About the Center

The Sleep Apnea Surgery Center was established by Kasey K. Li, MD, DDS, FACS. The mission of the center is to strive for excellence in the surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

Under the direction of Dr. Li, the center provides comprehensive sleep apnea surgical therapy for patients who have failed or declined medical therapies such as nasal CPAP or oral appliance, as well as for patients who have had unsuccessful sleep apnea surgery.

Specializing in the surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Li is distinguished as the only surgeon in the world board certified by the American boards of otolaryngology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Based on his unique background and more than 20 years of experience in the surgical art of head and neck reconstruction, Dr. Li has pioneered and refined many sleep apnea surgical techniques.

Here are just a few:

He was the first to

  • report on the use of radiofrequency treatment of nasal turbinate hypertrophy
  • evaluate the long-term outcomes of radiofrequency treatment for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
  • assess the airway mechanics and facial aesthetics of maxillomandibular advancement in sleep apnea surgery

Dr. Li was also the first to compare the objective sleep study results with the patients’ subjective quality of life responses following maxillomandibular advancement.

Dr. Li has worked closely with Dr. Christian Guilleminault, a world leader in sleep medicine who was the first to describe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, as well as a variant of sleep-disordered breathing that commonly affects women, the Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome.

Dr. Li was the surgical consultant to the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and along with Dr. Guilleminault, directed the multidisciplinary Sleep Apnea Treatment Team at Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic.

The Sleep Apnea Surgery Center provides expert surgical consultative services to numerous sleep disorder centers throughout the United States and abroad. Additionally, the center is participating in numerous research projects in developing new and minimally invasive medical and surgical treatments of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

Directed by Dr. Li, the Sleep Apnea Surgery Center is committed to providing excellent comprehensive surgical care for patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.