Xinning Li, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Xinning Li


Dr. Xinning Li, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and Team Physician for the Boston University athletics, has a strong clinical interest in both Sports Medicine and Shoulder & Elbow surgery. Dr. Li completed his first fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, a world-renowned sports medicine fellowship program and the #1 ranked orthopaedic hospital in the United States. During his fellowship, Dr. Li worked with many experts in the field of sports medicine and served as the assistant team physician for the New York Mets professional baseball team. Additionally, he has also provided medical care to several high school and collegiate teams throughout his residency and fellowship training. After his sports medicine fellowship, Dr. Li completed a second fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow surgery at the Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women’s Hospital). During this time, Dr. Li spent additional time travelling to France to work closely with two world-renowned shoulder surgeons, Dr. Lafosse (Annecy) and Dr. Walch (Lyon) to further advance his training in complex arthroscopic shoulder surgeries and open shoulder reconstruction.

Dr. Li graduated summa cum laude from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC and earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. He went on to complete a six-year academic Orthopaedic Surgery residency program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. In addition to the five-year clinical residency, Dr. Li also completed an additional year of orthopaedic surgery research fellowship in Tissue Engineering. His efforts in the laboratory has led to the development of a novel synthetic bone graft substitute for healing of segmental bone defects and was the recipient of the prestigious Resident Clinician Scientist training grant from the OREF to continue his research endeavors. In addition to his research accomplishments, Dr. Li was selected to the AOA Resident Leadership Forum and earned membership into the AOA Emerging Leaders program during his residency.

Dr. Li has a strong interest in research and believes that it is through research that advances in the field of orthopaedic surgery and patient care is made possible. His research interests focuses on tissue engineering, ligament reconstruction, rotator cuff repair outcomes and shoulder arthroplasty. Dr. Li has presented research at international, national, and regional orthopedic meetings numerous times. In addition, he has received multiple resident research awards from the Eastern Orthopaedic Association and has contributed over 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, podium/poster presentations and accepted abstracts to the field of orthopaedics. His research has been published in many of the leading journals in orthopaedic surgery, including The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. He currently sits on the editorial board of two peer-review orthopaedic journals and is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).

To address disorders affecting the shoulder, elbow, and knee, Dr. Li specializes in advanced arthroscopic and open surgical techniques. He has a special interest in the care of athletes as he was a NCAA Division I tennis player himself. Dr. Li cares for athletes of all ages, beginning from adolescence through adulthood and at all levels of participation, from the weekend warrior to the high school, collegiate and professional athlete. His clinical interests and expertise include primary and revision ACL reconstruction, multi-ligament knee injuries, cartilage loss, meniscus injury, patellar instability, rotator cuff and labral tears, shoulder instability (Bankart repair or Laterjet procedure), pectoralis and distal biceps tendon rupture, shoulder arthritis (total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty), and elbow injuries. In addition, Dr. Li has a special interest in complex shoulder reconstruction including muscle transfers for scapula winging, scapula-thoracic pain, revision rotator cuff surgery and failed shoulder arthroplasty. He is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care with the highest level of compassion and expertise.


  • University of Virginia School of Medicine, MD
  • Campbell University, BS


  • Published on 5/15/2019

    Li X, Pagani N, Curry EJ, Alolabi B, Dickens JF, Miller AN, Mesfin A. Factors Influencing Resident Satisfaction and Fellowship Selection in Orthopaedic Training Programs: An American Orthopaedic Association North American Traveling Fellowship Project. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 May 15; 101(10):e46. PMID: 31094993.

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  • Published on 5/6/2019

    Abdul-Rassoul H, Defazio M, Curry EJ, Galvin JW, Li X. Return to Sport After the Surgical Treatment of Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior Tears: A Systematic Review. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 May; 7(5):2325967119841892. PMID: 31106221.

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  • Published on 4/1/2019

    Parisien RL, Trofa DP, Dashe J, Cronin PK, Curry EJ, Fu FH, Li X. Statistical Fragility and the Role of P Values in the Sports Medicine Literature. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Apr 01; 27(7):e324-e329. PMID: 30325880.

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  • Published on 3/11/2019

    Cusano J, Curry EJ, Kingston KA, Klings E, Li X. Epidemiology and Perioperative Complications in Patients With Sickle Cell Disease After Orthopaedic Surgery: 26 Years' Experience at a Major Academic Center. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Mar 11. PMID: 30889039.

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  • Published on 12/6/2018

    Li X, Nielsen NM, Zhou H, Stein BES, Shelton YA, Busconi BD. ERRATUM: Surgical treatment of a chronically fixed lateral patella dislocation in an adolescent patient. Orthop Rev (Pavia). 2018 Dec 06; 10(4):7968. PMID: 30662689.

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  • Published on 11/8/2018

    Veltre DR, Sing DC, Yi PH, Endo A, Curry EJ, Smith EL, Li X. Insurance Status Affects Complication Rates After Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Nov 08. PMID: 30418270.

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  • Published on 11/2/2018

    Koh J, Galvin JW, Sing DC, Curry EJ, Li X. Thirty-day Complications and Readmission Rates in Elderly Patients After Shoulder Arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2018 Nov; 2(11):e068. PMID: 30656259.

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  • Published on 9/19/2018

    Cusano J, Curry EJ, Murakami AM, Li X. Fresh Femoral Condyle Allograft Transplant for Knee Osteonecrosis in a Young, Active Patient. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Sep; 6(9):2325967118798355. PMID: 30246044.

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  • Published on 8/17/2018

    Murakami AM, Kompel AJ, Engebretsen L, Li X, Forster BB, Crema MD, Hayashi D, Jarraya M, Roemer FW, Guermazi A. The epidemiology of MRI detected shoulder injuries in athletes participating in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2018 Aug 17; 19(1):296. PMID: 30115059.

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  • Published on 8/1/2018

    Li X, Olszewski N, Abdul-Rassoul H, Curry EJ, Galvin JW, Eichinger JK. Relationship Between the Critical Shoulder Angle and Shoulder Disease. JBJS Rev. 2018 Aug; 6(8):e1. PMID: 30085942.

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