Dr. Tom S. Liu's career began at Northwestern University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his training at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Booth School of Business, where he completed a prestigious 5-year MD-MBA program.
During his medical training at the University of Chicago, Dr. Liu went on a medical mission to Puerto Rico to perform reconstructive surgery on underprivileged children. It was during this time that he discovered his love for plastic surgery. With his combined medical and business training, Dr. Liu dove headfirst into philanthropic medical ventures, empowering a Puerto Rican foundation specializing in pediatric reconstructive procedures. Dr. Liu went on to graduate from the University of Chicago with Honors and was a nominee for the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA
College: Northwestern University
Medical School: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency (General Surgery): UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship (Plastic Surgery): UCLA Medical Center
Sub-Specialty Fellowship (Aesthetics and Microsurgery): CPMC-Davies: Aesthetic Surgery Institute / Buncke Clinic
Hospital Affiliations: Good Samaritan Hospital, El Camino Hospital, California Pacific Medical Centers
Dr. Liu continued his medical training at the UCLA Medical Center, earning a place in the highly competitive general surgery-plastic surgery program, which accepts only one position per year. During this time, he further developed his passion for aesthetic plastic surgery, along with microvascular surgery which is critical in advanced reconstructive surgery.
At the conclusion of his plastic surgery training, Dr. Liu underwent an extra year of subspecialty fellowship training at the Plastic Surgery Institute in San Francisco. This is one of the only programs that offers both aesthetic surgery training and advanced microsurgery training. During this fellowship, Dr. Liu learned from world leaders in plastic surgery, becoming an expert in specialized techniques in facial plastic surgery, breast procedures, and aesthetic body procedures--along with injectables and microsurgery with a focus on breast reconstruction. Dr. Liu is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only plastic surgery board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Throughout his career, Dr. Liu has authored countless articles that were published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Annals of Plastic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has additionally written book chapters covering microsurgery, breast reconstruction, facelift surgery, and the economics of the plastic surgery industry. Dr. Liu's research has been featured in NBC and the New York Times.
Dr. Liu is active at the El Camino Hospital, where he is the Co-Medical Director of the Plastic and Breast Program. Currently, Dr. Liu's researched focuses on advanced breast reconstruction, such as autologous reconstruction and single-stage direct-to-implant reconstruction. With his surgical prowess, Dr. Liu was invited to participate on the advisory panel of an advanced tissue allograft company, a leading breast implant company, and an innovative scar treatment company.
Dr. Liu has an aesthetic philosophy grounded in producing natural long lasting results for his patients. Dr. Liu believes in the restoration and preservation of youth rather than transformation through surgery. Dr. Liu provides each of his patients with an individualized thorough aesthetic analysis and utilizes advanced surgical and non-surgical procedures to create an optimal result for each patient.
Dr. Liu has carefully honed his surgical philosophy, which is focused on producing natural, lasting results. He believes in the restoration of youth, rather than total transformation of a patient's natural appearance. Upon meeting his patients in consultation, Dr. Liu provides a thorough aesthetic assessment before leveraging advanced surgical techniques to produce an optimal outcome.
During his free time, Dr. Liu explores his love of food with culinary adventures in the kitchen. He also enjoys staying active and is an avid cyclist, skier, and hiker. Dr. Liu's wife is a dermatologist.