James K. Liao, MD
Harold Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Cardiology
James K. Liao, MD, is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases, including artherosclerosis (a build up of fatty deposits in artery walls), peripheral vascular disease (hardening/narrowing of the arteries), dyslipidemia (high blood cholesterol), and cerebrovascular disease. He specializes in non-invasive cardiology, using genetic and novel clinical markers and advanced imaging techniques to diagnose diseases of the heart and vascular system.
An active researcher, Dr. Liao's work examines the role of lipid-lowering medications in ischemic stroke, coronary artery disease, and heart failure. In particular, he focuses on identifying novel signaling pathways that control vascular function in both normal and diseased states. He has served as the primary investigator in numerous basic and clinical studies, working to translate his findings from the laboratory to patient care. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA).
Dr. Liao has made significant contributions to medical literature, publishing more than 125 original articles in scientific journals, including Nature, Science, Nature Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Circulation. He is an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association and has served on editorial boards of prominent journals. He is recognized as an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).
Dr. Liao is consistently listed among the Top Physicians by "Who's Who in American Doctors."
The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Advanced Medicine
Year Started Practice
University of California San Francisco
Internship and Residency
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston (internal medicine)
Harvard Medical School, Boston (research fellowship)
American College of Cardiology
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View a partial list of Dr. Liao's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.