Y. Joyce Liao, M.D. Ph.D.

Ophthalmologist

Neuro-ophthalmology specialist

Byers Eye Institute

  • 2452 Watson Court
  • Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Phone: 650-723-6995
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Multiple Sclerosis Center

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6469
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Neurogenetic Oncology Program

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
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Professional Education

Medical Education: Univ of California San Francisco (1998) CA

A.B., Harvard, Biochemical Sciences (1991)

Ph.D., UCSF, Neuroscience (1996)

Internship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1999) CA

Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (2002) CA

Fellowship: UCSF - Ophthalmology (2006) CA

Board Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2005)

Honors & Awards

McCormick Faculty Award, Office of Diversity and Leadership (2011-2013)

Grant Award, Center for Biomedical Imaging at Stanford (2011-2012, 2013-2014)

Grant Award, Weston Havens Foundation (2011-2013)

Young Investigator Award, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (2011)

Grant Award, Stanford University Vice Provost Undergraduate Research Faculty Grant (2010-2012)

Career Award in Biomedical Sciences, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation (2005-2014)

K08 Award, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (2003-2008)

S. Weir Mitchell Award, American Academy of Neurology (2004)

Dean's Prize in Research, University of California, San Francisco (1992)

Administrative Appointments

Director, Stanford Human Ocular Motor Center, 2006

Associate Director, Research, 2008

Co-Program Director, Vision Research Training Program, 2010

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Hospital & Clinics patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Optical coherence tomography study of experimental anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and histologic confirmation.
Ho, J. K., Stanford, M. P., Shariati, M. A., Dalal, R., & Liao, Y. J. (2013). Optical coherence tomography study of experimental anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and histologic confirmation. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 54(9), 5981-5988.

Functional rescue of experimental ischemic optic neuropathy with alpha B-crystallin
Pangratz-Fuehrer, S., Kaur, K., Ousman, S. S., Steinman, L., & Liao, Y. J. (2011). Functional rescue of experimental ischemic optic neuropathy with alpha B-crystallin. EYE, 25(6), 809-817.

Accessory lateral rectus in a patient with normal ocular motor control.
Liao, Y. J., & Hwang, J. J. (2014). Accessory lateral rectus in a patient with normal ocular motor control. Journal of neuro-ophthalmology , 34(2), 153-154.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Racemic Neurocysticercosis with Compression of the Optic Nerve
Moreno, M., Bui, T., Agarwal, M., Nitta, R., Liao, Y. J., & Li, G. (2014). Non-Surgical Treatment for Racemic Neurocysticercosis with Compression of the Optic Nerve. Journal of Spine and Neurosurgery.

Extreme Tolerance of the Optic Nerve to Ionizing Radiation: A Case Report Revealing the Role of the Dose-Volume Effect
Adler, J. R., Murovic, J., Liao, Y. J., & Shuer, L. M. (2014). Extreme Tolerance of the Optic Nerve to Ionizing Radiation: A Case Report Revealing the Role of the Dose-Volume Effect. Cureus.

Treatment of Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy: Clues from the Bench
Liao, Y. J., & Hwang, J. J. (2013). Treatment of Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy: Clues from the Bench. Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology.

Traumatic air bag maculopathy
Kung, J., Leung, L.-S., Leng, T., & Liao, Y. J. (2013). Traumatic air bag maculopathy. Archive of Ophthalmology, 131(5).

The Immunopathology of Giant Cell Arteritis: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Implications
Weyand, C. M., Liao, Y. J., & Goronzy, J. J. (2012). The Immunopathology of Giant Cell Arteritis: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Implications. JOURNAL OF NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY, 32(3), 259-265.

Plasticity and Stability of the Visual System in Human Achiasma
Hoffmann, M. B., Kaule, F. R., Levin, N., Masuda, Y., Kumar, A., & Dumoulin, S. O. (2012). Plasticity and Stability of the Visual System in Human Achiasma. NEURON, 75(3), 393-401.

Junctional Visual Field Loss in a Case of Wyburn-Mason Syndrome
Liu, A., Chen, Y.-W., Chang, S., & Liao, Y. J. (2012). Junctional Visual Field Loss in a Case of Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. JOURNAL OF NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY, 32(1), 42-44.

Dorsolateral Midbrain MRI Abnormalities and Ocular Motor Deficits Following Cytarabine-Based Chemotherapy for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Doan, T., Lacayo, N., Fisher, P. G., & Liao, Y. J. (2011). Dorsolateral Midbrain MRI Abnormalities and Ocular Motor Deficits Following Cytarabine-Based Chemotherapy for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. JOURNAL OF NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY, 31(1), 52-53.

Giant cell arteritis: immune and vascular aging as disease risk factors
Mohan, S. V., Liao, Y. J., Kim, J. W., Goronzy, J. J., & Weyand, C. M. (2011). Giant cell arteritis: immune and vascular aging as disease risk factors. ARTHRITIS RESEARCH & THERAPY, 13(4).

Congenital Achiasma and See-Saw Nystagmus in VACTERL Syndrome
Prakash, S., Dumoulin, S. O., Fischbein, N., Wandell, B. A., & Liao, Y. J. (2010). Congenital Achiasma and See-Saw Nystagmus in VACTERL Syndrome. JOURNAL OF NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY, 30(1), 45-48.

Cytomegalovirus Infection with MRI Signal Abnormalities Affecting the Optic Nerves, Optic Chiasm, and Optic Tracts
Pershing, S., Dunn, J., Khan, A., & Liao, Y. J. (2009). Cytomegalovirus Infection with MRI Signal Abnormalities Affecting the Optic Nerves, Optic Chiasm, and Optic Tracts. JOURNAL OF NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY, 29(3), 223-226.

Anti-Ca2+ channel antibody attenuates Ca2+ currents and mimics cerebellar ataxia in vivo
Liao, Y. J., Safa, P., Chen, Y.- ren, Sobel, R. A., Boyden, E. S., & Tsien, R. W. (2008). Anti-Ca2+ channel antibody attenuates Ca2+ currents and mimics cerebellar ataxia in vivo. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 105(7), 2705-2710.

Intracranial pressure returns to normal about a month after stopping tetracycline antibiotics
Winn, B. J., Liao, Y. J., & Horton, J. C. (2007). Intracranial pressure returns to normal about a month after stopping tetracycline antibiotics. ARCHIVES OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, 125(8), 1137-1138.

Intracranial hypotension caused by leakage of cerebrospinal fluid from the thecal sac after lumboperitoneal shunt placement
Liao, Y. J., Dillon, W. P., Chin, C. T., Mcderimott, M. W., & Horton, J. H. C. (2007). Intracranial hypotension caused by leakage of cerebrospinal fluid from the thecal sac after lumboperitoneal shunt placement. JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, 107(1), 173-177.

Isolated sixth cranial nerve aplasia visualized with fast imaging employing steady-state acquisition (FIESTA) MRI
Pilyugina, S. A., Fischbein, N. J., Liao, Y. J., & McCulley, T. J. (2007). Isolated sixth cranial nerve aplasia visualized with fast imaging employing steady-state acquisition (FIESTA) MRI. JOURNAL OF NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY, 27(2), 127-128.

An approach to critically ill patients in coma
Liao, Y. J., & So, Y. T. (2002). An approach to critically ill patients in coma. WESTERN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, 176(3), 184-187.

Normal cerebellar development but susceptibility to seizures in mice lacking G protein-coupled, inwardly rectifying K+ channel GIRK2
Signorini, S., Liao, Y. J., Duncan, S. A., Jan, L. Y., & Stoffel, M. (1997). Normal cerebellar development but susceptibility to seizures in mice lacking G protein-coupled, inwardly rectifying K+ channel GIRK2. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 94(3), 923-927.

Heteromultimerization of G-protein-gated inwardly rectifying K+ channel proteins GIRK1 and GIRK2 and their altered expression in weaver brain
Liao, Y. J., Jan, Y. N., & Jan, L. Y. (1996). Heteromultimerization of G-protein-gated inwardly rectifying K+ channel proteins GIRK1 and GIRK2 and their altered expression in weaver brain. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 16(22), 7137-7150.

Functional effects of the mouse weaver mutation on g protein-gated inwardly rectifying K+ channels
Slesinger, P. A., Patil, N., Liao, Y. J., Jan, Y. N., Jan, L. Y., & Cox, D. R. (1996). Functional effects of the mouse weaver mutation on g protein-gated inwardly rectifying K+ channels. NEURON, 16(2), 321-331.

DISTINCT MORPHOGENETIC FUNCTIONS OF SIMILAR SMALL GTPASES - DROSOPHILA DRAC1 IS INVOLVED IN AXONAL OUTGROWTH AND MYOBLAST FUSION
Luo, L. Q., Liao, Y. J., Jan, L. Y., & Jan, Y. N. (1994). DISTINCT MORPHOGENETIC FUNCTIONS OF SIMILAR SMALL GTPASES - DROSOPHILA DRAC1 IS INVOLVED IN AXONAL OUTGROWTH AND MYOBLAST FUSION. GENES & DEVELOPMENT, 8(15), 1787-1802.

PRESYNAPTIC A-CURRENT BASED ON HETEROMULTIMERIC K+ CHANNELS DETECTED IN-VIVO
Sheng, M., Liao, Y. J., Jan, Y. N., & Jan, L. Y. (1993). PRESYNAPTIC A-CURRENT BASED ON HETEROMULTIMERIC K+ CHANNELS DETECTED IN-VIVO. NATURE, 365(6441), 72-75.

HUMAN FETAL LIVER GAMMA/DELTA T-CELLS PREDOMINANTLY USE UNUSUAL REARRANGEMENTS OF THE T-CELL RECEPTOR DELTA-LOCI AND GAMMA-LOCI EXPRESSED ON BOTH CD4+CD8- AND CD4-CD8- GAMMA/DELTA T-CELLS
Wucherpfennig, K. W., Liao, Y. J., Prendergast, M., Prendergast, J., Hafler, D. A., & STROMINGER, J. L. (1993). HUMAN FETAL LIVER GAMMA/DELTA T-CELLS PREDOMINANTLY USE UNUSUAL REARRANGEMENTS OF THE T-CELL RECEPTOR DELTA-LOCI AND GAMMA-LOCI EXPRESSED ON BOTH CD4+CD8- AND CD4-CD8- GAMMA/DELTA T-CELLS. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE, 177(2), 425-432.