Department of Neurology

Faculty - Hongyan Li M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Vestibular Program
Hongyan Li MD PhD

Special Interests  

Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment 
Vestibular Disorders, Dizziness and Imbalance
Clinical Neurophysiology 


MD: Medicine, Qingdao Medical College, Qingdao, P.R. China
Neurosciences, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
Internship: Medicine, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
Residency: Neurology, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology-Epilepsy, Cleveland Clinics Foundation, Cleveland, OH


Professional Board Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology –Additional qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology –Additional qualification in Epilepsy

Medical Licensing


American Academy of Neurology
American Epilepsy Society
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society


Pre Doctoral Fellowship, Medical College of Ohio Graduate School 09/1991-11/1994

Outstanding Neurology Attending, 2011, 2016, 2020, 2023

University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015

Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in Clinical Sciences, 2016

Fellow of American Epilepsy Society, 2017 - present

Fellow of American Academy of Neurology, 2019 - present

Graduate Dean’s Award, Medical College of Ohio Graduate School 04/25/1995

Travel Fellowship, New York Academy of Sciences 05/10/1995



Godfrey DA, Xu J, Godfrey MA, Li H, Rubin AM. (2004) Effects of unilateral vestibular ganglionectomy on glutaminase activity in the vestibular nerve root and vestibular nuclear complex of the rat. J Neurosci Res, 77:603-12.

Li H, Dokas LA, Godfrey DA, Rubin AM. (2003) Remodeling of synaptic connections in the deafferented vestibular nuclear complex. J Vesti Res, 12:167-183.

Li H, Godfrey DA, Rubin AM. (1999) Astrocyte reaction in the rat vestibular nuclei after unilateral removal of Scarpa's ganglion. Ann Oto-Rhino-Laryngol, 108:181-188.

Judkins RF, Li H. (1997) The surgical anatomy of the rat middle ear. Otolaryngol Head & Neck Surg, 117:438-447.

Li H, Godfrey DA, Rubin AM. (1997) Quantitative autoradiography of [3H] CNQX and [3H] MK-801 binding in rat vestibular nuclear complex before and after unilateral vestibular ganglionectomy. Neurosci, 77:473-484.

Li H, Godfrey DA, Rubin AM. (1995) Comparison of surgeries for removal of primary vestibular inputs: a combined anatomical and behavioral study in rat. Laryngoscope, 105:417-424.

Book Chapters

Li H. Chapter 2. Diagnosis of Vestibular Migraine. In: Wetmore SJ and Rubin AM. Editors. Vestibular Migraine. p. 11-22. New York: Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2015.

The 5-Minute Neurology Consult, 2nd Edition, by Eds.: Lynn DJ, Newton HB, and Rae-Grant AD. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2012. Spinocerebellar Ataxias (pp.388-389), Sturge-Weber Syndrome (pp. 392-393), Whipple’s Disease (pp. 438-439)

Godfrey DA, Li H, Ross CD, Rubin AM. Chemical comparisons between central vestibular and auditory systems. In: AJ Beitz and JH Anderson (Ed’s.) Neurochemistry of the Vestibular System, Chapter 16, pp. 347-361, 2000, CRC Press.


Vestibular physiology
Vestibular disorders
Neural plasticity, compensation, and rehabilitation
Epilepsy and EEG
Clinical neurophysiology 

Last Updated: 1/29/24