Xudong Joshua Li MD PhD

Xudong Joshua Li MD PhD


Office Location:
Cobb Hall, B039

Office Phone:

Office Fax:
434. 924.1691


Mailing Address:
Cobb Hall, B039
Box 800374
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22908


Xudong Joshua Li, MD, PhD

Joshua Li has maintained a strong and abiding interest in clinical-oriented research in the molecular biology of intervertebral disc and arthritis diseases. He got his M.D. and Ph.D. in China and received his postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia. During the postdoctoral training, he received several prestigious award including New Investigator Recognition Award and Career Development Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), and postdoctoral fellowship grant from the Arthritis Foundation. In 2004, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Research in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia. His research continues to focus on intervertebral disc and cartilage regeneration. Because of his outstanding and productive research record, he has obtained funding for his research from the North American Spine Society (NASS), the AO-International Research Foundation, the Musculoskeletal Transplantation Foundation (MTF) and the CBI-FEST (Funding Excellence in Science and Technology) Biomedical Translational Research Grant. He was promoted to tenure- track eligible assistant professor in 2006. His laboratory is currently well-funded by various agents including NIH-NIAMS, AO-International, and NASS to perform translational research.

Beyond Orthopaedics

"Besides research, I also am enjoying alternative methods for
arthritis and back pain treatment, such as Tai-chi, Yoga and Falun Dafa.  I lead an exercise group, free to the public, at the Charlottesville Senior Center every Sunday 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  I have practiced Falun Dafa for 16 years." (
www.falundafa.org )



Assistant Professor


Basic Science

Special Expertise:

Intervertebral disc regeneration, Stem cell, gene therapy, cartilage tissue engineering


Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award 2012

Eastern Orthopaedic Association’s Founders’ Award 2011

Orthopaedic Trauma Association Resident Grant 2011

North American Spine Society Research Grant 2011

Young Investigator Research Grant Award – AO Spine North America 2009, 2010

Scoliosis Research Society Research Award 2008

Outstanding Paper Award of the ‘Spine Journal’ 2007

Virginia Orthopaedics Society Best Paper Award 2007

Cervical Spine Society Research Award 2007

Outstanding Paper Award of the ‘Spine Journal’ 2006

North American Spine Society Research Award 2005

Arthritis Foundation Travel Award 2005, 2007

Career Development Award, Orthopaedic Research Society 2004

New Investigator Recognition Award, Orthopaedic Research Society 2001



Ph.D. in Bone and Mineral Research,
Xi'an Jiaotong University

M.S. in Orthopaedics, Xi'an Medical University

M.D. Xi'an Medical University, Xi'an,
Shaanxi Province, P. R. China

Research Description:

Pathogenesis of intervertebral disc degeneration

Stem cell-based gene therapy for early disc degeneration

Annulus fibrosus tissue regeneration

Osteochondral tissue engineering

Bioreactor application in bioengineering research