Kenneth K Liao, M.D., Ph.D., FACS Photo

Kenneth K Liao, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support
Baylor College of Medicine



Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Clinic)
THI Outpatient Clinic
1101 Bates Avenue
Suite P115
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-1300
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  • Board Certified
    American Board of Thoracic Surgery

  • Board Certified
    American Board of Surgery


  • MD from Wuhan University Medical School
    Hubei China
  • Residency at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center
    Brooklyn, New York United States

  • Residency at University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, Minnesota United States

  • PhD from Beijing University Medical School
    Beijing China


  • Male

Professional Statement

Dr. Kenneth K. Liao is a cardiothoracic surgeon in Houston with expertise in minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery as well as heart transplantation. Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Liao joined Baylor College of Medicine from the University of Minnesota, where he served as the director of the Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Program and surgical director of the Heart Transplant Program. Dr. Liao completed his general surgery residency at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and trained in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Minnesota. There he started the Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Programs and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program. He specializes in adult cardiac surgery with an expertise in robotic and minimally invasive mitral repair, robotic coronary artery bypass, Heart transplantation, Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implantation and complex redo cardiac surgeries. Dr. Liao is the chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Circulatory Support at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. He is the program director of Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Heart Institute Cardiothoracic Transplantation Fellowship and Baylor College of Medicine Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellowship. He is a fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians and American College of Surgeons. Dr. Liao has given numerous presentations both nationally and internationally. He has participated in over 20 clinical trials as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator. His work in the field of valve surgery, heart transplantation and ventricular assist device has been extensively published.

Professional Interests

  • Minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Robotic Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery
  • Complex mitral valve repair
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Redo cardiac surgery
  • Heart and lung transplantation
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
  • Aortic aneurysm repair

Physician Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Aortic Surgery
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Heart & Lung Transplant

Professional Specialties

  • Aortic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Heart Valve Surgery


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • American Heart Association
  • AC. Walton and Richard C. Lillehei Surgical Society
  • Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society