Zong-Ming Li, Ph.D

Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Staff, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Staff, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Staff, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Zong-Ming Li joined the Cleveland Clinic in October 2009 after spending 8 years at the University of Pittsburgh where he was an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bioengineering, and Occupational Therapy. He also served as the Director of the Hand Research laboratory within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Previously, Dr. Li was an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and the Director of the Motor Function Laboratory at Walsh University in Ohio for 3 years from 1998 to 2001. Prior to coming to the United States, he was a researcher in Shanghai Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Rui Jin Hospital for 3 years from 1992 to 1995. Dr. Li earned his BSc in Engineering Mechanics from Southwest Jiaotong University and a MSc in Engineering Mechanics and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics from Chengdu University of Scienece and Techology in China. He received his PhD in Kinesiology/Biomechanics in 1998 from Penn State University. Dr. Li has broad research interests in biomechanics and motor control of the neuromusculoskeletal system. His clinical research focus is to utilize multidisciplinary approaches to study carpal tunnel syndrome. Current and prospective research areas include neuromuscular control of the hand and fingers, hand motor function, finger joint stiffness, kinematics and kinetics of the wrist, morphometry of the carpal tunnel, mechanics of the carpal tunnel, and molecular mechanisms of the transverse carpal ligament and the tenosynovium.