James Y. Liau, MD, FACS

Clinical interests

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

James Y. Liau, MD, FACS

Biography

Dr. James Liau practices the complete spectrum of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He also specializes 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, Liau went onto his internship at UC-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He returned to UK to complete a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency and then pursued his fellowship in pediatric reconstructive surgery and craniofacial surgery at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Personal statement

What really attracted me to plastic surgery was being on the recovery side, whether it's after cancer surgery or a trauma. It's about trying to restore what patients had before. When I take care of a patient, my philosophy is more about the patient – it's about their goals and what they want. We identify what it is that bothers them and what are they looking for to help them continue on with their lives. That is what I really enjoy about plastic surgery – being on that other side and getting people back to normal.

Faculty rank

Associate Professor of Surgery

Education

Degree
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington

Residency
University of Kentucky, Lexington

Fellowship
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

Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Kentucky Clinic
Second Floor, Wing C, Room E101
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

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Call 859-323-8082
Fax 859-257-5901

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Amenities
Dining, Internet/Wi-Fi, Information desk, Pharmacy services, Wheelchairs

Parking is available at the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage (PS #3).

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Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Associates

UK Good Samaritan Medical Office Building
Suite 303
125 E. Maxwell St.
Lexington KY 40508-2678

Call 859-257-7171

Parking is available at the Good Samaritan Medical Plaza Parking Lot (on site).

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Plastic Surgery

Kentucky Clinic
First Floor, Wing C, Room E101
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

Call 859-323-8082
Fax 859-257-5901

Amenities
Dining, Internet/Wi-Fi, Information desk, Pharmacy services, Wheelchairs

Parking is available at the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage (PS #3).

Kentucky Clinic Map (PDF, 616 KB) »
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Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Shriners Medical Center
110 Conn Terrace
Lexington KY 40508

Call 859-257-1000
Call 800-333-8874

UK HealthCare Parking Garage (Parking Structure #8) is directly behind Shriners Medical Center.

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Insurance information

Insurance policies can vary widely. Please check with your doctor/clinic for specific insurance information before your visit or procedure to avoid unexpected out-of-pocket costs. See list of insurers »

 

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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.

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