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Veetai                         Li

Veetai Li MD

Department of Neurosurgery

Specialty/Research Focus

Neurological Surgery

 
Professional Summary:

Dr. Li, a graduate of Albany Medical College, received his residency training in neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and his fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Children‘s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has an interest in the study and management of brain tumors in the pediatric population, developmental spine malformations, the management of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy, and the surgical treatments of patients with seizures. Dr. Li has authored many papers and book chapters on pediatric neurosurgical topics. He is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, the Joint Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and the Children‘s Oncology Group.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (1993)
  • Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (1991)
  • Internship, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (1985)
  • MD, Albany Medical College (1984)
Employment:
  • Interim Surgeon-in-Chief, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2011-present)
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (2008-present)
  • Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2001-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (2001–2008)
  • Attending, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (1993–2001)
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (1991–1992)
Awards and Honors:
  • Cum Laude Graduate, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine (1978)
  • James Bowdoin Scholar, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine (1975)


Journal Articles:
  • Li V. Preoperative Predictors for Improvement After Surgical Untethering in Occult Tight Filum Terminale Syndrome. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 2009; 45.
  • Li V. Risk of ventriculoperitoneal shunt infections after laparoscopic placement of Chait Trapdoor cecostomy catheters in children. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. 2009; 19.
  • Li V. Antimicrobial Suture Wound Closure For Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Surgery: A Prospective, Double-blinded, Randomized Controlled Study. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2008; 2.
  • Li V. Preventing Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Young Children: A Hospital-Based, Parent Education Program. Pediatrics. 2005; 115.
  • Li V. Atlanto-axial Rotatory Fixation Part 2: New Diagnostic Paradigm and a New Classification Based on Motion Analysis Using Computed Tomographic Imaging. Neurosurgery. 2005; 57.
  • Li V. Atlanto-axial Rotatory Fixation Part 3: A Prospective Study of the Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis, Management, and Outcome of Children with Atlantoaxial Rotatory Fixation. Neurosurgery. 2005; 57.
  • Li V. The Management of Accidental Minor Head Injury In Children: A Prospective Outcomes Study. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2004; 101.
  • Li V. Tethered Cord In Children: A Clinical Classification with Urodynamic Correlation. Journal of Urology. 2004; 172.
  • Li V. Atlanto-axial Rotatory Fixation Part I: Biomechanics of Normal Rotation at the Atlanto-axial Joint In Children. Neurosurgery. 2004; 55.
  • Li V. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Correlation in Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Without Radiographic Abnormality. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 2002; 97.
  • Li V. Use of A Craniofacial Mini-plate for Internal Fixation in a Young Child with Cervical Instability. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 2001; 95.
  • Li V. Cranial Birth Injuries in Term Newborn Infants. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 2001; 35.
  • Li V. Following Lumbar Puncture in Children with Shunted Obstructive Hydrocephalus. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1999; 30.
  • Li V. Tandem Spinal Cord Injuries Without Radiographic Abnormalities (SCIWORA) in a Young Child: A Case Report. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1999; 30.
  • Li V. Immediate Post-traumatic Seizures: Is Routine Hospitalization Necessary?. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1999; 30.
  • Li V. The Results of a Practice Survey on the Management of Shunted Hydrocephalus. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1999; 30.
  • Li V. Serial Cranial Radiography in Children With Infant Shaken Impact Syndrome. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1998; 29.
  • Li V. Midcervical Post-Infectious Ligamentous Instability: A Variant of Grisel‘s Syndrome. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1998; 29.
  • Li V. Embryogenesis of Congenital Vertebral Dislocation: Early Embryonic Buckling?. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1998; 29.
  • Li V. The Role of Somatosensory Evoked Potentials in the Evaluation of Spinal Cord Retethering. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1996; 24.
  • Li V. Cell Cycle Kinetics and Commitment in Newborn, Adult, and Tumoral Astrocytes. Develop Brain Res. 1996; 96.
  • Li V. Osmotic Disruption of the Blood Ocular Barriers. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 1987.
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Li V. Methods and Complications in Surgical CSF Shunting. 2001.
  • Li V. Pediatric Neurosurgical Disease. 1998.
  • Li V. Atlantoaxial Rotatory Fixation. 1995.
  • Li V. Borderlands Between Pediatric Neurosugery and Surgery: A Review for the Pediatric Surgeon..

Professional Memberships:
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (2000–present)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1997–present)
  • Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (1997–present)
  • Society for Neuroscience (1996–present)
  • Pediatric Oncology Group, Children's Oncology Group (1994–present)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1993–present)
  • New York State Medical Society (1993–present)
  • County of Erie Medical Society (1993–present)
  • American Medical Association (1993–present)
Presentations:
  • "Spontaneous Neonatal Spondylodiscitis Presenting With A Neurologic Deficit" Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (2009)
  • "Health Care Savings Associated With Reduced Infection Rates seen With Antimicrobial Suture Wound Closure For CSF Shunt Procedures" Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2008)
  • "Pediatric Neurosurgical Practice Patterns Regarding Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infections" Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2008)
  • "Preoperative Predictors for Improvement Following Surgical Untethering in Occult Tight Filum Terminale" Annual Meeting of the CNS/AANS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (2007)
  • "Biomechanics of Normal Rotation at the Atlantoaxial Joint In Children" Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (2006)
  • "Increased Expression of Complement Component 5 and Glial Activation Genes In Tissue and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells In Patients With Intractable Temporal Lobe Epilepsy" Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (2004)
  • "Surgery for Epilepsy" Western New York Neurosciences Nurses Association Annual Symposium (2004)
  • "Gene Expression Analysis of Temporal Lobe Tissue and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells In Patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy" 56th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (2004)
  • "Tethered Cord In Children: A Clinical Classification with Urodynamic Correlation" American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, Urologic Section (2003)
  • "Tethered Cord In Children: A Clinical Classification with Urodynamic Correlation" Northeast Section, American Urologic Association (2003)
  • "Reducing the Incidence of Abusive Head Injuries Through Hospital-based Parent Education: The Upstate New York Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (2002)
  • "Radiation Induced Aneurysm In a Child Presenting with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2002)
  • "A Prospective Study of an Outpatient Management Scheme for Children with Minor Head Injuries (GCS 13-15) and No Radiographically Visible Intracranial Injury" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (2000)
  • "A Targeted Program of Parent Education at the Time of a Child’s Birth Can Significantly Reduce the Incidence of Shaken Baby Syndrome: The Western New York Experience" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (2000)
  • "MRI Clinical Correlation in Spinal Cord Injury Without Radiographic Abnormality in Children" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (2000)
  • "Variability in the Definition and Treatment of SCIWORA: A Survey of Pediatric Neurosurgeons" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (2000)
  • "Neurosurgical Treatment of Spasticity" Western New York Nurse Case Manager Network, Case Management Issues in the New Millenium (2000)
  • "Pediatric Cervical Spine Injuries" Eighth Annual Conference of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (Western New York) (2000)
  • "Selective Dorsl Rhizotomy and Intrathecal Baclofen" Symposium on Spasticity (1999)
  • "Ethical Considerations in the Care of a Newborn" Symposium on Neonatal Diseases (1999)
  • "Low Pressure Shunt Malfunction Following Lumbar Puncture In Two Children with Shunted Obstructive Hydrocephalus" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (1998)
  • "Post-traumatic Seizures in Children: Is Routine Admission Necessary?" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (1998)
  • "Central Neurocytoma: An Analysis of the Effects of Surgery and Radiotherapy: A Review of 225 Cases" Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1998)
  • "Management of Pediatric Hydrocephalus" American Association of Neurological Surgeons‘ Annual Meeting, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1998)
  • "The Embryogenesis of Congenital Vertebral Dislocation: Early Embryonic Buckling?" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (1997)
  • "Grisel's Syndrome Presenting with C3-4 Subluxation" Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1997)
  • "Epilepsy Surgery in Children" Symposium on Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurology (1997)
  • "Minor Head Injury" Symposium on Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurology (1997)
  • "101 Ways to do a Shunt: An Analysis of a Practice Survey on the Management of Shunted Hydrocephalus" Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (1996)
  • "In vitro effects of cell cycle inhibitors on primary astrocytes and glioma cells" Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (1996)
  • "Kinetics of cell cycle inhibition in primary astrocytes and glioma cells" Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (1996)
  • "Controversies in the Management of Hydrocephalus" American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1996)
  • "Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy" Special Symposium, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery (1996)
  • "Differential effects of cell cycle inhibitors on primary astrocytes and glioma cells" Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting (1996)
  • "Kinetics and commitment in newborn, adult, and tumoral astrocytes" Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (1995)
  • "Management of the Tethered Cord" American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1995)
  • "New Criteria for Diagnosis and Management" Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1994)
  • "The Role of Somatosensory Evoked Potentials in the Timing of Tethered Cord Releases" Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1993)
  • "Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" Lecturer, Neurology/Neurosurgery core lectures, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Neurology/Neurosurgery (1991)
  • "Clinical Examination of Brainstem Pathology" Clinical correlation in neuroanatomy, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Neuroanatomy (1991)
  • "Intra-arterial chemotherapy following blood-brain barrier disruption in patients with recurrent high grade astrocytomas" Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1988)
  • "The effects of osmotic blood-brain barrier disruption on the permeability of tumor and non-tumor regions" Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1988)
  • "The kinetics of osmotic blood-brain barrier disruption" Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1987)
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Service Activities:
  • Outreach and Access Team, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo; Member (2007–present)
  • Pediatric Neurosciences Steering Committee, Kaleida Health; Member (2005–2007)
  • Steering Committee, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo; Member (2005–2007)
  • Credentialing Committee, Kaleida Health; Member (2005–present)
  • Medical Advisory Committee, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo; Member (2005–present)
  • Surgical Care Committee, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; Member (2001–present)
  • Search Committee for a Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, Kaleida Health; Member (2000–2002)
  • Search Committee for OR Director at Women & Children's Hospital; Member (2000–2001)
  • Peer Review Panel for Motor Disabilities Clinical Practice Guidelines; Member (2000)
  • Ependymoma Committee, Children's Oncology Group; Member (1999–present)
  • Task Force on Epilepsy, Kaleida Health; Member (1998–2000)
  • Task Force on Pediatric Neurosciences, Kaleida Health; Member (1998–2000)
  • Operating Room Utilization Committee, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo; Member (1997–1999)
  • Cancer Care Committee, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; Member (1994–1997)
  • Rhizotomy Program, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; Coordinator (1994–present)
  • Special Care Committee, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; Member (1993–1997)
  • Trauma Committee, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo; Member (1993–present)

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Women & Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-7386
Fax: (716) 888-3843
Email: veetaili@buffalo.edu

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