Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD

Medical Director

Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD

Dr. Kaixuan Liu was born in the countryside of Hubei Province in China. Dr. Liu’s dream of becoming a doctor came true after he earned his medical degree in Hubei Medical College, now the Medical College of Wuhan University in China in 1985. After successfully completing and excelling in medical school Dr. Liu was selected as a clinical graduate for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Beijing Medical University, the most prestigious medical school in China. Dr. Liu continued his clinical training in thoracic surgery in China Japan Friendship Hospital affiliated with Peking Union Medical College from 1989 to 1990.

Dr. Liu wished to pursue a career in the US. In 1990 he earned an opportunity as a visiting researcher at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, studying on molecular targeting therapy of lung cancer, through an award from the International Union against Cancer. Dr. Liu continued his academic career in Auburn University as a graduate student from 1991 to 1997 and earned a degree of M.S. and PhD. in Molecular Medicine. He did extensive research on immunology, gene therapy, and stem cells.

Dr. Liu decided to practice medicine in the US. From 1997 to 2000 he pursued his clinical training in anesthesia and surgery at Columbia University. Due to his passion for invasive pain medicine, from 2005 to 2006 Dr. Liu pursued an advanced fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the Advanced Orthopedics of South Florida, under the direction of his mentor Merrill Reuter MD, PhD. Through the fellowship training, Dr. Liu gained exceptional skills and experiences in endoscopic spine surgery.

Through his fellowship training, Dr. Liu was convinced that endoscopic spine surgery will be the future of spinal surgery. He believed that eighty percent of current spinal surgery can be done endoscopically soon, given that due to the minimal surgical trauma it offered better outcomes. Given the lack of awareness of endoscopic spine surgery at the time, Dr. Liu was determined to have a career pioneering and popularizing endoscopic spine surgery. Dr. Liu founded Atlantic Spine Center and Advanced Spine Surgery Center in New Jersey to be a center of excellence for endoscopic spine surgery in the US. Since 2006, Dr. Liu has performed a few thousand endoscopic spine surgeries for patients with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine conditions.

Dr. Liu’s devotion to high-quality patient care and deep involvement in technological advancement has propelled Atlantic Spine Center to the list of top centers for endoscopic spine surgery in America. Dr. Liu is passionate about training in endoscopic spine surgery and promoting the practice of endoscopic spine surgery worldwide. Dr. Liu has trained hundreds of specialists in pain management, orthopedic spine surgery, and neurological spine surgery to perform endoscopic spine surgery worldwide. Proudly to mention, Dr. Liu guided the first interlaminar endoscopic discectomy and cervical endoscopic discectomy in China.

Beyond his clinical practice, Dr. Liu is devoted to high quality clinical research and innovation in endoscopic spine surgery. He has frequently presented his work of endoscopic spine surgery in national and international meetings. Dr. Liu has extensively published his skills and experiences of endoscopic spine surgery in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Liu is the founding member and a board member of the International Society of Endoscopic Spine Surgery (ISESS). In addition to ISESS, Dr. Liu is a member of North American Spine Society, Spinal Foundations in England, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, and a number of other professional societies.

Academics

Advanced Orthopedics of South Florida

  • Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Auburn University, Alabama

  • PhD, Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science, Immunology

Beijing Medical University, China

  • Master of Surgery

Hubei Medical College, China

  • Medical Doctor

Columbia University - College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York

  • Clinical Training in Surgery
  • Anesthesia

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