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Xinli Du, MD PhD

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120 Ratings
16 Comments

Specialty

Neuromuscular
Neurology

Locations

Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center (NOW Center)
11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

Department

Neurology

Education

Medical School

Peking Union Medical College

Internship

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Residency

University of Virginia Health System

Fellowship

University of Virginia Health System

Biography

A neurologist on a mission ‘to make the world a better place’

Even with her background and education in neuroscience, “I am constantly amazed by the complexity of our nervous system, and the critical-thinking skills and challenges around diagnosing and managing neurological conditions,” says Dr. Xinli Du, a physician board-certified in neurology and neuromuscular medicine at VCU Health.

It is that commitment to finding cures and providing care that drives Dr. Du in her practice, where she treats adult patients living with common neurologic issues such as migraine headaches or more complex conditions like myopathy, neuropathy, neuromuscular junction disorders, or degenerative conditions such ALS. She performs routine and specialized electromyography to study muscle response and electrical activity in the nerves, as well as biopsies to diagnose nerve and muscle diseases. She is also a specialist in chemodenervation (Botox injection) to treat neurological conditions such as dystonia, spasticity, blepharospasm, chronic migraine, and others.

“Very often, from that first meeting with the patient, I can provide a list of possibilities and make a plan for confirming the diagnosis,” she says. “I welcome questions from the patient, and have found that the more the patient gets involved, the more trust and collaboration I can build. That trust translates into even better patient care.”

She also teaches the next generation of neurologists, serving as assistant clinical professor and site director of resident education at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. She moves between treating patients at VCU’s NOW Center in Short Pump to caring for veterans with neurological conditions at the VA, located just a few miles south of the city.

Dr. Du chose to pursue a career in medicine – neurology, specifically – as a way “to care and help patients, educate and empower them to take control of their health,” she says. “Every day at VCU Health, we are finding new answers, helping people, gaining new knowledge and skills, and making incredible breakthroughs in our knowledge of the brain and nervous system.”

Despite advances in care, she says, there is still a long way to go to understand how the brain works. “yet what we have experienced, just in the past few years, has been a transformational shift in the number of therapies available for neurological diseases and conditions that were once thought incurable,” she explains.

Still, she says, there are many neurological and neuromuscular conditions that do not have a cure or effective treatment.

“That reality can be hard to accept as a physician,” she says. “It’s even harder to convey to patients and their family. And for those patients and families, we do everything we can to take good care of them and provide the right treatments and therapies they need to live as comfortably as possible.”

Her advice to patients undergoing neurological care or facing a diagnosis? “Stay positive, find a support system, get involved, ask questions, and stay connected with your care team,” she says. “And most of all: Be your own best advocate.”

Clinical Interests

Neuromuscular Diseases and Disorders
EMG
Chemodenervation

Locations

Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center (NOW Center)

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

Ratings & Reviews

120 Ratings
16 Comments

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The VCU Health care team has always shown great concern regarding my health.
August 2020
Dr Du is an exceptional provider. She listens and I never feel rush with my health care needs. I am always pleased with my visits. I highly recommend her as a provider. She is a great asset to the VCU Health medical team. I am grateful to have her on my team. She's AWESOME!!!
August 2020
[...] 1st time seeing Dr. Du, excellent.
March 2020
Very caring.
October 2019
Dr. Du continues to go above & beyond with her amazing care of me! She remembers our conversations from years ago and is always trying to get me the most help & information possible - even though there's little to work with!
August 2019
She very good.
February 2019
Dr. Du is an exceptional physician. She was compassionate, caring and truly interested in my health care.
December 2018
Excellent experience, took time t explain things to me.
October 2018
Dr. Du is my favorite provider at VCU Health. And always fits me in if I need to be seen in short notice.
August 2018
I have never felt so heard by a provider in my life. She was very knowledgeable and caring.
August 2018
I am thankful everyday knowing Dr. Du is there for me if I need her! She always somehow remembers me so well - Even though I only get to see her once a year! Dr. Du absolutely goes above & beyond for me, and is so sincere! I can't tell you how much that means to me.
July 2018
Dr. Du is excellent. I always look forward to my appointments with her. I was especially impressed when she contacted my insurance company to advocate for a treatment plan that they had tried to deny. She truly cares about her patients and that is very reassuring and comforting.
June 2018
Dr. Du is the best.
June 2018
Dr. Du is great. I have total trust with my nerve condition.
May 2018
I see Dr. Du every 3 months for a chronic medical condition. Every appointment is a pleasant experience. She is very responsive to all my questions and concerned and everyone from the front desk at check in/out to the nurse is always professional and kind.
February 2018
I'm always telling friends & people about your treatment!
February 2018