Helen K. Li, MD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College



Dr. Helen Li specializes in ocular oncology and vitreoretinal diseases. She founded the Community Retina Group in Houston after almost twenty years of clinical practice at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she received numerous teaching award from residents and fellows. Dr. Li served as director of the UTMB retina service and founded the retina fellowship program. She regularly publishes her research in leading ophthalmology journals and presents on retinal diseases and ocular tumors at national and international scientific conferences.

Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Li is an active member of professional organizations, including the Macular Society, Retina Society, the International Society of Ocular Oncology, the American Uveitis Society, the Association of Research in Vision and the Ophthalmology and the American Telemedicine Association.

Description of Research

Dr. Li has served as principle investigator of National Eye Institute, industry and foundation sponsored research and clinical trials. Her research projects include the ocular complications of AIDS trial and the diabetic retinopathy clinical research network study. She is currently interested in validating biomarkers for prognosis of melanoma in the eye and evaluating novel therapeutics for various types of ocular cancer.

Areas Of Expertise

Ophthalmology Ocular oncology Teleophthalmology
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship , Wills Eye Institute
Clinical Fellowship , University of Tennessee-Memphis
Clinical Fellowship , Houston Eye Associates
Residency , University of Texas, Medical Branch
Internship , Baylor College of Medicine
MD , University of Texas Medical School at Houston