Emergency icon Important Updates
Department Center for Neuro-Restoration
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
View all 2 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ataxia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Dysphonia
  • Dystonia
  • Essential Tremor
  • Functional Movement Disorder (FMD)
  • Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)
  • Hand Tremors
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Myoclonus (Muscle Twitch)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Shy-Drager Syndrome
  • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Tic Disorders
  • Torticollis
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Tremors
View all 21 Specialties +


Is Cleveland Clinic Part of Your Insurance?

Review a list of accepted insurance plans for our Northeast Ohio locations or learn more about purchasing a contracted managed care plan.

View All Plans
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Movement Disorders
Cleveland, OH

Residency - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Cleveland, OH United States

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH United States

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Biomedical Engineering


Undergraduate - University of California (Berkeley)
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Berkeley, CA United States


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for James Liao, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/16/2024, Dr. Liao has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Liao receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Strolll Limited

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

217 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 9, 2024

Dr Liao took his time and answered all of our questions.He also brought his supervisor and four other Doctors for their input also.He and others very informative and professional.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

Dr. Liao is very prompt responding to emails. He listens well and explains options.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

No concerns. I felt both providers were thorough in their exams and the questions they asked regarding my symptoms. I left with a tentative diagnosis and a plan for obtaining testing and a follow up appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

I felt that providers are knowledgeable and I received excellent care while at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr. Liao is a wonderful doctor. He always spends enough with us and explained everything in detail. Very friendly and very fast in responding in myChart messages.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024


Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

I was very pleased with the doctor and the service provided. I wish I lived closer to Cleveland Clinic so this could be my primary medical care.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Dr. Sample had a different approach which I liked better

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Dr Liao was competent, courteous and respectful. He explained my situation, the possible diagnosis and treatment options, and the possible outcomes

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

The Dr has always been polite and upfront. I have confidence in Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr Liao was wonderful

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

We like Dr Liao . He is kind and has gone above and beyond for us .

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr Liao has helped us and we are very thankful for him .

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr was very considerate listen to all my concerns, genuine concern for my health very efficient kind and helpful he's a keeper

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

DR laio was concerned and did all he could do try to help me find out what my condition is. And he continues to do so.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr. Liao was excellent. James has been through a lot of physical challenges and finding a qualified physician is challenging. We appreciate Dr. Liao's professionalism, thoroughness, bedside manner, and care. Thank you. Thank you!

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr. Liao was exceptionally awesome. The nbest neurology appointment we have ever had. Extremely detailed. He really listened to us

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

I love Dr Liao, he is very compassionate, highly intelligent, and he is fun.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Dr. Liao's examination was very thorough, professional and his manner was kind as well.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

I was happy with everything about my visit especially the doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr Liao listens to my concerns and observations and discusses these issues. I appreciate Dr Liao's advised am very confident working with him.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Great experience. Dr. Liao always explains things.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Overall, we (parents, & Landon) are very satisfied with the doctor, assistants, & the overall experience.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Would have liked more explanation of my condition from Dr. Liao

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr Liao

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr. Liao is very responsive to questions, citing the research (with specificity) that supports current best practice protocols. He instills confidence in his care decisions because he is transparent in explaining the rationale for the various intervention options that are available. His communication style is always kind, respectful and precise.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Doctor is very good

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

After all the docs Steve has had this one might be our Miracle gave us some hope to get the fluid off of him !! Thank u We are Blessed!!

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

It's extremely difficult to schedule an appointment within the timeframe the doctor suggests..availability is always 2-3 months later

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Doctor Liao is excellent

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Was an excellent experience. The doctor was very thorough and was not rushed.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023


Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

This is the only provider that did blood work to find the solution to my problem. He checked me throughly.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr. Liao is a great doctor. Can't say enough good about him.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr. Liao was very sensitive to my worries, took a lot of time to evaluate me and get information about my health history and current problems. His referral to other providers was very thorough and I left with hope for treatment of problems I've had for almost 20 years.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

I am grateful the doctor really listened.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Fantastic staff and the best doctor ever ! Thorough , kind, respectful

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr Liao were exceptional

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Doctor was so thorough. He explained everything.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr. Liao and his assistant are so courteous and professional.

Back to Top