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James Y. Liau, MD, FACS

Clinical Director for Plastic Surgery
James Y. Liau, MD, FACS
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  • Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery - Pediatric
This provider offers TeleCare
  • Conditions treated

    Cleft lip and cleft palate,  Facial clefting,  Craniosynostosis,  Skull deformities,  Eyelid and periorbital anomalies,  Congenital hand anomalies (duplicated or missing fingers),  Webbing of fingers or toes,  Hemangiomas,  Vascular malformations,  Facial development issues,  Breast anomalies and gynecomastia,  Ear deformities,  Nasal deformities,  Facial paralysis
  • About

    Dr. Liau and Frankie
    Frankie visits with his surgeon, Dr. James Liau, at the UK Chandler Hospital.

    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 Plastic and Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery


    University of Kentucky, College of Medicine


    University of Kentucky


    University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill

    Certifications and Special Training

    American Board of Plastic Surgery

    American Society of Plastic Surgeons

    American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons

    American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons

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