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Affiliate Associate Professor, Medicine


Dr. Liao is a board-certified internal medicine physician. He completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital where he was also a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Dr. Liao's work.

Education & Training

  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (2008–2012)
  • Internal Medicine Internship and Residency, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (2012–2015)
  • Fellowship in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (2012–2015)
  • MSc, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2015–2017)

publication highlights

Dr. Liao has published 200+ articles, including over 150 in peer-reviewed medical journals such as the New England Journal of MedicineThe Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical AssociationHealth Affairs, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the British Medical Journal. His ideas have appeared in outlets such as the Washington PostForbes, the Boston Globe, NPR, the Seattle Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Dr. Liao's scholarship focuses on how systems of financing and delivering care work together with human behavior to affect health outcomes.

He leads the Value & Systems Science Lab, which was created to transform data and ideas into actionable insight. The Lab was founded on the notion that the more of this type of transformation occurs, the greater the chance that value- and systems-based interventions can improve the health of patients and populations.