Kenneth K. Liao, MD, PhD

Kenneth K. Liao, MD, PhD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Languages I Speak

  • English
  • Chinese

Hospital Privileges

  • Fairview Southdale Hospital
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center

Care and Clinical Interests

  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Robotic Heart Surgery

Education, Training and Certifications

Medical Schools

  • Wuhan University Medical School, Hubei, China


  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, NY (General Surgery)
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery


  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, NY

Other Education

  • Doctoral Degree of Surgery (PhD equivalent), Beijing University Medical School, Beijing, China

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of General Surgery
  • General Surgery

Recognition and Leadership


  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" (2012, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • U.S. News & World Report - Top Doctor (2012)
  • Best Doctors in America (2011-2012)
  • C. Walton Lillehei Scholar, Lillehei Heart Institute (2002-2003)
  • Gerad W. Shaftan MD Trauma Service Award (1998)
  • Resident Achievement Award, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (1999)
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine “Top Doctors” (2018)


  • Head, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardisac Surgery Program, University of Minnesota
  • Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation Program, University of Minnesota
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians

Academic Information


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