Y. Joyce Liao, MD, PhD

Y. Joyce Liao, MD, PhD

Neuro-ophthalmology specialist

Bio:   Dr. Liao received her undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard University in Biochemical Sciences and her M.D., Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology from University of California San Francisco Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Liao is studying vision problems due to nervous system diseases and their treatment. A major area of research is the understanding and treatment for retinal ganglion cell loss and optic neuropathies like anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, the most common acute optic neuropathy in adults. Her group has evaluated key events following ischemia and identified potential targets and treatment modalities in photochemical thrombosis model of anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. 1) She is studying potential neuroprotective agents that may salvage retinal ganglion cells or optic nerve axons following injury, using in vitro as well as noninvasive, serial in vivo imaging techniques including spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. 2) She is investigating changes in retinal ganglion axons and optic nerve glia after ischemic optic neuropathy, which leads to axonal and somatic degeneration. 3) She is investigating the potential of stem cell therapies in improving visual outcome acutely or chronically. In addition, Dr. Liao is investigating non-invasive measurements of retina and optic nerve, eye movement, visual behavior, and pupillary behavior as biomarkers of disease or treatment efficacy. She is specifically interested in the study of reading, including how neuro-ophthalmic diseases such as vision loss or eye movement disorder such as Parkinson's disease affect this functionally significant daily activity. By recording and studying eye movement abnormalities, Dr. Liao hopes to decipher what contributes to visual dysfunction in different conditions and to devise appropriate treatment.
4.8 out of 5
252 Patient Ratings
36 Patient Comments

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Neuro-Ophthalmology

Neurogenetic Oncology Program

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Univ of California San Francisco (2006) CA
  • 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
  • Board Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2005)

Honors & Awards

  • Dean's Prize in Research, University of California, San Francisco (1992)
  • S. Weir Mitchell Award, American Academy of Neurology (2004)
  • K08 Award, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (2003-2008)
  • Career Award in Biomedical Sciences, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation (2005-2014)
  • Grant Award, Stanford University Vice Provost Undergraduate Research Faculty Grant (2010-2012)
  • Young Investigator Award, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (2011)
  • Grant Award, Weston Havens Foundation (2011-2013)
  • Grant Award, Center for Biomedical Imaging at Stanford (2011-2012, 2013-2014)
  • McCormick Faculty Award, Office of Diversity and Leadership (2011-2013)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology (2008 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Human Ocular Motor Center (2006 - Present)
  • Co-Program Director, Vision Research Training Program (2010 - Present)
  • Associate Director, Research (2008 - Present)

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4.8

Friendliness

4.8

Recommended to others

4.7

Explanations

4.8

Listens

4.8

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

3.7

Wait times

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

my confidence in Dr. Liao is beyond very good!

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

I love my doctor, the best she caring loving and extreme care

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I love how caring Dr. Liao is and her attention to detail. She is probably one of the best doctors I have seen in my whole life! I highly recommend her and Stanford care team to anyone. You guys are the best.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Liao and her team including Dr. Sun were great and explained issues related to my eyes.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. had 4 fellow & interns saw me before her - too many doctors, not enough time with her.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Liao was exceptional in her analysis of my condition and thoughtful in her approach to treatment. Plus she is personable and easy to interact with.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I am extremely satisfied about Doctor Liao and she dedicated me enough time.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr Liao is the consummate professional. She is warm, caring and extremely knowledgeable. She communicates clearly and really shows in the way she talks to me that she is working very hard to make sure I get the very best care. She is well worth waiting for, just let me know when I schedule my appointment that I need to allow 3 hours for an appointment so I can plan accordingly and not worry I will miss whatever else I need to do in my life that day.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Excellent experience!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Liao has my total confidence. She is an outstanding Doctor.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Amazing doctor! Took plenty of time to deal with my difficult case. Thank you!

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4.8 out of 5
252 Patient Ratings
36 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

my confidence in Dr. Liao is beyond very good!

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

I love my doctor, the best she caring loving and extreme care

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I love how caring Dr. Liao is and her attention to detail. She is probably one of the best doctors I have seen in my whole life! I highly recommend her and Stanford care team to anyone. You guys are the best.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Liao and her team including Dr. Sun were great and explained issues related to my eyes.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. had 4 fellow & interns saw me before her - too many doctors, not enough time with her.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Liao was exceptional in her analysis of my condition and thoughtful in her approach to treatment. Plus she is personable and easy to interact with.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I am extremely satisfied about Doctor Liao and she dedicated me enough time.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr Liao is the consummate professional. She is warm, caring and extremely knowledgeable. She communicates clearly and really shows in the way she talks to me that she is working very hard to make sure I get the very best care. She is well worth waiting for, just let me know when I schedule my appointment that I need to allow 3 hours for an appointment so I can plan accordingly and not worry I will miss whatever else I need to do in my life that day.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Excellent experience!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Liao has my total confidence. She is an outstanding Doctor.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Amazing doctor! Took plenty of time to deal with my difficult case. Thank you!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Liao not only helped me with my eye issues but also gave me guidance to help me with my emotional issues too.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Liao is superb! She is the most caring and compassionate Physician that I have encountered in the Stanford Health Care system. She takes time to really talk with me and she is very thorough and forthright in explaining her diagnoses and finding regarding my health. Her compassionate approach to patient care sets her apart. Her approach is the closest to what I would consider "holistic" that I have found in the Stanford Health Care system. She interacts with me as a unique and individual human being, and not a commercial transaction.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I've been sick and searching for four years. Working with the chronic fatigue department is the best experience, I have ever had and it has given me hope. I EVEN bout a stanford hat and wear it around when I am out.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Liao really helped me whenever I was really worried of my illness. She really reassured me that everything would be fine and helped eased my anxiety.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

The three students took too much of the time and my energy, I felt Dr. Liao was under pressure to get my appt. over with and move onto the next patient.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Good.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Liao is an excellent, knowledgeable doctor. I would say she is one of the best.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Liao was great! she spent lots of time with us helping us understand what was happening. no clear answers when we left but she was going to talk to my other doctors first.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Liao is wonderful.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Liao is unique in her compassion, empathy and ability to connect as a physician across cultural differences. She is thorough and very forthcoming in explaining information regarding my health. She demonstrates care for me as a whole and unique person as well as a patient.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Outstanding patient service!

SHC Patient, May 2015

Doctor spent plenty of time for discussion. Was very good about wanting to know all of my questions and answering them.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Dr. Liao is an amazing doctor! The knowledge, level of care, and friendliness are unmatched.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Liao has a wonderful "bedside manner". My appointments are often delayed but when she sees me she always takes her time and makes me feel important to her, a great doctor.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

I could have received similar care from a local provider in a much more efficient manner.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Very thorough explanation of the problem and discussion of where I was and prognosis of my future.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Great experience.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Dr. is very busy and rushed.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Dr. Liao is the most thorough, caring and compassionate physician I've known.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Dr. Liao spoke clearly but rapidly - I am following her recommendations more or less, as she said it was my decision -

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Very professional.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

I love Dr. Liao. She is very informative and caring and takes her time with me.

SHC Patient, Dec 2013

She is great!