Dr. Zong-Ming Li, Associate Director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, will be elevated to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, as approved by the IEEE board of directors at its November 2022 meeting. Dr. Li is being elevated for contributions to carpal tunnel biomechanics and neuromuscular hand motor control. The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity and is recognized as the trusted voice for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.
In addition to his position as Associate Director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, Dr. Li serves as the William and Sylvia Rubin Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Research; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Professor in the BIO5 Institute; Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and as Director of the Robert G. Volz, MD Orthopedic Research Laboratories and the Hand Research Laboratory.
Prior to coming to University of Arizona in 2019, Dr. Li was a Full Professor in Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and held appointments as Full Staff in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic. While in Cleveland, Dr. Li was an Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland State University where he served as the Co-Chair of the Applied Biomedical Engineering PhD Program, a joint educational establishment between Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland State University.
Dr. Li has more than 30 years of experience in musculoskeletal research and education, including (1) his current position as Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering (2019-); (2) Professor and Staff at the Cleveland Clinic in Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2009-2019); (2) Assistant/Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Bioengineering, and Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh (2001-2009); (3) Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at Walsh University (1998-2001); (4) doctoral studies in biomechanics at the Pennsylvania State University (1995-1998); (5) research experience in orthopedic biomechanics at the Shanghai Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of Ruijin Hospital (1992-1995); (6) graduate studies for a Master’s degree in musculoskeletal biomechanics from the Sichuan University (1989-1992); and (7) undergraduate studies in engineering mechanics and a bachelor’s thesis in sports biomechanics from the Southwest Jiaotong University in China (1985-1989).
Dr. Li has research interests in musculoskeletal biomechanics, with a particular focus on the hand and upper extremity. His research has been sponsored by more than 50 grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Whitaker Foundation, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Aircast Foundation, academic institutes, and other private foundations. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in 51 journals, given more than 135 invited lectures worldwide, and presented over 380 podium and poster presentations in professional conferences. His research work has resulted in significant impact on biomechanics and motor control of the musculoskeletal function and dysfunction, particularly for the hand and upper extremity.
As an enthusiastic supporter and contributor to his profession, Dr. Li has served on the editorial boards of 16 journals related to bioengineering and orthopaedics, and has reviewed manuscripts for more than 30 professional journals. He is currently an Honorable Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Chinese Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Editor of Journal of Wrist Surgery, Associate Editor of Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, and Associate Editor of Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology. He has also served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Li currently serves as the Chair of Scientific Review Committee IV of National Health Research Institute of Taiwan. He has served as a grant reviewer for federal agencies and private foundations including the NIH (as a standing member), Whitaker Foundation, Aircast Foundation, University Grants Committee of Hong Kong, National Health Research Institute of Taiwan, National Medical Research Council of Singapore, and American Society for Surgery of the Hand, among others. He has extensively contributed to organizing national and international conferences related to orthopaedics, bioengineering, rehabilitation, kinesiology, and biomechanics.
In his service to professional societies, Dr. Li was the President of the World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE, 2013-2015), a member of the Executive Board of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB, 2009-2012), Co-Chair of the Upper Extremity Topic Committee of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS, 2007-2009), a member of the Research Management Committee of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH, 2014-2017) and Chair of the Hand and Wrist Topic Committee of Orthpaedic Research Society (ORS, 2020-2022). He is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International (HWBI, 2012-2022), a specialty interested group affiliated with the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH).
Dr. Li is a Fellow of AIMBE (American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering), a Fellow of ASB (American Society of Biomechanics), and a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Dr. Li is the recipient of the ASME Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal in 2022, “for seminal discovery of sensorimotor control function and biomechanics of the human hand, and for translating knowledge into innovative clinical solutions including relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.”