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Partners Online Second Opinions

For those with complex medical questions or concerns, looking for answers or alternatives, or simply peace of mind – we are here to help.

Partners Online Second Opinions has provided thousands of patients and physicians remote access to the many specialists affiliated with Partners HealthCare, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated healthcare delivery system, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Partners HealthCare network includes top hospitals in the United States, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Many of our specialists are world-renowned experts in their field, and are available to review medical history and related materials, and provide you with a written consultation report.

When you are faced with decisions regarding a new diagnosis or treatment plan, having another expert opinion is the first step towards getting the care you need.

For 200 years, patients have been traveling to Boston to get some of the best care in the world. Now you can access this expertise from the comfort of your home.


Featured Specialist
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Li-Li Hsiao, MD


Li-Li Hsiao, M.D., Ph.D. FACP Language: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese Dr. Hsiao, a member of the WIN (Women in Nephrology), ASN (American Society of Nephrology) and ISN (International Society of Nephrology), joined the faculty of the Renal Division at the Brigham and Women Hospital, Harvard Medical School in 2004. She received her Ph.D. degree from Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at Thomas Jefferson University in 1988 and M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1995. Dr. Hsiao completed her medical residency and chief residency at Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and a fellowship in Nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital-Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Hsiao has received many honors and awards throughout her career thus far including an Alpha-Omega-Alpha membership for Medical Honor society. She is currently a faculty member, an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Clinical Practice: Dr. Hsiao participates in the clinical work of the Division by attending on the Dialysis Ward and Consult services. She also has a regular out patient clinic focusing on chronic kidney diseases. Currently, Dr. Hsiao is the Program Director of “Asian Renal Clinic/International IgA Nephropathy Referral Center” at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, This program is designed to be a renal referral center serving large Asian population in Greater Boston area and around the world. Dr. Hsiao has been identified as a Nephrology specialist by International office; patients from around the world such as Turkey, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia have been consulting Dr. Hsiao for managing various renal diseases. Her area of expertise covers all aspects of chronic kidney disease (CKD). She is particular interested in (1) preventing progression of CKD (2) CKD- related bone disease (3) CKD- related anemia (4) Hypertension management in CKD patients (5) proteinuria management in CKD patients (6) Nutrition in CKD patients (7) dialysis access creation. As the Program Director of Asian Renal Clinic/International IgA Nephropathy Referral Center, one of Dr. Hsiao’s main focus of research is to study the effects of Herbal medicine on renal toxicity and cytoprotection. Teaching: Dr. Hsiao shares her experiences in renal physiology and pathophysiology by giving lectures to medical students at Harvard Medical School, by teaching the mechanism-based approach informally when she attends on the ward and consult services. She was given a teaching award by Harvard Medical School, class 2003. She is also a member of admission committee at Harvard Medical School. She is very passionate about humanity. She is helping to develop programs where experiences in medical knowledge, techniques and quality patient care can be exchanged between two Institutions.

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