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Department Head and Neck Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Brow Lift
  • Chin/Cheek Implants
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face
  • Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
  • Facial Feminization
  • Facial Fracture Repair
  • Facial Implants
  • Facial Reanimation
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Facial Surgery
  • Fat Injections
  • Forehead Lift
  • Forehead Surgery
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Health
  • Maxillofacial Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Nasal Reconstruction
  • Nasal Valve Surgery
  • Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Restylane
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
View all 28 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Bell's Palsy
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Deviated Septum
  • Facial Aging
  • Facial Fractures
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Facial Trauma
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Gender Identity Disorder
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Head and Neck Masses
  • Head and Neck Trauma
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Deformity
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Valve Collapse
  • Nose Deformity
  • Nose or Nasal Problems
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Ptosis
  • Scars
  • Septal Perforation
  • Skin Cancer
View all 27 Specialties +


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About Sara Liu, MD

Sara W. Liu, MD is a fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, and a board-certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon. Dr. Liu specializes exclusively in plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck, and performs cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive procedures. She has had advanced training in head and neck microvascular reconstruction to address difficult and complex defects of the face, head, and neck using free tissue transfer. Her clinical expertise also includes rhinoplasty, facial feminization surgery, skin cancer reconstruction, facial rejuvenation surgery, and treatment of facial nerve disorders.

Dr. Liu focuses exclusively on facial plastic surgery, and her years of experience and extensive training allows her to offer a tailored, patient-specific approach to each patient's individual concerns. 

Dr. Liu graduated with honors from Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Following residency, Dr. Liu was selected for advanced fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University of Minnesota, sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has been appointed Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery by the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Minnesota Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
Minneapolis, MN United States

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Graduate School - Boston University School of Medicine
Medical Sciences
Boston, MA

Undergraduate - McGill University
Anatomy and Cell Biology
Montreal, Quebec,


  • Otolaryngology
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 6/26/2024, Dr. Liu 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.

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

79 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

9 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2024

Good experience, liked the Doctor that I dealt with.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2024

Dr Liu has a warm and caring demeanor. I trust her totally. She addressed all my concerns after surgery and she tried her very best not to hurt me. I left leaving mentally and physically great. She is very gentle and answers all concerns I might have. She is a top notch surgeon!!!!!!!! As a person very kind,caring and genuine. She is a major asset to Clleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2024

Cleveland Clinic is the best hospital with the best doctors. I come there from Michigan. My daughter and son in law are doctors there.

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

Dr. Liu is an excellent doctor, very compassionate and good at explaining.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Doctor Sarah Lui was more than great and very reassuring . Cleveland Clinic responded to my medical needs sooner and what seems more promising than even the hospitals in my state. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr. Sara Liu is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

She explained the surgery in great detail but in a level we could easily understand. She was so down to earth and kind. You can tell she really cares.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Dr. Liu is perhaps the most personable, caring, and expert Dr. I have ever dealt with. All of the other doctors I have had at Cleveland Clinic have been superb!

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

I love Dr Liu she is the best doc of seen on this issue. And this is the 3rd time.

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