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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)
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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
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Movement Disorders
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
Biomedical Engineering


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


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for James Liao, MD.

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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 8/2/2022, Dr. Liao has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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

166 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

28 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Great Doctor,glad to meet him

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr. Liao is Excellent!

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

When I seek validation or clarification regarding information I have encountered in my personal research about my condition, Dr. Liao responds respectfully and thoroughly in a way that establishes a sense of genuine physician-patient partnership. He has excellent listening skills, meticulously attending to details and remembering them from one appointment to the next. He seems to be "fully present" during an appointment which, in concert with his calm demeanor, helps what is often difficult information seem to be more manageable.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Dr. Lao was very professional and listened to my concerns. I will highly recommend him. He also showed he cared about my medical problem .

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

First time at CC. Would highly recommend the care and Dr Lao.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2023

Dr Laio was ver courteous and professional. He addressed my concerns and listened to my questions .

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

After a very thorough evaluation, the Doctor was in a hurry. Didn't feel I had enough time to truly understand what the treatment would involve

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr. James Liao was very thorough. He took his time. I would recommend to anyone.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Good doctor

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

My entire experience from making appointment to meeting with my Dr was fantastic. My Dr was very thorough and took the time to explain everything. Best experience I've had with a doctor in quite a while.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

I was more than satisfied with the doctor and the time ge took to explain everything including follow up therapy and how it worked. Top notch doctor in my book!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Dr Laio is fantastic- he gives us hope we will get through this

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

I've had problems with my hands for over 40 years and have seen many doctors, but I would have to rate number one at the top of my list. A very caring person and brilliant doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Dr. Liao is one of the Neurologist I've ever met. He's detailed and caring person..

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Liao is caring, kind, and explained everything to me.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr. Liao was extremely thorough and kind and seems very intelligent and experienced. I have full trust and confidence in him.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr Liao is excellent.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Excellent first time experience. Very thorough exam, clear explanations, kind, pleasant and I look forward to having him continue being my Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Dr Liao is a valuable asset to CC! So courteous and kind. Dr Liao is a great listener and explains in detail his treatment plans for me . I left his office with HOPE ! I will recommend Dr Liao to everyone.

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