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Spencer S. Liu, MD

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Spencer S. Liu, MD

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Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1206
Fax: 212.517.4481

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1206
Fax: 212.517.4481

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."

Patient Stories


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


Special Expertise

Regional anesthesia
Pain medicine


Board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology



Insurance Information

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Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of November 13, 2019, Dr. Liu reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.


BA, Johns Hopkins University
MD, University of Alabama


Northwestern University, Anesthesiology


Regional Anesthesia & Research, Virginia Mason Medical Center


American Board of Anesthesiology
Pain Medicine from American Board of Anesthesiology

State Licensure

Editorial Appointments

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

Selected Publications

Richebe P, Rivat C, Liu SS:  Perioperative or postoperative nerve block for preventive analgesia:  Should we care about the timing of our regional anesthesia?  Anesthesia Analgesia 2013 May;116:969-70

Liu SS, Buvanendran A, Rathmell JP, et al.  A cross-sectional survey on prevalence and risk factors for persistent postsurgical pain one year after total hip and knee replacement.  Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine  2012:37:415-22

Block BM, Liu SS, Rowlingson AJ, et al. Efficacy of postoperative epidural analgesia: A meta analysis. JAMA 2003:290, 2455-63.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.