Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA
Dr. Tom S. Liu graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University. He went on to attend the prestigious University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Booth School of Business where he completed a competitive 5-year combined MD-MBA program. While at the University of Chicago, Dr. Liu discovered his passion for plastic surgery during a medical mission to Puerto Rico to help reconstruct children with congenital deformities. Combining his love of medicine with his new business knowledge, Dr. Liu worked on philanthropic medical ventures culminating with the fundraising of $10,000 for a Puerto Rican foundation specializing in pediatric reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Liu graduated 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. Tom Liu matched at the prestigious UCLA Medical Center (ranked “Best in the West” by US News and World Reports) for the highly competitive combined general surgery-plastic surgery program (only one position per year). While at UCLA, Dr. Liu developed a strong interest in aesthetic plastic surgery and microvascular surgery. After finishing his plastic surgery training at UCLA, Dr. Liu dedicated an extra year of sub-specialty fellowship training at the Plastic Surgery Institute in San Francisco, one of the only fellowships that offer combined training in aesthetic surgery and advanced microsurgery. During this year, Dr. Liu worked extensively with world-renowned plastic surgeons and learned specialized techniques in aesthetic facial plastic surgery, breast and body aesthetic plastic surgery, injectables, and microsurgery with a focus on breast reconstruction.
Dr. Liu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board that certifies plastic surgeons and is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Liu has authored many manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, such as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Annals of Plastic Surgery, and book chapters involving topics in breast reconstruction, microsurgery, facelift surgery, and the economics of plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Liu has also presented his works at society meetings. His research has been featured and quoted by the New York Times and NBC.
Dr. Liu is also the Co-Medical Director of the Plastic and Breast Reconstruction program at El Camino Hospital and has a passion for breast reconstruction surgery. His current research is focused on the advanced breast reconstruction techniques such as single-stage direct to implant reconstruction and total autologous reconstruction with fat grafting. Due to his surgical expertise and reputation, Dr. Liu has been selected as one of a handful of plastic surgeons across the country to serve on the advisory panel of a leading breast implant company, an advanced tissue allograft company in the field of breast cancer reconstruction, and an innovative scar treatment company. Dr. Liu is has also been an invited plastic surgery speaker to lecture on breast reconstruction, rhinoplasty and scar management.
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.
When not caring for his patients, Dr. Liu enjoys exploring new culinary adventures through food and cooking. Dr. Liu enjoys outdoor activities like cycling, skiing and hiking with his dog Caesar. Dr. Liu is married to a dermatologist.