Orthopedic Specialists

Emile Li, MD

Practice Information

Medical Interests

Hip, knee, and shoulder reconstruction, sports medicine, and carpal tunnel

Education & Professional Certification


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with added qualification in orthopaedic sports medicine


Creighton University in Omaha, NE (undergraduate & medical)


Waterbury Hospital affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine in Waterbury, Connecticut (general surgery), Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY (orthopedic surgery)


Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana - suburb of Indianapolis (joint replacement and sports medicine)

Professional Societies

A diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Iowa Orthopaedic Society

Professional & Personal Interests

Leadership Roles

One of the founders of Orthopedic Specialists in 1995, clinical assistant professor in orthopedics at Des Moines University

Hobbies and Personal Interests

Native of New York, NY, enjoys spending time with his family and friends

Patient Comments

May 14, 2024

Very thorough and he listened to me and he explained what I needed to do to make the knee more flexible.

May 11, 2024

Love Dr. Li. He is prompt, empathetic, and smart!! Recommend to all.

May 10, 2024

He's a good doctor.

April 27, 2024

Matt Danilson was an absolute godsend! He was informative, helpful, and professional but definitely made me feel seen and heard.

April 26, 2024

I highly recommend Ia Spec to everyone I know!!

April 22, 2024

Dr. Li was very thorough and took the necessary time to explain things well.

April 20, 2024

Explained steps and results clearly and carefully, and answered my questions.

April 16, 2024

Dr Li and his nurse were very professional. And they got down to my son's level and were very patient while casting his leg. He sat still and just watched the Dr and nurse work

March 22, 2024

Explained good understanding.

March 12, 2024

Highly recommend Dr Li and his staff

March 8, 2024

Dr Li has been excellent in all of my dealings with him. He was very good about answering questions.

February 28, 2024

Dr. Li is a wonderful doctor. Thorough great listener, kind & concerned physician. His nurse that day was very patient & kind also.

February 12, 2024

Always liked Dr Li

February 7, 2024

The best!

January 25, 2024

His eye contact was good and he could tell if I was understanding him.

January 24, 2024

Dr. Li is the best

January 24, 2024

I can't thank them enough for how well and efficient they were. Many thanks

December 21, 2023

Dr. Li is incredible

December 13, 2023

He makes you feel like he knows you and genuinely cares about my care & me.

December 1, 2023

Very good at explaining and what steps need to be taken. Always have great confidence in dr li

November 27, 2023

Dr. Li is the best.

November 16, 2023

Dr Li is the best. Great recovery because of his concern for me!!

October 28, 2023

Already referred others to this office

October 26, 2023

This was a one-year checkup for knee replacement. The x-rays and Dr. Li's examination showed no problem.

October 25, 2023

*Dr. Li is very caring & helpful.

October 12, 2023

Top notch

October 12, 2023

Dr. Li is always very present and attentive. A very nice man.

October 7, 2023

Dr. Li is very brilliant and very kind.

October 7, 2023

Dr Li is excellent, no complaints!

October 6, 2023

I have referred several people to Dr Li

September 9, 2023

Dr Li is one of the best physicians I have ever encountered!!

September 2, 2023

Dr. Li did my knee surgery and I was very pleased with the pre-and the post surgery experience

September 2, 2023

Even though the doctor had a full schedule that day, he didn't make me feel like he was rushing through my appointment. He took time to answer my questions about a possible joint replacement in the spring.

August 24, 2023

Dr. Li is top notch. I always recommend him to people for knee surgery.

August 23, 2023

I couldn't be happier with your practice. A great option for patients.

August 22, 2023

Very good

July 25, 2023

Felt thoroughly cared for. Even more than I anticipated.

July 25, 2023

Dr. Li explained things to me and helped me with my sore elbow. Such a lovely person!

July 11, 2023

Dr . Li is absolutely outstanding !

June 22, 2023

Felt like he took time to explain things and listened to my questions. Very pleased with him as my dr.

June 22, 2023

I have recommended to many people

June 1, 2023

This was my first time seeing Dr. Li and I'm so happy I did! He was friendly, engaged in eye contact, asked questions, and really listened to my responses. I did not feel rushed and felt he truly cared about me and my health concern. The medical information he shared was easy to understand as well as his recommendations. I was also given a time frame for improvement and options if the issue continues. I appreciate his expertise and time!!!

May 28, 2023

Good experience.

May 25, 2023

Totally great experience. Dr. Lee answered my questions and very understanding.

May 23, 2023

I would recommend Dr Li to anyone

May 18, 2023

Very evident as to why this doctor was highly recommended!

May 17, 2023

*Dr. Li is the very best - I tell everyone about the excellent staff and care with Iowa Specialty Clinics/Hospitals.

May 16, 2023

Dr Li explains everything thoroughly and answers all questions in a clear and easy to understand manner. I would recommend Dr Li to anyone who desires an excellent physician!

May 15, 2023

Good experience

May 12, 2023

Dr. Li is the best

May 1, 2023

Dr. Li and I have been through a lot with an infected knee replacement. I respect him and actually admire him for the care I have received the last 11 year since my surgery. I could not ask for anything more from him. He is respectful and very caring. He is going to do whatever he can to help.

April 28, 2023

This is one of finest clinics/hospitals, always helpful, polite, concerned & makes me feel like a patient not a number.

April 27, 2023

Dr Li is a gem!

April 24, 2023

I had a few new questions for the Doctor and he took extra time to explain my medical issues to me

March 29, 2023

Dr Li is the best

March 29, 2023

Dr. Li was very pleasant and helpful in explaining my condition and what could be done

March 28, 2023

Great experience !

March 25, 2023

Dr. Li was excellent. He is considerate and knowledgeable about his job and explains what is going on so you understand it.

March 25, 2023


March 10, 2023

This is a great place to go. They truly care about their patients. I would recommend to anyone.

March 4, 2023

Would recommend

March 1, 2023

I have already recommended Dr. Li. I'm very comfortable with him.

March 1, 2023

Top notch organization

February 8, 2023

My visit with Dr. Li was very informative. I liked that he looked at me and made me feel comfortable.

February 6, 2023

Dr.Li is excellent! Such a caring person.

January 24, 2023


January 17, 2023

Dr Li gave us options and listened to our concerns.

January 14, 2023

Dr. Li did a wonderful job replacing my left hip, I would recommend any of the orthopedic doctors on staff.

December 22, 2022

*Dr. Li is a very caring provider. I have every confidence in his care.

November 21, 2022

First rate facility

November 10, 2022

I was very impressed with the medical staff!

November 8, 2022

I drive 2 hours to have Dr. Li do my knee replacements. I have recommended him to several people.

November 2, 2022

*Dr. Li was recommend to me by others. I was not disappointed in his care.

October 20, 2022

Very helpful. Every option was explained and all of my questions answered.

September 25, 2022

Very good visit.

September 23, 2022

Great job and answered all questions.

September 13, 2022

Couldn't ask for better care

September 13, 2022

Dr Li always takes time to answer questions and explain things.

September 13, 2022

Dr. Li is excellent. Answers questions. Talks openly. Is honest and fun to talk to.

September 13, 2022

Excellent care!

September 10, 2022

Good visit with the Dr.

September 2, 2022

Dr Li is always great. Will continue to see him and staff for all my needs

August 29, 2022

Great! It's like Dr. Li can read my mind. He moves fast with precision, very thorough. Shawna is a great team member and pulls everything together.

August 27, 2022

Excellent experience

August 25, 2022

Dr. Li did a great job operating and repairing my left shoulder. Was very attentive to any concerns, provided very helpful advice going forward with my recovery and rehab!!

August 25, 2022

Very good care

August 20, 2022

Love the provider. Very kind and interested

July 26, 2022

My surgeon is the best!

July 14, 2022

I was very impressed with him. I found Dr. Li to be very professional, did not use phrases or words I did not understand, he was not there to impress but to make sure I would get the proper care. He totally put me at ease. I feel very confident in his ability to help me end up with good results.

July 7, 2022

So glad I was referred to this clinic *Dr. Li is so good! He genuinely cares about & answers concerns. I had another problem I asked about & he took care of right away. Impressed!!

May 3, 2022

I am very pleased with all care providers.

April 23, 2022


April 21, 2022

Dr. Li was great.

April 21, 2022

All good.

April 18, 2022

Dr. Li always has been and is wonderfully awesome! We are so blessed to have this great man here as a Doctor/Surgeon!

April 14, 2022

*Dr. Li and his team provide the absolute best care and customer service. I would not consider any other provider!

April 14, 2022

He was excellent

April 8, 2022

I have told others about my care at Clarion Clinic being individual and the doctor or nurse explained every concern.

April 7, 2022

Dr. Li takes more time to listen and discuss with me than any surgeon ever has! He did an excellent job with my TKR and seems to care about his patients. A very nice man.

March 12, 2022

Always good visits.

March 11, 2022

The staff and Dr. Li are wonderful!

March 7, 2022

Dr Li is the best!

March 7, 2022

The staff is so good.

March 6, 2022

Dr. Li is a fantastic dr. I refer him all the time.

March 4, 2022

Dr Li is the best. Very pleasant and knowledgeable

March 4, 2022


February 25, 2022

It's a very good place to go. Everyone is so nice.

February 18, 2022

Dr Li is very good

February 11, 2022

All good

February 9, 2022

Excellent - 100% all around!!

January 8, 2022

Dr Li is the best. Knowledge and kind.

December 24, 2021

I am happy with their concern and suggestions.

December 10, 2021


November 23, 2021

All concerns met

November 21, 2021

Very good.

November 21, 2021

Dr. Li explained in detail his Dx and reason for recommended treatment and future potential treatments

November 14, 2021

Always recommend Dr Li

November 9, 2021

Can't say enough about my excellent care at Clarion and I would recommend to anyone and the same for Dr Li. He is amazing

November 9, 2021

I would highly recommend

October 19, 2021

Very professional everyone worked together well -

October 18, 2021

Dr. Li is always very friendly and thorough. He listens well and responds with competency and professionalism.

October 18, 2021

Very good

October 11, 2021

Always a great visit with Dr Li. Great staff!

October 6, 2021


September 27, 2021

The whole experience went so well can't complain about anything would recommend this dr. & office workers to others.

September 27, 2021


September 22, 2021


September 15, 2021

I'm very happy having Dr. Li as my orthopedic doctor.
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