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Practice areas

  • Cosmetic Surgery Associates
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Faculty rank

Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinic information

Clinical interests

  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Craniofacial Reconstruction
  • Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery



University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington


University of Kentucky, Lexington


University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill

Certifications or Special training

American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons

Additional information


UK HealthCare pediatric team brings Guatemalan child closer to a normal life.

My name is James Liau; I practice the complete spectrum of plastic and reconstructive surgery. I also specialize in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery and craniofacial surgery, focusing on comprehensive treatment of children with cleft lips and palates, congenital craniofacial deformities, as well as other more unique congenital problems requiring pediatric plastic surgery.

After graduating from medical school at UK, I went onto an internship at UC-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. I returned to the University of Kentucky to complete a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency and then pursued a fellowship in pediatric reconstructive surgery and craniofacial surgery at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Research publications

Radabaugh JP, Zhang P, Wang D, Lin PL, Shelton J, Liau JY, Cunningham LL, Gal TJ. Barriers to Repair in Maxillofacial Trauma. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016 May 1;18(3):177-82.

Rinker B, Liau JY. A prospective randomized study comparing woven polyglycolic acid and autogenous vein conduits for reconstruction of digital nerve gaps. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 May;36(5):775-81.