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Michael Liu, MD

Michael Liu, MD



44 Ratings 17 Reviews


Colon and Rectal Surgery

Accepting New Patients

Primary Location

UH St John Medical Center
29099 Health Campus Dr
Suite: 340
Westlake, OH 44145

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Michael Liu, MD is a board-certified colorectal surgeon at University Hospitals and a clinical assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is also an active member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Dr. Liu’s special clinical interests include colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), diverticulitis, minimally invasive/laparoscopic surgery and colonoscopy.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at the University of Chicago, Dr. Liu attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University where he earned his medical doctorate with a special qualification in biomedical research. After a general surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Liu further advanced his training by completing a colorectal surgery fellowship, also at the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, he completed a research fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine as the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow. He joined the medical staff at UH in 2020.

Dr. Liu is a highly accomplished presenter and researcher. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts and has presented his findings at national and international professional symposiums and conferences. Dr. Liu’s research interests include both basic science and clinical outcomes.

A resident of Westlake, Dr. Liu enjoys spending his free time with his family.

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Office Locations

UH St John Medical Center

29099 Health Campus Dr
Suite: 340
Westlake, OH 44145

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

UH Digestive Health Institute

960 Clague Rd
Suite: 2100A
Westlake, OH 44145

STJ Medical Center

29000 Center Ridge Rd
Westlake, OH 44145

Patient Experience Reviews

4.9 out of 5

44 Ratings

Patient Comments (17)

Reviewed On 8/2/2023
Oh my! Thank you Dr. Liu and ***! I can't say enough how much you helped me, listened to my questions and let me tell you my concerns. You understood me and explained to me what you did for me on the procedure. And also, reassured me and told me what the future plans and visits would be. You are great and glad that I found you among all the doctors out there! Thanks so much for your professionalism, concern and great personality that put me at ease and I felt informed by you two.

Reviewed On 8/1/2023
Dr. Liu was very good at calming me down. I wish that Dr Litam had as good of bedside manner and filled me in with pertinent information in a timely fashion. Having cancer is scary, but not having all of the information to fight the cancer fight is worst.

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Everything was great as usual

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Top notch physician and I know a good one when I meet one; I'm a doctor's daughter. Not only was this physician recommended by my PCP, but he came highly recommended by a fellow employee at work.

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Dr. Michael Liu is an extraordinary surgeon with a very humane bedside manner and compassionate heart toward the whole surgical process.

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
Very persssonable

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
I would highly recommend Dr Liu. He has excellent dialogue and makes you feel at ease. Never rushes and gives the patient as much time as needed to answer questions.

Reviewed On 4/1/2023
Dr. Liu and his staff where absolutely pleasure to be around. Dr. Liu had already evaluated by CT and he already draw a diagram of what my previous surgery and and showed me my CT and the pathological findings. I was amazed of his commitment and his love to his work and how thorough he is in dealing with my health issues. He is truly a physician who loves his profession and enjoys what he is doing helping patients like me.

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
I absolutely love this doctor

Reviewed On 1/1/2023
Two years post-surgery, I never thought that I would look forward to having cancer-checkup appointments! In addition to being a remarkable surgeon, Dr. Michael Liu keeps current about my progress, and is actively engaged when he speaks to me (and my husband.) His staff admires and respects him, and it shows in the friendly and professional way they greet patients. I met a woman earlier this year who also had colon cancer and was going to have Dr. Liu as her surgeon. I was able to give her piece of mind, by telling her about the marvelous care I received both pre- and post-surgery, and what to expect. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Liu, and the woman I met experienced the same level of care, commitment, and professionalism that I did. He is a UH treasure!!

Reviewed On 1/1/2023
Dr. Liu is amazing and caring and I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Very pleased and impressed with dr liu. Explains everything in easy to understand language. Listens to and addresses questions and concerns.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Excellent care and thorough explanation

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr Liu is one of the best and most caring doctors I've ever had. I would highly recommend him. When I was in the hospital he visited me in the morning and later in the day during every day of my hospital stay.

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Saw provider after my stay in hospital so new doctor to me. Excellent physician

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr. Liu is an outstanding surgeon. He is not only skilled but personable and compassionate. He worked with me to devise a treatment plan and timing based on my individual needs. This has helped with my recovery and getting back to life as I desire to live it in a healthy and active manner. He personally made rounds while I was in the hospital instead of delegating to a Hospitalist. This was very important to me. He's very committed to his work and it shows.

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Very pleased with Dr Liu. This was my first visit with Dr Liu and he explained everything in easy-to-understand language, including use of diagram to show areas we were discussing.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery - American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Surgery - American Board of Surgery


Fellowship | Colon and Rectal Surgery
Colon and Rectal Surgery - Cleveland Clinic (2016 - 2017)

Residency | General Surgery
General Surgery - Cleveland Clinic (2011 - 2016)

Medical Education
Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine (2011)

University Of Chicago (2003)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

View UH’s policy (PDF) on practitioner-industry relationships.

As of December 31, 2016, Michael Liu did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.