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Spencer S. Liu, MD

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Dr. Spencer Liu is an anesthesiologist and Director, Perioperative Pain Service at HSS. He originally joined HSS in 2006, after 13 years on staff at the University of Washington and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. In addition to clinical care of patients, he performs research, has been an editor for 4 anesthesiology or pain medicine journals, and has on numerous occasions been invited to lecture at national and international meetings.

His clinical and research interests center on pain medicine, including acute postoperative pain, regional anesthesia, and analgesia. "To me," says the Attending Anesthesiologist, "pain medicine represents a continuum of treatment for the patient. The most interesting work ultimately results in better analgesia, fewer side effects, and more rapid return to or improvement of function for our patients."


Special Expertise

Regional anesthesia
Pain medicine

Patient Stories


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Director, Perioperative Pain Service 
Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


Board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology


American Board of Anesthesiology
Pain Medicine from American Board of Anesthesiology


BA, Johns Hopkins University
MD, University of Alabama


Northwestern University, Anesthesiology


Regional Anesthesia & Research, Virginia Mason Medical Center

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by

Selected Journal Articles

Editorial Appointments

Section Editor, Pain Medicine for Anesthesia & Analgesia
Editor, Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of May 11, 2024, Dr. Liu reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.