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Albert S. Li, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


419 W. Redwood Street, Suite 420

Phone (Primary):

(667) 214-1111


(410) 328-6503

Education and Training

B.A., Harvard College (magna cum laude with highest honors)

M.D., New York University School of Medicine


Transitional Year Residency, New York Presbyterian Queens, Weill Cornell Medical College

Residency, Ophthalmology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Fellowship, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine


Dr. Albert Li is a board-certified, fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Dr. Li specializes in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusions, retinal detachments, macular puckers, macular holes, and cataract complications. Dr. Li is dedicated to providing compassionate care to all his patients, employing the latest technology and applying the most up-to-date medical research in order to meet the specific needs of each patient he sees.

Dr. Li graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in Chemical and Physical Biology from Harvard College. He was awarded the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for his undergraduate research thesis at Harvard College and inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society. He earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and obtained his ophthalmology residency training at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He then completed a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery, uveitis and ocular oncology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he also held an academic appointment as an Instructor in Ophthalmology. During his time at Washington University, Dr. Li was responsible for teaching medical students and training residents in ophthalmology, as well as overseeing the retinal care of veterans at the St. Louis Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Li is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has authored many peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature and presented his clinical research at several national and international ophthalmology meetings. In addition to treating patients at the University of Maryland, Dr. Li continues to be engaged in clinical research in retinal diseases as well as the education of medical students and residents in ophthalmology.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, vitreous hemorrhage, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusions, retinal detachment, macular hole, macular pucker, epiretinal membrane, cataract complications

Highlighted Publications

Li AS, Capone A Jr, Trese MT, Sears JE, Kychenthal A, De la Huerta I, Ferrone PJ. Long-Term Outcomes of Total Exudative Retinal Detachments in Stage 3B Coats Disease. Ophthalmology 2018 Jun; 125(6):887-893. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2017.12.010

Li AS, Ferrone PJ. Traumatic Macular Hole Closure and Visual Improvement After Topical Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drug Treatment. Retin Cases Brief Rep 2018 Jan 30. doi: 10.1097/ICB.0000000000000705. [Epub ahead of print].

Li AS, Apte RS. No Bad Blood: A Pars Plana Approach to Controlled Drainage of Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage. Ophthalmol Retina 2018; 2(10):1082-1083. doi: 10.1016/j.oret.2018.05.001.

Li AS, MacKay D, Chen H, Rajagopal R, Apte RS. Challenges to Routine Genetic Testing for Inherited Rod Dystrophies. Ophthalmology 2019 Apr 24. pii: S0161-6420(19)30766-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2019.04.031. [Epub ahead of print]

Additional Publication Citations

Li AS, Berger KI, Schwartz DR, Slater WR, Goldfarb DS. Facilitating the transition from physiology to hospital wards through an interdisciplinary case study of septic shock. BMC Med Educ 2014 Apr 12; 14:78. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-78.

Li AS, Shih CY, Rosen L, Steiner A, Milman T, Udell IJ. Recurrence of Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia Treated with Excisional Biopsy and Cryotherapy. Am J Ophthalmol 2015 Aug; 160(2):213-219.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2015.04.027.

Li AS, Pomeranz HD. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reports of Retinal Vascular Occlusions Associated with Phosphodiesterase Type 5 Inhibitor Use. J Neuroophthalmol 2016 Dec; 36(4):480-481. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000450.

Li AS, Chandra G, Lieberman-Cribbin A, Lieberman RM, Goldberg NR. Mosquito-borne Viral Retinitis: A Global Health Perspective. Adv Ophthalmol Optom 2017 Aug; 2(1):225-241. doi: 10.1016/j.yaoo.2017.03.010.

Oks M*, Li A*, Makaryus M, Pomeranz HD, Sachdeva M, Pullman J, Schwartz D, Steinberg H. Sarcoidosis presenting as Wallenberg syndrome and panuveitis. Respir Med Case Rep 2018 Mar 3; 24:16-18. doi: 10.1016/j.rmcr.2018.03.002. (*co-first authors)  

Li AS, Naysan J, Lieberman RM.  Retinal vein occlusion associated with combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring use. Int J Ophthalmol 2018 May 18; 11(5):891-892. doi: 10.18240/ijo.2018.05.28.

Dixon MW, Harocopos GJ, Li AS, Liu JC, Rajagopal R. Inadvertent Intravitreous Ink Injection from Subconjunctival Tattooing Causing Intraocular Inflammation and Retinal Trauma. Ophthalmol Retina 2018 Oct; 2(10):1080-1082. doi: 10.1016/j.oret.2018.04.017.

O’Bryhim BE, Li AS, Bayliss SJ, Tychsen L, Lueder GT, Rajagopal R. Successful treatment of an exudative choroidal hemangioma with oral propranolol in a 10-year-old boy. J AAPOS 2019 Apr 5. pii: S1091-8531(19)30077-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2019.02.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Research Interests

Improving medical and surgical outcomes of diseases of the retina and vitreous

Clinical Specialty Details

Conditions: diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, vitreous hemorrhage, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions, retinal artery occlusions, retinal detachment, macular hole, macular pucker, epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular traction, cataract complications, eye floater, flashing lights, eye infection, endophthalmitis, ocular inflammation, posterior uveitis, choroidal nevi, retinitis pigmentosa

Treatments: small-gauge vitrectomy, macular surgery, scleral buckle, intravitreous injections, retinal laser, laser retinopexy, cryotherapy, pneumatic retinopexy, secondary intraocular lens placement, vitreous biopsy

Diagnostic Imaging: optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, anterior segment and posterior segment ultrasonography

Professional Activity

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Society of Retina Specialists

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology