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

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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 joins 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 emphasis on minimally invasive mitral and aortic valve repair and replacement, robotic assisted coronary artery bypass, 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 the Chief of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. 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 Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Redo cardiac surgery
  • Heart and lung transplantation
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • Aortic aneurysm repair
  • Robotic coronary bypass grafting surgery (“MIDCAB”)
  • Complex mitral valve repair
  • Minimally invasive mitral and aortic valve repair/replacement
  • Minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Heart Association
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • AC. Walton and Richard C. Lillehei Surgical Society

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