- Fellowship - University of Catania Emanuele Hospital (2006-2006), Orthopaedic Trauma
- Fellowship - Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital (2003-2003), Orthopaedic Trauma
- Medical School - Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (1995-1999)
- Residency - UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (1999-2002), Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
George Liu, D.P.M.
- Orthopaedic Surgery - General Orthopaedics
- Foot & Ankle Surgical Treatments
- Sprains, Strains & Trauma
George T. Liu, D.P.M., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His clinical specialties include surgery to treat foot and ankle trauma, foot and ankle reconstruction, and revision surgery.
Dr. Liu earned his doctoral degree in podiatric medicine at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his podiatric medicine and surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and received advanced training through orthopaedic trauma fellowships at University of Catania Emanuele Hospital (Italy) and Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital (Germany).
Dr. Liu joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2009. He is board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery.
His research interests include foot and ankle trauma, deformity correction, Charcot foot, arthroscopic surgery, arthritis, and deformities from past injuries.
Dr. Liu has published more than 30 scholarly, periodical, and review articles; delivered more than 230 lectures; and authored or co-authored seven book chapters.
Among his many awards and recognitions, he is a 2016 inductee of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Leadership Hall of Fame. He was named one of America’s Most Influential Podiatrists in 2017 by Podiatry Management and a Best Doctor five times by D Magazine.
Dr. Liu is a Fellow and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
He is also a member of several professional organizations including the AOTrauma, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, and the AO North America.
Meet George Liu
Foot and Ankle Surgeon
In the instant before a car crash, people instinctively brace their feet against the floorboard. Unfortunately, that can cause severe injuries like a broken heel bone, midfoot, or ankle. These types of injuries are very familiar to George Liu, D.P.M., who specializes in surgical management for the traumatized foot or ankle, including bones, joints, tendons and ligaments injuries. Dr. Liu is board certified in reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery and is dual fellowship trained.
"We are using an alternative surgical approach to manage calcaneal fractures (or broken heels), which can be difficult to treat. It is called the sinus tarsi approach. We have been able to decrease the wound complication rates to less than 5 percent.”
An Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Liu cares for patients who have foot and ankle fractures from automotive accidents, sporting injuries and falls as well as myriad other severe foot and ankle injuries. Painful arthritis and deformities as a long-term complication of these injuries are among the problems he sees on a regular basis. “The goal in trauma and reconstruction surgery is not only to restore the structure of the foot and ankle, but more importantly, its function as well,” says Dr. Liu.
Another area of Dr. Liu’s expertise is treating people with advanced foot or ankle bone damage from diabetes. A particular cause of severe foot and ankle deformity in diabetes is a condition called Charcot (pronounced shar-ko) arthropathy – a painless inflammatory disease that rapidly destroys joints in the foot and ankle. Because diabetes can reduce sensation, deformities from Charcot can cause ulcers, which can lead to infection and sometimes amputation.
“We tend to be the center to take care of severe deformities caused by Charcot,” says Dr. Liu. “Though this is commonly managed by other physicians, we are usually referred the more complicated cases. These patients typically have other associated problems related to diabetes and often require a multidisciplinary approach.”
Wherever possible, Dr. Liu chooses surgical techniques that minimizes harm to surrounding structures. “My approach is more minimal-incision surgery: soft-tissue sparing procedures, percutaneous techniques, or arthroscopic techniques to achieve the same goal while reducing complications from large incisions,” he says. “These are soft tissue-friendly procedures.”
Among his research interests, he is studying methods of diagnosing injuries to the ankle syndesmosis, which is ligament damage commonly seen with ankle fractures or a high ankle sprain. Dr. Liu teaches and lectures nationally and internationally to fellow physicians and surgeons. In addition, Dr. Liu is a section editor for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. D Magazine has named him a Best Doctor for 2012, 2015, and 2016.
- Texas Podiatric Medical Association
- Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
- Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery
- Dallas County Podiatric Medical Society
- American Podiatric Medical Association
- President, UT Southwestern Faculty Senate (2012)
- American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Dr. Howard R. Reinherz Award 1998, Excellence in Scientific and Medical Writing - First place award
- Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Podiatric Dermatology by the American Society of Podiatric Dermatology 2002
- Outstanding Clinician Award by the Department of Orthopaedics, Division of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio 2005
- Young Practitioner of the Year Award 2009, Recognition of Exemplary Contributions to Texas Podiatric Medical Association’s Continuing Medical Education Committee and to the Advancement of Podiatric Medicine in Texas
- Gerard V.Yu AO North America Teaching Award 2010, Teaching award for internal fixation principles in trauma and reconstruction
- Best Doctors in Dallas, D Magazine 2012, 2015, 2016 2012
- Leadership Hall of Fame 2015-2016, Scientific Chair of Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
International Advances in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Saxena A, Liu GT, Fullem B, Allen MA.(Ed.) (2011), London, Springer-Verlag
in International Advances in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Liu GT and Allen MA(Ed.) (2011), London, Springer-Verlag
Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy
Liu GT, Sautter TL, Buddecke DE(Ed.) (2016), Chicago, Illinois, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon
McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Liu, GT(Ed.) (2012), New York, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Complications in Foot and Ankle Surgery: Management Strategies
Liu, GT(Ed.) (2017), New York, J. Springer
- International Advances in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Lymphocyte Apoptosis and Apoptosis associated Gene Expression in Sjogren’s Syndrome
Ogawa N, Dang H, Kong L, Anaya JM, Liu GT, Talal N Arthritis and Rheumatism 1996 39(11) 1875-1885
Human articular cartilage biomechanics of the second metatarsal intermediate cuneiform joint.
Liu GT, Lavery LA, Schenck RC, Lanctot DR, Zhu CF, Athanasiou KA The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 1997 Sep-Oct 36 5 367-74
Biomechanical topography of human articular cartilage in the first metatarsophalangeal joint.
Athanasiou KA, Liu GT, Lavery LA, Lanctot DR, Schenck RC Clinical orthopaedics and related research 1998 Mar 348 269-81
Digital syndactylization for the treatment of interdigital squamous cell carcinoma in situ (Bowen disease).
Liu GT, Lovell MO, Steinberg JS The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2004 Nov-Dec 43 6 419-22
Osteotome axial twist (OAT) technique: a simple method for exposing arthritic foot joints in preparation for arthrodesis.
Liu GT The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2008 Sep-Oct 47 5 494-6
Risk Factors for Open Malleolar Fractures: An Analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank (2007 to 2011).
Shibuya N, Liu GT, Davis ML, Grossman JP, Jupiter DC The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2015 Sep
Spring ligament complex: Illustrated normal anatomy and spectrum of pathologies on 3T MR imaging.
Omar H, Saini V, Wadhwa V, Liu G, Chhabra A European journal of radiology 2016 Nov 85 11 2133-2143
A Biomechanical Analysis of Interference Screw Versus Bone Tunnel Fixation of Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendon Transfers to the Calcaneus.
Liu GT, Balldin BC, Zide JR, Chen CT The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2017 Jul - Aug 56 4 813-816
Simulated radiographic bone and joint modeling from 3D ankle MRI: feasibility and comparison with radiographs and 2D MRI.
Nordeck SM, Koerper CE, Adler A, Malhotra V, Xi Y, Liu GT, Chhabra A Skeletal radiology 2017 May 46 5 651-664
Distal tibial fractures: The rule of fibular fixation
Varsalona R and Liu GT Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction December 2006 1(1) 42-50
Surgical Off-loading of the Diabetic Foot
Steinberg JS, Liu GT , Yung AC Foot and Ankle Quarterly Summer 2005 17(2) 31-35
- Lymphocyte Apoptosis and Apoptosis associated Gene Expression in Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Revisional surgery
- Nonunions and malunions
- Foot and ankle sports injuries
- Deformity correction
- Charcot foot
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Arthritis and deformities from past injuries
- Ankle and Foot Trauma
- Foot & Ankle Surgical Treatments
- Sprains, Strains & Trauma
- Foot & Ankle Conditions
- Foot & Ankle Conservative Treatments