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Weiye Li

Weiye Li, MD, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology

Specialties: Ophthalmology


  • MD - Second Medical College of Beijing, China
  • PhD - University of Pennsylvania

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Association of American Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Membership of American Society of Retinal Specialists

Other Languages Spoken

Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese)

Weiye Li, MD, PhD, specializes in the treatment of diseases affecting the back of the eye, specifically those of the retina, the vitreous and the macula. He is trained in surgical and medical techniques for treating many issues including diabetic eye diseases, macular degeneration, ocular tumors, retinal detachments, uveitis and vitreous hemorrhages.

Clinical Services

Macular degeneration, Retina, Retinal detachment, Uveitis, Diabetic eye diseases, Ocular tumors, Vitreous hemorrhages, Retina vitreous diseases, Retina vitreous sugery, Retina specialist


  • Surgery - MCP Hahnemann


  • Ophthalmology - MCP Hahnemann (2003)


  • Retina Vitreous Diseases - Crozer Medical Center (2004)

Weiye Li, MD, PhD, is an emeritus professor of ophthalmology. He served as the director of both Ophthalmic Research and Retina Services at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Li was the chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, one of the most competitive and internationally respected medical colleges in the People's Republic of China.

Research Interests

Diabetic retinopathy, Age-related macular degeneration


Dr. Li conducts basic and clinical research on diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. He has published over 50 scientific articles in the field of ophthalmology and has received various awards and honors for his research.


Selected Publications

"Retinal Capillary Pericyte Apoptosis in Early Human Diabetic Retinopathy"
Li W., Myron Yanoff, Xipu Liu, Xiaodan Ye.
C.Med J. 110:659, 1997

"Expression of Apoptosis Regulatory Genes by Retinal Pericytes after Rapid Glucose Reduction"
Li W., Liu X., Yanoff M., Jian B., Ye X.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 39:1535, 1998.

"Altered mRNA Levels of Antioxidant Enzymes in Pre-apoptotic Pericytes from human diabetic retinas"
Li W., Yanoff M., He Z.
Cell Mol Biol. 45:59, 1999.

"Artificial senescence of bovine retinal pigment epithelial cells induced by near-ultraviolet  in vitro"
Li W., Yanoff  M., Li Y., He Z.
Mechanism of Ageing & Development  110:137, 1999.

"Vascular endothelial growth factor regulates both apoptosis and angiogenesis of choriocapillaris endothelial cells"
Li W., He Z., Li Y., Yanoff M.
Microvascular Res. 59:286,2000.

"Intravitreal injection of erythropoietin protects both retinal vascular and neuronal cells in early diabetes"
Zhang J., Li W. Xu G
Invest. Ophthalmol. & Vis. Sci. 49:732, 2008.

"Pharmacokinetic and toxicity study of intravitreal erythropoietin in rabbits"
Zhang J., Sinclair S., Li W., Xu G.
Acta Parmacol Sin 29: 1383, 2008.

"Effects of Intravitreal Erythropoietin Therapy for Patients with Chronic and Progressive Diabetic Macular Edema"
Li W., Sinclair S., Xu G.
Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers & Imaging. 41(1):18, 2010.

"ERK- and AKT-dependent neuroprotection of erythropoietin against glyoxal/AGEs via modulation of BCL-2 family proteins"
Shen J, Wu Y, Zhang J, Yanoff M, Li W, Xu G.
Investigative Ophthalmol Visual Science 51 (1): 35, 2010.

"EPO reduces reactive gliosis and stimulates neurotrophin expression in Muller cells"
Hu LM, Xu GT, Li W.
Frontiers in Bioscience E3,  1541-1555, 2011.

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.