James Y. Liau, MD, FACS

  • Clinical Director for Plastic Surgery
4.97 out of 5


  • 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


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
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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


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

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

4.97 out of 5
6 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

    Dr. Liau was very thorough in explaining my procedure. He also took his time and listened to my concerns while educating me on proper care post my procedure. He was also very concerned with my well being and making sure that I felt comfortable the entire time

    Patient Review

    Top health care experience, bed side manner and efficiency I could imagine. She left what could have been unpleasant appointment in a happy mood!

    Patient Review

    I thought they would do plastic surgery on my nose that day, instead they set me up to go to uk hospital for surgery

    Patient Review

    Buena. Good.

    Patient Review

    • Patient Review

      Dr liau and his staff are absolutely godsent couldn't ask for better people and would definitely recommend to anyone