Cynthia Li, MD, is a Bay Area clinician who practices internal and functional medicine. Dr. Li did her medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Her practice centered around public and environmental health, with a focus on underserved communities. She worked in the HIV/AIDS division of Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, volunteered with Doctors Without Borders at the first dedicated HIV/AIDS clinic in rural China, worked as a general internist and taught UCSF medical residents at San Francisco General Hospital and at the St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic in SF’s Tenderloin district. She has practiced functional medicine since 2012 and is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Restoring full health involves not only diagnosis and treatment, but also nurturing self-empowerment along the way.
Dr. Li has been involved with environmental health issues and advocacy since 2005. She became interested in the wisdom found in evolutionary biology, ancestral health, and ecological health while on her own personal health journey. She has explored, both scientifically and experientially, a wide variety of complementary approaches including integrative medicine, acupuncture and herbs (Chinese and Tibetan), mind/body medicine, and whole foods-based nutrition. Functional medicine, the principles of her practice, focuses on the root causes of disorders. In her approach, restoring full health involves not only diagnosis and treatment, but also nurturing self-empowerment along the way.
She is currently working on her first book, a memoir about her journey as a patient, which changed her practice of medicine.
Dr. Li grew up in Austin, Texas, and moved to the Bay Area in 2000. She has a love for gardening, urban farming, traditional cooking, playing the piano and ukulele, reading, practicing qigong, and being outdoors. She speaks Mandarin. She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband, 2 daughters, their dog, and 50,000 honeybees.