. Li had advance training in hepatology and therapeutic endoscopy and became a faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2004.  He is the Director of Hepatology and is actively engaging in both clinical and basic research, teaching medical students, residents and fellow, and maintaining a busy clinic practice.  He is also the Assistant Director of International Medical Education and responsible for all international medical education activities associated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 

Dr. Li is specialized in all aspects of liver and biliary diseases, as well as liver transplant.  He is board-certified in Gastroenterology.  He was among the first group of physicians in the US to be board certified in Transplant Hepatology.  He is also a very experienced therapeutic endoscopist.

Dr. Li does both clinical and basic research.  He has a NIH funded laboratory focusing on the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and immune mediated liver injury.  There are several areas of active investigation including dietary modulation of gut bacteria, liver innate immune system and their regulation on tissue injury and repair.  Dr. Li also does clinical research on cirrhotic ascites, liver transplant, hepatocellular carcinoma and immune mediated liver diseases as well as endoscopic techniques and interventions.

Dr. Li is a vivid teacher.  He teaches part of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine curriculum “Gene to Society”.  He also established the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship program accredited by ACGME at Johns Hopkins University.  He is a visiting professor for several universities abroad and teaches there annually.  He has mentored more than 20 fellows who currently hold faculty positions at various academic institutions. more


  • Director of Hepatology
  • Associate Professor of Medicine



  • MD, Shanghai Second Medical University (1988)


  • Shanghai 9th People's Hospital / Plastic Surgery (1991)
  • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center / Internal Medicine (2000)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Gastroenterology (2003)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Gastroenterology (2003)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Transplant Hepatology (2006)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Primary sclerosing cholangitis, PSC

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