James K. Liao, MD, FACP, FACC, is associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the director of vascular medicine research at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he oversees all areas of vascular research. He practices as a clinical internist and cardiologist with the Brigham Medical Group in Boston and attends on the Cardiology and Vascular Consult Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Liao received his medical degree at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco. He completed medical residency training at Brigham & Women's Hospital and clinical cardiology training at Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston.
Dr. Liao received the American Federation for Medical Research Outstanding Investigator Award for his research on statins and heart failure. His work attempts to answer whether statins are beneficial in patients with nonischemic congestive heart failure. He found that statins might be effective in congestive heart failure owing to endothelial protective and anti-inflammatory effects.
He has contributed to the medical literature, publishing in such journals as Science, Nature, Nature Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Circulation, and others. Dr. Liao has won numerous awards, including distinction for excellence in teaching from Harvard Medical School. He has published over 100 original reports, review articles, and book chapters and holds several US patents. He is a worldwide invited lecturer on cardiovascular biology.