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

  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Center
  • Principal Investigator, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Harvard Stem Cell Institute


Accepting New Patients


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.


Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Facelift, Necklift, Rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Otoplasty
  • Breast augmentation, Breast lift
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Microsurgery
  • Botox and fillers (Juvederm)
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
Medical Education
  • MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital|Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Plastic Surgery
Foreign Languages
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric


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

Dr. Liao graduated from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School / M.I.T. (MD, PhD), 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 Director of Cleft and Craniofacial Center 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.

Read testimonials from some of Dr. Liao's patients.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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 (endoscopic breast augmentation, minimal invasive tummy tuck) and reconstruction (muscle sparing direct to implant breast reconstruction). He is particularly interested in how to make smarter decisions before surgery, optimizing cosmetic and safety outcomes.

Dr. Liao is active in leadership positions at the national and international levels, through major surgical organizations, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, Plastic Surgery Research Council, and the American College of Surgeons. He and his research fellows present at national meetings regularly, on topics ranging from breast surgery to craniofacial developmental genetics.  

Dr. Liao is a Principal Investigator and Faculty of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Principal Faculty of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.  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

News & Events

  • Closing the Genetic Gap in Orofacial Clefts

    Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children are using animal models to investigate the genetic and cellular triggers of human clefting. Their findings could lead to the development of earlier detection and more effective treatments capable of halting or reversing cleft development.

  • Genetic regulation of facial development

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


  • 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.


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