Dr. Liu is a neurosurgeon and the co-director of the USC Spine Center at Keck Medicine of USC.
Here’s what you won’t find on his resume:
He had dreams of the big leagues.
“When I was growing up, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. I think I would’ve made a great catcher.”
Family time is precious.
“I love to spend time with my family. I have three sons and we go to sport related events on the weekend. Every week, I have a ‘date night’ with my wife and we usually choose a new restaurant to try around the West Side. It’s a great way for us to catch up with each other since we both have such busy schedules. We also love to take the whole family on vacations to Hawaii. It’s just so relaxing and beautiful. It’s a great place for family bonding.”
He’s goal oriented.
“I have three goals I have yet to achieve. My whole life, I’ve wanted to see the Vatican. Our family is planning to make this a reality in the future. I’ve also been married to my wonderful wife for 17 years. I’m looking forward to celebrating our 25-year anniversary. I’ve also written around 80 scientific publications thus far and I hope to reach 100 before I enter retirement.”
There’s nowhere else he would rather be.
“I wouldn’t trade my career with anyone in the world. I’m very happy and content with where I am in life.”
His sense of humor may surprise you.
“Most people think that since I’m a doctor, I am a serious person. Many people are quite surprised to find out that I am easygoing, silly and have a pretty good sense of humor.”
Mentors helped guide his career.
“The two best pieces of advice I ever received were to be humble and not to take myself too seriously. My biggest role models growing up were my parents. They taught me to always be humble and to work harder than everyone else. My father was an immigrant and watching him build a business career from nothing through hard work was quite inspiring. During residency, Steve Ondra and Hunt Batjer helped shape me into the neurosurgeon I am today.”
He finds nobility in giving back.
“I decided to apply to medical school because I always thought being a doctor, and helping others in a time of need was a very noble profession. I found it similar to being a firefighter, solider, police officer or teacher.”
Seeing you heal makes him smile.
“Patients entrust their life and care to me. That inspires me to be the best physician I can be every day. Plus, when I see patients doing well and see residents and fellows develop into becoming great surgeons, I feel the rewards of my career.”
Technology made his career more effective.
“When I first started my career, the process of completing a spine surgery was complex, uncomfortable and time consuming. Due to advancements in technology, we now have the ability to perform surgery with minimally invasive access and navigation to the spine.”
Keck Medicine of USC is his extended family.
“Working at Keck Medicine of USC allows me to be around the best people who have such a strong sense of community. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to work on research in regards to patient outcomes after spine surgery, techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal cord injury.”
Dr. Liu is the professor of neurosurgery. Click here to view Dr. Liu’ full biography.
Click here to learn more about the USC Spine Center.