Photo of smiling female Asian faculty member Dr. Wendy Liu, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford University.
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Dr. Wendy Liu, MD, PhD, is a fellowship-trained glaucoma and cataract surgeon. Her clinical practice focuses on management of adult glaucoma and cataracts. She specializes in traditional glaucoma surgery as well as minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery, such as iStent, Hydrus, Xen, KDB, OMNI, and GATT. Her goal is to work together with patients to determine what the best treatment options are for them, so they can maintain the best vision and quality of life.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Liu engages in translational research with the goal of finding new druggable targets in glaucoma treatment. Her interests include the role of mechanosensation in the eye as it relates to the pathophysiology of glaucoma.

Dr. Liu graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Molecular Biology and certificates in biophysics, materials science and engineering. She received several awards for excellence in academics and research, including the Shapiro Award for Academic Excellence, the American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the Sigma Xi Book Award for the best senior thesis. She subsequently earned her MD with honors from Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, and PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University. At Harvard, she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship and Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research. She was selected to receive a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship for her PhD work, which led to the discovery of novel thermosensory and olfactory circuits in the fruit fly using in vivo electrophysiology. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where she was awarded the Gragoudas Folkman Award for the best research grant proposal. She completed her glaucoma fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital.

Dr. Liu has published first-author articles in journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Current Biology. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Glaucoma Society.