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Chien-Wei Eric (Eric) Liao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Principal Investigator, Center for Regenerative Medicine

Principal Faculty, Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Dr. Liao is dedicated to the highest standards of patient care. Dr. Liao brings the latest techniques in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to serve patients, tailored to each patient's anatomy and desires.

  • Phone: 617-643-5975
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery


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  • Burn Services
Clinical Interests
Cosmetic surgery
Facelift, Necklift, Rhinoplasty
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Cleft lip and palate
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
Breast augmentation, Breast lift
Breast Reconstruction
Botox and fillers (Juvederm)
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


When you consult with Dr. Liao, it will be apparent that he is focused on providing you the best outcome with the safest approach. Dr. Liao has expertise in breast and facial surgery, where techniques utilized in complex reconstructive surgery are applied to enhance cosmetic outcomes, and vice versa. Dr. Liao has expertise in the latest proven cosmetic procedures and performs the most challenging soft tissue reconstruction. It is this depth of clinical experience and versatility of practice that makes his skill set unique, enabling him to optimize care for both cosmetic and reconstructive patients.

He is expert in 1) breast surgery: breast lift (mastopexy), breast augmentation, reduction mammaplasty, all reconstruction methods, 2) facial aesthetic surgery: blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, face and neck lift, otoplasty, Botox and fillers, 3) body contouring: tummy tucks, liposuction.

Dr. Liao graduated from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School / M.I.T. (M.D., Ph.D.), and trained in Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency. Dr. Liao's clinical and academic excellence have earned numerous prestigious awards:  American Surgical Association Fellowship, Basil O'Connor Scholarship, MGH Cancer Center 100 Honoree.

Dr. Liao is an Associate Professor in Surgery and Residency Program Site Director at MGH. He also directs research as Principal Faculty of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute at the Center for Regenerative Medicine, with funding from the National Institutes of Health.

When Dr. Liao is involved in the care of a patient, it is a personal and expert relationship. He reciprocates the trust of a patient and her loved ones with great technical skill, aesthetic sense and the best science has to offer.


Dr. Liao strives to improve patient care through clinical and basic research innovation. He has contributed numerous original works on various topics in breast surgery, such as novel techniques in cosmetic breast surgery as well as reconstruction. His work is often focused on patient safety, such as prevention of deep vein thrombosis and how to manage challenging reconstructive problems. He is particularly interested in how to make smarter decisions before surgery.

Dr. Liao is active at the national and international level, through major surgical organizations, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Research Council, American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. He and his research fellows present at national meetings regularly, on topics ranging from breast reconstruction to craniofacial developmental genetics.  

Dr. Liao is a Principal Investigator and Faculty of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Principal Faculty of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Deputy Director of Research at Boston Shriners Hospital.  His laboratory investigates the genetic regulation of craniofacial development. His research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, with prestigious awards from the American Surgical Association and the March of Dimes.

Fellowship positions in basic and clinical research can be arranged with Dr. Liao. Full funding (2-year minimum tenure) can be guaranteed for candidates with the appropriate experience and references. For more information about the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Laboratory, see the research lab website.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Please see link to Pubmed for selected publications.
Clinical topics:
Aesthetic breast surgery, breast reduction.
Breast reconstruction, techniques, safety.
Breast reconstruction, multidisciplinary approach, textbook chapter.
Burn reconstruction.

Basic research topics:
Craniofacial development and genetics
Neural crest cell biology

Cranial neural crest cell migration

Transgenic embryo with neural crest cells labeled with kaede photoconvertible fluorescent protein, positioned with anterior pointing toward the right of screen. The most anterior CNCC are photoconverted (from green to red) and their migration is followed. The anterior (red cells) delaminate from a cluster of cells to a sheet as they migrate in a caudal to rostral direction, contributing to the median ethmoid plate.

Genetic regulation of facial development

Dr. Eric Liao, director of the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Laboratory, conducts research on the genetic regulation of facial development.

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15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-643-5975
Fax: 617-643-5967

Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-643-5975
Fax: 617-643-5967


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