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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
  • Breast augmentation, Breast lift
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Botox and fillers (Juvederm)
  • Liposuction
  • Microsurgery
  • Burn injury
  • Burns and critical care
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
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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
Provider Gender


Dr. Liao will provide you the best outcome with the safest approach. Dr. Liao applies techniques from cosmetic surgery to improve reconstructive results. Dr. Liao developed minimally invasive and short scar cosmetic facial and breast procedures, and endoscopic tummy tuck procedure.  His depth of clinical experience, creativity, and focus on safety combine to optimize outcome for both cosmetic and reconstructive patients.

Dr. Liao is expert in 1) breast surgery: breast augmentation (hidden scar), breast lift, reduction mammaplasty (scarless), muscle sparing (pre-pec hidden scar) direct to implant breast reconstruction, 2) facial aesthetic surgery: blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, face and neck lift (short scar), otoplasty, Kybella, Botox, fillers, 3) body contouring: tummy tuck (endoscopic, short scar), liposuction.

Dr. Liao is an Associate Professor in Surgery and Director of Cleft and Craniofacial Center at MGH. He graduated from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School / M.I.T., and trained in Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency.  Dr. Liao's clinical and academic excellence have earned numerous prestigious awards:  American Surgical Association Fellowship, March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Scholarship, MGH Cancer Center 100 Honoree. Dr. Liao was named a Mass General Research Scholar in 2018, for his unique ability to translate research to improve patient outcomes. When Dr. Liao is involved in your care, it is a personal and expert relationship. He reciprocates your trust and those of your loved ones with great surgical skill, aesthetic sense and the best technology 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 made important contributions on various topics in breast surgery, such as novel techniques in cosmetic breast surgery (short scar endoscopic tummy tuck, scarless breast reduction, hidden scar breast augmentation) 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. In 2018, Dr. Liao was named Mass General Research Scholar, a prestigious MGH award.

Fellowship positions in basic and clinical research can be arranged with Dr. Liao.  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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