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Associate Professor, Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Systems & Population Health
Associate Chair for Health Systems, Department of Medicine
Medical Director of Payment Strategy, UW Medicine


Dr. Liao is a board-certified internal medicine physician, the Associate Chair for Health Systems in the Department of Medicine, and the Medical Director of Payment Strategy at UW Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine within the UW School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Systems and Population Health within the UW School of Public Health.

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.