James Y. Liau, MD, FACS

  • Clinical Director for Plastic Surgery
4.79 out of 5

Conditions

  • Cleft Lip & Palate - Pediatric
  • Adult Burns & Scars
  • 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

Procedures Performed

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 Statment

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
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    James Liau, MD - UK HealthCare

    James Liau, MD - UK HealthCare
    UK HealthCare Pediatric Team Brings Guatemalan Child Closer to a Normal Life
    GSF 9 2016 video journal-Liau
    GSF Trip September 2017
    James Liau, MD - UK HealthCare
    UK HealthCare Pediatric Team Brings Guatemalan Child Closer to a Normal Life
    GSF 9 2016 video journal-Liau
    GSF Trip September 2017

Training & Education

Degree

University of Kentucky, College of Medicine

Residency

University of Kentucky

Fellowship

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

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.

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Ratings & Reviews

4.79 out of 5
10 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • Patient Review

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    April 27th 2022
    Dr. Liau has made our cranio journey not so scary. He is very informative. He has never rushed through a visit. He has always been there to answer any or questions or concerns we have whether it be in person visit, phone call, or email.

    Patient Review

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    April 20th 2022
    Dr. Liau is a very nice, concerning Doctor I've had. Very pleased

    Patient Review

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    April 20th 2022
    Dr.Liau goes above and beyond for us and so does all his staff. I could never thank them enough for what they have done for my baby girl.

    Patient Review

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    February 2nd 2022
    The doctors were very nice, they spoke clearly about what was going on with our son and the options about what we could do if we were concerned.

    Patient Review

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    December 15th 2021
    Great job
    • Patient Review

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      November 17th 2021
      Dr. Liau is the best.
    • Patient Review

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      October 13th 2021
      He did not seem like he should be a peds doctor. He was very straight forward and didn't ask her how she felt or anything of the like. He didn't really tell us anything we didn't know and seemed like we were just wasting his time.
    • Patient Review

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      September 29th 2021
      Awesome!
    • Patient Review

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      September 1st 2021
      *Dr. Liau is fantastic!
    • Patient Review

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      August 11th 2021
      Good.