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James Y. Liau, MD, FACS

Clinical Director for Plastic Surgery
| 4.55 out of 5
33 ratings | 5 comments
James Y. Liau, MD, FACS
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  • Cosmetic Surgery Associates
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • 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
  • 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

    | 4.55 out of 5
    33 ratings |5 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.

    May, 2019
    Everyone was very nice to me.

    March, 2019
    This was my first time seeing Dr. Liau. It was determined that Dr. Liau wasn't the correct dr. for my migraine treatment, regardless; the Administrative Staff were excellent and went the extra mile to help me. Also the student MD was awesome! Overall experience was great but I regret that this wasn't the Dr I needed. Thank you.

    March, 2019
    Dr Liau has exceptional personal skills. He makes me feel at ease even in the worst of. circumstances. His front office staff is always warm and friendly. Rita in surgery planning is very helpful.

    March, 2019
    *Dr. Liau & his staff are the absolute best! We enjoy our visits because of everyone's care, concern & compassion! *Dr. Liau is a true asset to UK & Lexington. We are so thankful for him. Every interaction with him & his staff is always a positive one! Thanks for all you do!

    October, 2018
    everyone in the hospital were concerned with my condition and showed me compassion and courtesy I cannot praise them enough for their concerns

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