Department of Medicine
Section Chief, Section of Cardiology
James Liao’s research focuses on the role of statins in stroke and atherosclerosis, specifically the signaling pathways that govern vascular function, in both normal and diseased states. His laboratory work seeks to translate basic findings in the vascular wall to therapeutic applications in patients with vascular disease. He was the first to propose a pleiotropic effect of statins and delineate a rapid nongenomic effect of steroid hormones.
His academic contributions are recognized through elected membership to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). He has won numerous awards and honors, including the Jeffrey M. Hoeg Award for Basic Science, given by the American Heart Association, as well as an Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation for Medical Research. He has authored and participated in over 125 peer-reviewed research articles and served as an editorial board member and reviewer for a number of leading scientific journals.
Liao received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1985. He completed his medical internship and residency training in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and cardiology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1981, he earned his BSc in physical chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Liao joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.