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Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Boston, MA 02118 (1 other location)
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(617) 718-5721

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  • Friendly staff
  • Trusted diagnosis
  • Provides follow-up as needed

About Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS

Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS is a health care provider primarily located in Boston, MA. He has 17 years of experience. His specialties include Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He speaks English and Chinese (Mandarin).

Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS has received the following awards:


Dr. Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS has 2 locations


Dr. Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS has the following 2 specialties

Specialty Expertise

Dr. Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS has the following 13 areas of expertise

  • Knee Injuries
  • ACL Reconstruction or Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Graft)
  • Rotator Cuff Problem (Shoulder Impingement Syndrome)
  • Shoulder Fractures
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Arthritis
  • Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Research
  • Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Sports Injuries


3 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award (2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014)

    Patients' Choice Award Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014)

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • On-Time Doctor Award (2020, 2018)

    On-Time Doctor Award Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.


17 Years Experience

Harvard Medical School - Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Graduated in 2013

Hospital for Special Surgery - Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery

Graduated in 2012

University of Massachusetts Medical School - Orthopaedic Surgery

Graduated in 2011

University Of Virginia School Of Medicine

Graduated in 2005

Dr. Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS Accepts the Following Insurance

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • Aetna Select
  • Aexcel PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS MA HMO Blue Select
  • BCBS MA HMO Blue with Managed Care Behavioral Health
  • BCBS MA Preferred Blue PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • First Health PPO
  • Harvard Pilgrim ChoiceNet HMO
  • Harvard Pilgrim HMO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Maines Choice HMO
  • Harvard Pilgrim PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • MVP Liberty EPO/PPO
  • Tufts Granite Advantage EPO, PPO and Saver
  • Tufts Granite Premier Choice EPO and PPO
  • Tufts PPO
  • UHC Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Navigate HMO
  • UHC Options PPO
  • Workers Compensation

More about Dr. Xinning Li, MD, FAOA, FAAOS

Dr. Xinning Li, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and Team Physician for the Boston University athletics, is a nationally recognized expert in both sports medicine, knee surgery, cartilage restoration and complex shoulder surgery.


Dr. Li completed his first fellowship in Sports Medicine at the prestigious 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. 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 also spent additional time travelling to France to work closely with two world-renowned shoulder surgeons to further advance his training in complex arthroscopic shoulder surgeries and open shoulder reconstruction.  Additionally, Dr. Li was selected as one of four orthopaedic surgeons in North America by the AOA for the North American Traveling Fellowship (NATF), one of three orthopaedic surgeons to travel as the AOSSM fellow to Europe and voted into the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) society as well as the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA).  Furthermore, Dr. Li is on the design team for a new shoulder arthroplasty system with FH Ortho.

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 have 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 focus on ligament reconstruction, rotator cuff repair outcomes, meniscus, and shoulder arthroplasty. Dr. Li has presented research at international, national, and regional orthopedic meetings numerous times.  In addition, he has received multiple resident/attending research awards from the Eastern Orthopaedic Association and has contributed over 150 peer-reviewed publications, 16 book chapters, 300 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 several 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).

Dr. Li has a special interest in knee surgeries including ACL, multi-ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration and complex shoulder reconstruction including muscle transfers for scapula winging, scapula-thoracic pain, revision rotator cuff surgery, primary total / reverse arthroplasty, advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery and failed shoulder arthroplasty. He provides exceptional patient care with the highest level of compassion and expertise.