Chia-chuan Liu M.D.

Thoracic Surgery
Medical Team: Thoracic Oncology

Current Title

  • Attending Physician, Division of Thoracic Surgery, 2002-present


  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery for lung and esophageal cancer

Clinical Interests

  • Thoracic minimally invasive surgery (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery)
  • Surgery for primary lung cancer
  • Surgery for metastatic lung cancer
  • Surgery for esophageal cancer and cancer of gastric cardia
  • Surgery for mediastinal tumor
  • Training program for thoracic minimally invasive surgery
  • Taiwan Cancer Database data anaysis focused on esophageal cancer

Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Taiwanese
  • English

Education and Training

1985-1992 China Medical University, Taiwan, MD, Medicine
1992-1994 Residency, Surgery, Yu-li Veterans Hospital, Taiwan
1994-2002 Fellowship, Surgery, Yu-li Veterans Hospital, Taiwan
7/2007-9/2007 Observership, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC, USA

 Professional Experience

2002-present Attending Physician, Thoracic Surgery, Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center, Taiwan

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Taiwan Joint Cancer Association
  • Member, Taiwan Surgical Association
  • Member, Taiwan Society of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Member, Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Member, Taiwan Surgical Society of Gastroenterology
  • Member, The Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, R.O.C.

Selected Publications

  1. Liu CC. Hsu WH. Li WY. Huang MH. Treatment results of 17 patients with diffuse pleural mesothelioma. Annals of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 4(5):233-9, 1998 Oct.
  2. Liu CC. Fahn HJ. Li WY. Wu YC. HuangMH. Wang LS. Lymph node metastasis in squamous cell carcinoma of the Intrathoracic esophagus. Chung Hua i Hsueh Tsa Chih - Chinese Medical Journal. 61(2):77-84, 1998 Feb.
  3. Wang LS. Chow KC.Liu CC. Chiu JH. p53 gene alternation in squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus detected by PCR-cold SSCP analysis. Proceedings of the National Science Council, Republic of China - Part B, Life Sciences. 22(3):114-21, 1998 Jul.
  4. Wang LS. Chow KC. Chi KH.Liu CC. Li WY. Chiu JH. Huang MH. Prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma: analysis of clinicopathological and biological factors. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 94(7):1933-40, 1999 Jul.
  5. Wang LS. Chow KC. Li WY.Liu CC. Wu YC. Huang MH. Clinical significance of serum soluble interleukin 2 receptor-ain esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Clinical cancer research. 6:1445-1451, 2000 Apr.
  6. Hsu LH, Liu CC, Chen C. Expandable metallic stent (Ultraflexä) in a patient with esophageal carcinoma and tracheal invasion. [Abstract]. Proceedings of Annual Congress of Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Taipei Taiwan, Dec 9th –10th, 2000, p138
  7. Hsu LH.Liu CC. Lin CY. Yen KL. Chan KY. Self-expandable metallic tracheobronchial stent insertion and endobronchial electrocautery with flexible bronchoscopy: preliminary results at a cancer center. J Formos Med Assoc. 101(6):399-405, 2002
  8. Tsung SH. Liu CC. Human pulmonary dirofilariasis in Taiwan. J Formos Med Assoc. 102(1):42-45, 2003.
  9. Hsu LH. Liu CC. Ko JS. Education and experience improve the performance of transbronchial needle aspiration: a learning curve at a cancer center. Chest. 125(2):532-40, 2004 Feb.
  10. Wang KM, Liu CC, Shih CS, Hsu LH. Extralobar bronchopulmonary sequestration complicated by Nocardia Asteroides infection: a case report. Thorac Med (Taiwan) 2007; 22:367-72
  11. Hsu LH*, Ko JS, You DL,Liu CC, Chu NM. Transbronchial needle aspiration accurately diagnoses sub-centimetre mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes detected by integrated positron emission tomography and computed tomography. Respirology 2007;12, 848–55
  12. Liu CC, Wang KM, Hsu LH*. Tracheobronchial self-expanding metallic stents in patients with central airways obstruction. J Bronchol 2008; 15:11-16
  13. Wang TJ. Shu SH. Lin CW. Chen LF. Lin TC. Chang Chien HS. Chan KY. Lee MY.  Wang YA. Huang CJ.Liu CC. Thoracic chordoma: an unusual presentation of the spinal tumor. Am J Med Sci. 335(3):239-41, 2008 Mar.
  14. Hsu LH,Liu CC, Nobuyama S, Miyazawa T*. Novel use of a disposable curved stent I insertion plastic device for silicone stent placement in patients with limited neck extension. J Bronchol Intervent Pulmonol 2009; 16:15-7
  15. Hsu LH, Chu NM*,Liu CC, Tsai SYC, You DL, Ko JS, Lu MC, Feng AC. Sex-associated differences in non-small cell lung cancer in the new era: Is gender an independent prognostic factor? Lung Cancer 2009; 66:262-7
  16. Huang CJ. You DL. Lee PI. Hsu LH.Liu CC. Shih CS. Shih CC. Tseng HC. Characteristics of integrated 18F-FDG PET/CT in Pulmonary Cryptococcosis.  Acta Radiol.  50(4):374-8, 2009 May.
  17. Fang L. Huang CJ. Chuang AY. Tan TD. Liu CC. Chemotherapy-related delayed bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax and lung fibrosis: methotrexate or cyclophosphamide, or both? Clin Respir J.  4(4):254-5, 2010 Oct.
  18. Wang BY, Shih CS, Liu CC, Hsieh CC. A simple way of gastric tube reconstruction after minimally invasive esophagectomy.  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 39(2011) 786-787
  19. Wang BY, Shih CS,Liu CC. Thoracoscopic enucleation of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor of esophagus. The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon. 2011, 59: 184-192
  20. Chung-Jen Huang, An-Chen Feng, Wen-Hui Ku, Nei-Min Chu, Chih-Teng Yu, Chia-Chuan Liu, Min-Yuan Lee, Li-Han Hsu, Stella Y.C. Tsai, Chih-Shiun Shih, Chih-Liang Wang. Multimodality Treatment and Long-Term Follow-Up of the Primary Pulmonary Lymphoepthelioma-Like Carcinoma. Clinical Lung Cancer Sep. 2012;359-362
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