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Descartes Li, MD

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-7448
EmailDescartes.Li@ucsf.edu
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    University of California, San Francisco Residency 1997School of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.1993School of Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    I am a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Weill Institute for Neurosciences. My primary roles include the following:

    1) Director, Medical Student Education, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
    2) Director, UCSF Bipolar Disorder Program
    3) Director, UCSF Electroconvulsive Therapy Service
    4) Director, Brain, Movement, and Behavior (Foundational Science course)
    5) Coach, UCSF Bridges curriculum

    I really enjoy my role as clinician-educator. I give numerous talks and presentations in both academic and community settings. My areas of interest include bipolar disorder, depression, electroconvulsive therapy, medical student education, cultural psychiatry, and suicide.

    My educational motto is "Forget teaching, remember learning."

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    1. Harbell MW, Li D, Boscardin C, Pierluissi E, Hauer KE. Teaching Systems Improvement to Early Medical Students: Strategies and Lessons Learned. Acad Med. 2019 Jul 16. PMID: 31335811.
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    2. Bourgeois JA, Li D, Hategan A. Recurrent Klazomania Responsive to Acute Plus Maintenance Electroconvulsive Therapy. J ECT. 2019 03; 35(1):e2-e3. PMID: 29688988.
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    3. Mousavi Z, Johnson S, Li D. Does recent mania affect response to antidepressants in bipolar disorder? A re-analysis of STEP-BD data. J Affect Disord. 2018 08 15; 236:136-139. PMID: 29734096.
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    4. Harvey AG, Soehner AM, Kaplan KA, Hein K, Lee J, Kanady J, Li D, Rabe-Hesketh S, Ketter TA, Neylan TC, Buysse DJ. Treating insomnia improves mood state, sleep, and functioning in bipolar disorder: a pilot randomized controlled trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2015 Jun; 83(3):564-77. PMID: 25622197.
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    5. 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. PMID: 23377747.
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    6. Kilbourne AM, Li D, Lai Z, Waxmonsky J, Ketter T. Pilot randomized trial of a cross-diagnosis collaborative care program for patients with mood disorders. Depress Anxiety. 2013 Feb; 30(2):116-22. PMID: 23077119.
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    7. Litt L, Li D. Awareness without recall during anesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy. Anesthesiology. 2007 Apr; 106(4):871-2. PMID: 17413926.
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