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James Y. Liau, MD, FACS

Clinical Director for Plastic Surgery
| 4.45 out of 5
27 ratings | 8 comments
James Y. Liau, MD, FACS
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  • Cosmetic Surgery Associates
  • 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

  • Ratings & Reviews

    | 4.45 out of 5
    27 ratings |8 comments

    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.

    January, 2020
    All staff were excellent and took great care of us.

    September, 2019
    Dr.Liau is always caring and compassionate. He takes time with us during each visit to answer any questions and explain next steps. His bedside manner is so comforting and his surgery skills are remarkable! The office staff and nurses/assistants are always kind, friendly and compassionate. We have nothing but fabulous things to say about Dr. Liau and his team and our so fortunate to have him take such great care of our son!

    September, 2019
    The staff at UK Plastic Surgery is fantastic. Friendly, knowledgeable, professional and great to work with. *Dr. Liau did an amazing job on my procedure. I am glad I chose UK Plastic Surgery.

    August, 2019
    that was a good experience

    August, 2019
    *Dr. Liau's staff is on board with his efficient, compassionate, common-sense-almost "front lines" approach to surgical patient care. He is a rock star and his clinic should set the patient-care standard for UK. *Margaret is especially helpful in expediting the patient's experience.

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