About Eric Chien-Wei Liao, MD, PhD

Chief Research Officer
Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School

Pediatric Plastic Surgeon | Cosmetic Surgeon | Reconstructive Surgeon
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Mass General

Dr. Liao is the chief research officer for the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He serves the department by overseeing the education, academic development, strategic and operational efforts of one of the largest surgical research portfolios in the country.

Dr. Liao is a Mass General pediatric plastic surgeon-scientist focused on improving the care of patients born with orofacial clefts and complex craniofacial conditions. He is also an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, with appointments in the Department of Genetics and Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and serves as the director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Boston Shriners Hospital for Children.

In addition to caring for children with complex craniofacial anomalies, Dr. Liao directs a robust clinical and fundamental research program, funded by the National Institutes of Health. He hopes to make an impact through treating children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies, developing future leaders in surgical research and investigating fundamental research questions that will lead to improvements in patient care.

“As a pediatric cleft surgeon, it is incredibly humbling and rewarding to restore form and function to patients born with cleft lip and palate anomalies. As surgeon-scientists, we hope our discoveries will lay the foundation for advances that will impact patients everywhere,” says Dr. Liao.

Additional Background

Dr. Liao is a graduate of Stanford University (BS, MS) and Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MD, PhD) and trained in plastic surgery at Mass General. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Liao's clinical and academic achievements have earned numerous prestigious awards, including American Surgical Association Research Fellowship, March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Scholar Award, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center One Hundred Honoree, and the Laurie and Mason Tenaglia MGH Research Scholar Award.

Related Information

Craniofacial Genomes

The craniofacial branch of the Rare Genomes Project improves the care and understanding of congenital craniofacial conditions.

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The Liao Lab

The goal of the Liao Lab is to investigate fundamental genetic regulation of facial development.

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