Biography


Dr. Liou is a local product, having grown up in Salinas and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. He received his M.D. from New York Medical College and completed his General Surgery training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At Cedars, he was recognized for his excellence in clinical care and research with numerous awards and publications. Dr. Liou recently completed his 2 years of Thoracic Surgery training at Stanford, during which time he proved to be an outstanding physician and surgeon and a dedicated clinical researcher.

Dr. Liou’s expertise includes all surgical diseases of the lung, mediastinum, esophagus, chest wall, and diaphragm, with particular interest in thoracic oncology and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has extensive experience with minimally invasive and open management of lung and esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, and benign esophageal disease. Dr. Liou's primary research focus has been on clinical outcomes in thoracic oncology and quality improvement.

Dr. Liou practices out of Stanford Hospital main campus and Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare Hospital in Pleasanton, where he is starting Stanford's Thoracic Surgery program in the East Bay.

Professional Summary


Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (2021)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Thoracic Surgery Fellowship (2018) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2017)
  • Residency: Cedars Sinai Medical Center General Surgery Residency (2016) CA
  • Medical Education: New York Medical College Registrar (2010) NY

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Practice Locations


Thoracic Surgery Clinic in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Thoracic Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Heart & Vascular Clinic Pleasanton Pleasanton, CA
Pleasanton, CA

5565 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 150

Pleasanton , CA 94588

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Thoracic Cancer Program in Pleasanton Pleasanton, CA
Pleasanton, CA

5565 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 150

Pleasanton , CA 94588

(925) 263-5747

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Thoracic Surgery Pleasanton, CA
Pleasanton, CA

5565 W. Las Positas Blvd, Suite 150

Pleasanton , CA 94588

(925) 263-5747

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Chest Wall Surgery Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Have confidence in his skill as a Doctor and surgeon. His knowledge about the surgery he performed is impressive as well as he understanding of out-comes
Again Dr. Liou was kind and helpful and PA Jessica clarified questions about the procedure prior to surgery
I felt he had researched my case and came up with the best possible plan.
Very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain the prognosis.
He really spent time going over my situation and solutions. He was very thorough
I feel extremely fortunate to have been referred to Dr. Liou over a year ago. He has always shown concern and compassion for my condition. He’ takes the time to explain every detail of the procedures in a way I can understand, which I appreciate. He listens attentively and treats me with courtesy and respect. Aside from being an excellent doctor, he is a wonderful caring and considerate gentleman.
A fantastic doctor who saved my life!
Dr Liou. Was very easy to talk to
Dr. Liou has been a wonderful doctor for the past two years. He takes his time with me during our visits and he is patient with all of my questions.
Dr. Liou is amazing.
Seems competent and confident. Expressed a desire to maage the cancer in a the best possible way.
Dr. Explained everything well, he was very professional and calming.
Absolutely took all the time necessary to explain, and answer questions.
Dr Liou, was honest, and said the Copd that I have will not fit this program. So, my next step is to get on the list for a Lung transplant. Thank you Patsy Brooks 650 269 4943
Very good discussion about my health and continued care.
Dr. Liou was very kind. Definitely took my best interest to help us make our decision.
Thank you
Extremely concerned doctor about all your medical needs. Very easy to talk with.
Dr. Liou is a wonderful doctor. He is very professional, patient, thorough, a good listener, and very nice. I am fortunate to have been referred to him.
Dr. Liou and his team are phenomenal!
I would gladly refer Dr. Lion, he and his staff, including his PA are tops in their field, I have so much confidence in their amazing care!
Dr Liou has an excellent team!!
Excellent doctor. I highly recommend him. The same goes for Jessica Parkyn, his PA.
VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND COMPASSION OF THE WHOLE TEAM
He takes his time and explains things clearly.
I find D. Liou very professional and also very clear explaining the issue regarding my health questions, thank you Dr. Liou
Wish all doctors would be as easy to talk to as Dr Liou. 10 out of 10!
Got all my questions answered.
Thanks to Dr. Liou for his help and support thoughout my surgery.
Excellent patient care
Dr. Liou is clearly knowledgeable and also very personable. I feel in safe hands with him.
He was very understandable and professional. Nicely done!
Very thoughtful
Dr Liou is very clear spoken and thorough as well as his team person, Jessica Parkyn. All questions were answered clearly and I have received wonderful care by Dr Liou and his team.
Dr. Liou is such an excellent provider. He is kind and attentive. He has fantastic communication skills. I feel as though he remembers details about my personal life that were shared during our visits. I truly appreciate the care he takes and his incredible knowledge and attention to detail. He is the most well rounded and caring surgeon I have ever met and I hope to be as good a provider to my patients in the future.
Dr. Liou was thorough, courteous and friendly. The video appointment went extremely well and I would like to use it again.
I'm very grateful to have such a wonderful surgeon.
Dr Liou is a excellent dr, he done awesome surgery for me 7/2020, he always explains information to me in the way i can fully understand he’s open and caring, i love dr Liou。
Doctor Liou was so understanding. He really listened to me and asked questions about my symptoms. I have been dealing with chronic cough for too long and it is affecting all aspects of my life. I felt like I am finally getting closer to an answer.
Seems like a good doctor
He explained the test result to me in detailed. He is friendly, professional.
Excellent appointment
Smart guy. Good explanations without condescension.
Dr Liou made me feel very comfortable with him and his abilities as a surgeon.
EVERYONE WAS CARRYING,
Excellent doctor
I feel so fortunate to have been referred to this wonderful doctor. He’s a caring and considerate.
Wow! He was incredible . Took time to explain, answer questions, and even used drawings to assist in my understanding. I feel confident going forward with him as my doctor.
Dr. Liou explained the procedure very well and alleviated some of my anxiety about it.
Dr. Liou was factual, informative and kind. I feel comfortable moving forward with him as my surgeon.
I have confidence in my care with Dr. Liou as my doctor. He is thinking about new and more efficient ways to handle my care, tests, and I appreciate that he approaches his ideas, as a discussion. He is very thorough, and he has a great way of explaining things in a way a patient can understand. Dr. Liou is a wonderful doctor.
Hey Doctor Liou you’re awesome!
Dr. Liou is very knowledgeable and I enjoy talking with him.
Appointment went very smoothly.
Dr.Lou is the best if I have doubts or worries about anything we talk and everything is better he’s Very smart and I trust him
Very concerned and knowledgeable about my diagnosis
Dr. Liou was clear, informative and encouraging. I would recommend him to anyone seeking care.
He’s very courteous, and patient, has an extremely caring nature and clearly explains everything that you need to know within the confines of the time of the call. Always seem to do the very best job that he can do to take care of his patient.
Was very professional and thorough would recommend him to everyone.
Thank you Dr Liou he was a very professional during my in person, video and telephone appointments. He always talk to me and explain the things on the way that I understand my health condition.
I appreciated Dr. Liou's professionalism. He was very thorough and did not make me feel rushed. I felt we had a good exchange and he had a good grasp of my previous history and current health concerns. He also had a very pleasant manner and I felt he was very approachable and sincere. I would gladly see him again if necessary for my health situation.
very informative
Excelent customer services
He was very thorough
very happy
Very understanding, knowledgeable doctor.
Very good Doctor gave me many options and information about my condition and what to consider,thank you doctor Liou.
Dr. Liou has been very informative about the procedures and answers any questions I have. I have a lot of confidence in him.
Excellent Dr, that provided a plan to help my breathing. I am feeling great and I thank Dr Liou for that.
He seemed very bright and competent. Though we were meeting for the first time, he seemed to know my file very well. He was also approachable and likable in his demeanor.
Dr. Liou was thorough in explanation of the procedure/surgery, open to and encouraging of questions, and inspired confidence in both the surgery and his accessibility and care for me as a potential patient. My son joined the call and the Dr. was quite open to the addition and questions from an additional family member.
Dr. Liou is great! He is informative, patient and thorough. He has provided very good care.
Very informative, explained the process completely. Dr Liou was polite, patient and thorough.
Excellent care
Dr. Liou provided wonderful care, a very nice and through surgeon. I am very thankful to have him.
Very good
Doctor Liou seemed very concerned, he went step by step for my situation. He was professional and a great communicator.
Douglas Liou was kind, thoughtful & caring about my issue. He was thorough and gave excellent recommendations for me to take. He is an excellent physician!
Very straight forward and to the point Willing to explain when questions are asked Has the information and the plan ready to provide to me, the patient ME makes me feel important by acknowledging my questions are good and important for explaining details further
He was clear and answered my question and concerns.
Quick decision-maker with detail oriented logical thinking. Explain the surgery very well. Arrange his team to answer all my questions.
Very informational about everything. I didn't even have to ask my questions I had for him. He knew it all !
Thank you for everything.
I believe he was thorough, considerate and patient. These are attributes I appreciate greatly.
Dr. Liou is wonderful, he listen, care also communicated super well. I trusted him 100%.
My experience was excellent! I drove over 200 miles to have Stanford take care of my surgery. I am so happy I did. Ran into complications. What was to be 3 1/2 hrs. turned out to be 7 1/2 hrs.
Dr. Liou is compassionate, very smart, well trained and thoughtful, without his comprehensive diagnosis. I would not agree to the operation. He is a very good surgeon.
Dr. Liou listened, asked lots of questions, discussed what procedures he'd like to have done andmade me feel like had all the time to address my concerns.
I enjoyed Dr. Lion very much. I was very comfortable in his presence.
I'm very satisfied on service rendered to me.
Dr. Liou & his PA Jessica are great!
Dr. Liou is kind, patient, welcoming of questions, accommodating of my needs. I especially appreciate his clarity and directness about my condition, while still being kind. I am very lucky to have been referred to him. Also, he is very thorough which I deeply appreciate.
Everyone is very nice, surprised that Dr. Liou took time to call me 2 times.

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