Hong Liu, M.D.

Hong Liu, M.D.




  • Professor
  • Director of Clinical Research Anesthesia


Hong Liu is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

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4150 V St., Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Department Fax: 916-734-7980

Clinical Interests

I provide general and cardiac anesthesia. I have been engaged in basic and clinical research for more than 20 years. My primary research areas include myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury, pre- and post-conditioning in myocardial protection and high-risk surgery outcomes.


Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia


M.D., Nanjing Medical College, Jiangso, China 1987

Internship: Surgery, St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, New York NY 1996-1997


Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1997-2000


Cardia Anesthesiology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2000-2001

Board Certifications

American Board of Anesthesiology, 2011

Medical Board of California, 2008

National Board of Echocardiography, Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography, 2014

Honors and Awards

Guest Professor, Sun-yet Sen University, China, 2015

Guest Professor of Nanjing Medical University, China, 2010

Guest Professor of Soochow University, China, 2009

California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) Resident Research Award: Third Place, 1998

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 1995

Select Recent Publications

Li, D; Bohringer, C; Liu, H. What is "normal" intraoperative blood pressure and do deviations from it really affect postoperative outcome? Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017;31(2): 79-81.

Liu H, Ji F, Peng K, Applegate R II, and Fleming N. Sedation after Cardiac Surgery - Is One Drug Better Than Another? Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2017;124(4): 1061-70.

Ke P, Liu HY, Wu SR, Liu H, Zhang ZC, Fuhai Ji. Does propofol anesthesia lead to less postoperative pain compared with inhalation anesthesia? A systematic review and meta-analysis. A&A. 2016;123(4): 846-58.

Geng J, Qian J, Cheng H, Ji F, Liu H. The influence of perioperative dexmedetomidine on the patients undergoing cardiac surgery: a meta-analysis. PLOS ONE. 2016 Apr 6;11(4):e0152829.

Sun J and Liu H. Perioperative Aspirin and Clonidine and Risk of Acute Kidney Injury. JAMA. 2015;313(11):1166.

Judge O, Ji F, Fleming N and Liu H.  The Current Use of Pulmonary Artery Catheter for Hemodynamic Monitoring in Cardiac Surgery: a Survey from Members of Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2015, 29(1);69-75.

Yao L, Young N, Liu H, Li Z, Sun W, Goldhammer J, Tao L, He J, Diehl J and    Sun J. Evidence for preoperative aspirin improving major outcomes in patients    with chronic kidney disease undergoing cardiac surgery, a cohort study. Ann Surg. 2015 Jan;261(1):207-12.

Ji F, Li J, Fleming N, Rose D and Liu H. Reliability of a new 4th generation FloTrac algorithm to track cardiac output changes in patients receiving phenylephrine. J Clin Monit Comput. 2014 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Ji F, Li Z, Young N, Moore P and Liu H. Does Really Perioperative Dexmedetomidine Improve Mortality After Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery? J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth.. 2014 Oct;28(5):e47-8.

Ji F, Li Z, Young N, Moore P and Liu H. Perioperative dexmedetomidine improves mortality in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2014 Apr;28(2):267-73.