Dr. Paul Liu is the Chairman of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brown University and Professor of Surgery of Brown University.  He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residencies in general and plastic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Liu held previous faculty appointments at the University of Miami, the Lahey Clinic, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Roger Williams Hospital in Providence, RI where he served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Liu has extensive basic science research interests including the use of genetic manipulation of the wound environment to speed healing and using mathematical modeling to accelerate the development of new wound therapeutics.  Dr. Liu has developed a research collaboration with mathematicians from Oxford, Nottingham, the University of Southern California, as well as scientists in China to accomplish the latter goal.  He was recently awarded Top Doctor from Rhode Island Monthly (2019).



B.A., Mathematics
The Colorado College, Magna Cum Laude

M.A., University College, Philosophy & Physiology
Oxford University, England

Harvard Medical School

Post-Graduate Training 

Surgical Intern
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Resident in Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Senior/Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

National Institutes of Health Training Grant #5T32CA 095350-5 (Salary support PGY3-4)
Research Fellowship during surgical residency


Professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chief of Plastic Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital

Awards, Memberships and Publications
Dr. Liu has many honors, memberships and publications. To see a full list of credentials, download his CV.

Clinical Interests

Wound healing, Pressure sore management, Complex lower extremity wounds, Breast reconstruction, Breast surgery, General reconstructive plastic surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Hair transplantation, Laser surgery

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