About Eric Liao, MD, PhD

Dr. Liao has combined expertise in pediatric and adult plastic surgery, in order to provide the best longitudinal care. Knowing how the body evolves over time and anticipating future development are critical to caring for pediatric and adult patients. Further, Dr. Liao applies cosmetic techniques for reconstruction and vice versa. For example, Dr. Liao will meet babies before birth to plan treatment for cleft lip/palate with the family. Most newborns with cleft lip also has asymmetry of the nose, so expertise in cosmetic rhinoplasty are used in restoring nasal symmetry for reconstruction. Likewise, it is important to consider risk of adult breast development and potential risk of breast cancer when treating macromastia or breast asymmetry in developing teens.

As the Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Dr. Liao has particular expertise in: 1) pediatric skin and soft tissue lesions, 2) teenage breast conditions, 3) prominent ears. As the Director of Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Dr. Liao leads our multidisciplinary team in comprehensive and multidisciplinary care of families with cleft lip and/or palate.

Dr. Liao is also an expert in breast reconstruction. He has innovated pre-pectoral breast reconstruction and contributed some of the earliest and largest clinical studies in the literature. 

Dr. Liao graduated from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, 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 is dedicated to patient care and strives to magnify that impact through training the next general of academic surgeons and research, leading as the Chief Research Officer of the Department of Surgery.

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 surgical science has to offer.

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Mass General Surgery: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
55 Fruit St.
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
Suite 435
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-643-5975

Medical Education

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

American Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

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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 and received 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 advances in breast reconstruction and craniofacial genetics.

Please visit https://www.liaolabmgh.org and the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Lab.


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