About Eric Liao, MD, PhD

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-pectoral 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, Director of Cleft and Craniofacial Center and Chief Research Officer of the MGH Dept. of Surgery. He graduated from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School / MIT, 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.

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Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-643-5975
Fax: 617-643-5967

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Accepted Insurance Plans

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Dr. Liao is the Chief Research Officer of the MGH Department of Surgery. With over $55 million in annual expenditure, the MGH Dept. of Surgery has the largest surgical research program in the United States. Dr. Liao is a Principal Faculty at the Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. His research program is funded by the NIH, with prestigious awards from the American Surgical Association and the March of Dimes. In 2018, Dr. Liao was named the Laurie and Mason Tenaglia Mass General Research Scholar.

Dr. Liao strives to improve patient care through clinical and basic research. He has pioneered human stem cell and zebrafish craniofacial models and elucidated genetics that underpin craniofacial anomalies. He has made important contributions in team approach to breast reconstruction and cleft care. Dr. Liao believes that surgeons can impact the lives of patients we treat, but research enables us to impact the lives of patients we never get to meet.

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 team regularly present at national meetings on topics ranging from breast surgery to craniofacial developmental genetics.

Fellowship positions in basic and clinical research can be arranged with Dr. Liao.  Visit the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Lab.


  • 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