Descartes Li, MD

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    University of California, San Francisco Residency 1997School of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.1993School of Medicine

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    Dr. Descartes Li is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Weill Institute for Neurosciences. His primary roles include the following:

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

    Dr. Li sincerely enjoys his role as clinician-educator. He gives numerous talks and presentations in both academic and community settings. His 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. Bourgeois JA, Li D, Hategan A. Recurrent Klazomania Responsive to Acute Plus Maintenance Electroconvulsive Therapy. J ECT. 2018 Apr 23. PMID: 29688988.
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    2. 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; PMCID: PMC4446240.
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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