FACULTY POSITION

Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, 2010 - present: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Metrohealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, 2010 - present: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

EDUCATION

St Mary’s Medical Center, West Palm Beach, FL, 2011
            Seven week deformity fellowship with Dr. Dror Paley

Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA, 2009-2010
            Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
            Lena Sefton Clark Endowed Fellow

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2005-2009
            Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2004-2005
            Internship in General Surgery

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2000-2004
            Doctor of Medicine, School of Medicine

University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, 1996-2000
            Bachelor of Science, Pre-Medical Bioengineering
            Summa Cum Laude, Regents Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa

San Dimas High School, San Dimas, CA, 1992-1996
            Valedictorian

MEMBERSHIP
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, 2008-present
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2012-present

AWARDS

Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society Best Paper Award, 3rd Place, 2012
Outstanding Educator of the Year, CWRU Department of Orthopaedics, 2012
European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society Best Basic Science Paper, 2011
Lena Sefton Clark Endowed Fellow, Rady Children's Hospital, 2010
American Academy of Pediatrics, Resident Paper Award, 3rd place, 2009
International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium Scholarship Award, 2008
American Academy of Pediatrics, Resident Paper Award, 2nd place, 2008
Bohlman Research Award, 3rd Annual Bohlman Lectureship, 2008
Barry Friedman Orthopaedic Award, 2nd place, 2008
Cleveland Orthopaedic Society Resident Essay Contest, 4th place, 2008
AO North America Resident Trauma Research Grant, 2007
Muir Scholar Award, 2000
Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Scholarship, 2000
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Award, 1999
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Scholarship, 1998, 1999

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1. Liu RW, Yaszay B, Glaser D, Bastrom TP, Newton PO. A Method for Assessing Axial Vertebral Rotation based on Differential Rod Curvature on the Lateral Radiograph. Spine. 2012;37(18):E1120-5.

2. Liu RW, Roocroft J, Bastrom T, Yaszay B. Surgeon learning curve for pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011;31(8):818-24.

3. Hardesty CK, Liu RW, Thompson GH. The Role of Bracing in Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. J Pediatr Orthop 2011;31(2 Suppl):S178-181.

4. Bauer J, Liu RW, Kean TJ, Dennis JE, Petersilge W, Gilmore A. A Comparison of Five Treatment Protocols for Contaminated Bone Grafts in Reference to Sterility and Cell Viability. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2011;93(5):439-444.

5. Abdulian MH, Liu RW, Son-Hing JP, Thompson GH, Armstrong DG. "Double Rib Penetration of the Spinal Canal in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis. J Pediatr Orthop 2011; 31(1):6-10.

6. Farrow LD, Liu RW. Lateral Anatomic Structures at Risk During Transepiphyseal Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. J Knee Surg 2010;23(4):209-213.

7. Liu RW, Teng AL, Armstrong DG, Poe-Kochert C, Son-Hing JP, Thompson GH. "Comparison of Supine Bending, Push-Prone, and Traction under General Anesthesia Radiographs in Predicting Curve Flexibility and Postoperative Correction in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis." Spine 2010;35(4):416-422.

8. Liu RW, Toogood P, Hart DE, Davy DT, Cooperman DR. "The Effect of Varus and Valgus Osteotomies on Femoral Version" J Pediatr Orthop 2009;29(7):666-675.

9. Liu RW, Farrow LD, Messerschmitt PJ, Gilmore A, Goodfellow DB, Cooperman DR. "An Anatomical Study of the Pediatric Intercondylar Notch." J Pediatr Orthop 2008;28(2):177-183.

10. Liu RW, Mehta P, Fortuna S, Armstrong DG, Cooperman DR, Thompson GH, Gilmore A. "A Randomized Prospective Study of Music Therapy for Reducing Anxiety during Cast Room Procedures." J Pediatr Orthop 2007; 27(7):831-833. Featured in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Evidence-Based Orthopaedics Section: Diab M, "Music Playing in a Cast Room Reducted Heart Rate in Children." J Bone Joint Surg Am 2008;90-A(8):1791.

11. Wera GD, Dean CL, Nho S, Ahn UM, Cassinelli EH, Liu RW, Andersson GB, Ahn NU. "Cauda Equina Syndrome Resulting from Treatment of Dural Ectasia with Fibrin Glue Injection." J Spinal Disord Tech 2006; 19(2):148-50.

12. Liu RW, Kim YH, Lee DC, Inoue N, Koo TK, Chao EYS. "Computational Simulation of Axial Dynamization on Long Bone Fractures." Clin Biomech 2005; 20(1):83-90.

PRESENTATIONS: NATIONAL

1. Liu RW, Cooperman DR. "A Comparison of Three Intraoperative Techniques for Measuring Femoral Rotation." Limb Lengthening and Reconstructive Society: ASAMI – North America Annual Scientist Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, July 28, 2012.

2. Liu RW, Streit JJ, Shaw JD, Cooperman DR. "Relationship between Leg Length Discrepancy and Degenerative Spine, Hip, and Knee Disease." Limb Lengthening and Reconstructive Society: ASAMI – North America Annual Scientist Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, July 28, 2012. Best Paper Award, 3rd Place.

3. Liu RW, Paley D. "Comprehensive Treatment of Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy." Limb Lengthening and Reconstructive Society: ASAMI – North America Annual Scientist Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, July 28, 2012.

4. Liu RW, Cooperman DR. "A Comparison of the Accuracy of Three Intraoperative Techniques for Measuring Rotational Correction in Varus Derotational Osteotomies of the Femur." Paper #66 at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting. Denver, CO, May 18, 2012.

5. Liu RW, Abaza H, Mehta P, Bauer JM, Cooperman DR, Gilmore A. "Intravenous versus Oral Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Acute Osteomyelitis." Paper #27 at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 12, 2011.

6. Liu RW, Armstrong DG, Levine AD, Gilmore A, Thompson GH, Cooperman DR. "Surface Anatomy of the Distal Femoral Physis with Regards to Distal Femoral Fixation." European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS) Annual Meeting, Basel, Switzerland, April 8, 2011. Awarded best basic science paper.

7. Liu RW, Roocroft J, Bastrom T, Yaszay B. "The Surgeon Learning Curve for Type III Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in Children." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Feb 16, 2011.

8. Bauer J, Liu RW, Kean T, Dennis J, Petersilge W, Gilmore A. "Comparison of Five Protocols for Contaminated Bone Grafts in Regards to Sterility and Cell Viability." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Feb 17, 2011.

9. Liu RW, Armstrong DG, Levine AD, Gilmore A, Thompson GH, Cooperman DR. "Surface Anatomy of the Distal Femoral Physis." American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Washington, DC, Oct 17, 2009. 3rd place Resident Research Award.

10. Liu RW, Armstrong DG, Levine AD, Gilmore A, Thompson GH, Cooperman DR. "Surface Anatomy of the Proximal Femoral Physis." American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Washington, DC, Oct 17, 2009.

11. Liu RW, Abaza H, Mehta P, Bauer JM, Cooperman DR, Gilmore A. "Intravenous versus Oral Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Acute Osteomyelitis." American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Washington, DC, Oct 17, 2009.

12. Liu RW, Toogood P, Hart DE, Davy DT, Cooperman DR. "The Relationship between Femoral Version and Neck-Shaft Angle." Abstract #447 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Boston, MA, Oct 11, 2008. 2nd place Resident Research Award.

13. Liu RW, Teng AL, Armstrong DG, Poe-Kochert C, Son-Hing JP, Thompson GH. "Prospective Comparison of Supine Bending, Push-Prone, and Traction Under General Anesthesia Radiographs in Predicting Curve Flexibility and Postoperative Correction in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis." Abstract #409 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Boston, MA, Oct 11, 2008.

14. Liu RW, Farrow LD, Messerschmitt PJ, Gilmore A, Goodfellow DB, Cooperman DR. "An Anatomical Study of the Pediatric Intercondylar Notch for Transepiphyseal Femoral Tunnel Drilling in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction." Paper #83 at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM, May 3, 2008.

15. Liu RW, Mehta P, Fortuna S, Armstrong DG, Cooperman DR, Thompson GH, Gilmore A. "A Randomized Prospective Study of Music Therapy for Reducing Anxiety During Cast Room Procedures." Abstract #161 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, Oct 28, 2007.

16. Gilmore A, Liu RW, Mehta P, Fortuna S, Armstrong DG, Cooperman DR, Thompson GH. "A Randomized Study of Music Therapy for Reducing Anxiety During Cast Room Procedures." Paper #84 at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting. Hollywood, FL, May 26, 2007. Featured in: "AAOS Now at POSNA: Music Therapy helps calm young patients." AAOS Now 2007;1(5):17