Dr. B U.K. Li facing the camera and smiling

NASPGHAN Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

To recognize #AsianAmericanandPacificIslanderHeritageMonth, we want to highlight a member of @NASPGHAN, who has made a significant impact in our field, Dr. B U.K. Li.

Dr. Li is an expert in cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) and spearheaded the effort to define and standardize the diagnostic and management protocols. He has published extensively on CVS and has received National Institute of Health funding for his research. Additionally, he was the co-founder of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association in 1995, which now has approximately 130 local chapters.

Learn more about Dr. B U.K. Li

Name: B Li

Current position/institution: Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin

Hometown: newly resettled in Lafayette, CO (Boulder area)

Favorite GI disease: what else, CVS (EoE and IBS second)?

Hobbies: studying Chen (original form) Tai Chi, road biking, collecting Chinese ink paintings, watching tOSU football … four grandkids (1-11 years)

Favorite vacation spot: Vancouver, BC (4 months/year)

Most special trip: hiking down to/back up from Hang En (world’s 3rd largest) cavern and sleeping there in central Vietnam

Favorite activists: three Asian women that I’ve met, Yuri Kochiyama (a pan-ethnic activist who held Malcolm X’s after he was shot), Helen Zia (author, editor Ms. Magazine, college buddy), and Jennifer Ho (anti-Asian racism activist, Director of Center for Arts & Humanities CU-Boulder, niece)

Book I recommend:  The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, currently reading Pachinko by Lee Min-jin

Best career advice received:  Hmmm, plenty of mixed advice, but one that most resonates was ‘when your effort becomes timeless, you’ll know you’ve found your passion …’



The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
Help & Hope for Children with Digestive Disorders
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
JPGN Reports