Dan Li

Assistant Professor
Health & Community Systems


Dr. Dan Li coordinates program curriculum change, and directs academic advising, recruitment, retention, and student support activities.

Dr. Li particularly is interested in new technologies that will increase the efficiency of pressure injury assessment. She has developed an automatic tool to measure the characteristics of pressure injuries by using computer vision technology. This tool provides objective and consistent information concerning pressure injury dimensions (length, width and surface area) and the percentage of different wound tissues on the pressure injury wound bed. Another advantage of this tool is that it can compensate for the knowledge and experience deficits of nurses on pressure injury assessment and documentation. In addition, the parameters retrieved from this tool could help monitor effectiveness of the treatment for the healing process of pressure injuries. Dr. Li also has expertise in data mining methods as an approach to leverage "big data" for decision making and insight in health care. She currently is using these methods to build predictive models for patients who underwent cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS+HIPEC) to seek strategies that prevent prolonged hospital stays and improve anesthetic managements.

Dr. Li earned her bachelor of engineering (BSME) at Shenyang University and her bachelor of science, computer information system (BSc CIS) at Northeast University. She earned her bachelor of nursing and Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Miami.

She is actively involved in professional organizations including:

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS)
  • American Nursing Informatics
  • Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society
  • Marquis Who’s Who

Her committee work at the University of Pittsburgh is highlighted by her service on the schoolwide curriculum committee at the School of Nursing, Education and Curriculum Committee at the university level, and the system informatics council at UPMC. Dr. Li is a peer reviewer at the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, BMJ Open, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and The Open Nursing Journal

Clinical Emphasis

Nursing informatics

Scholarly Emphasis

Using technology for wound assessment
Clinical data-mining


Information Technology Project Management
Methods in Technology Evaluation and Usability
Nursing Informatics Theories & Issues
Nursing informatics Practicum 1
Nursing informatics Practicum 2