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Guangdong Liu, MD, FACP, FASAM

Guangdong Liu, MD, FACP, FASAM

Attending Physician, Internal Medicine
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

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An Adventure Every Day

As a child in China, Dr. Guangdong Liu lived through his mother’s many chronic medical conditions and came to regard her doctors and nurses as heroes. It inspired him to become a physician himself. But in the early 1990s, when Dr. Liu was working as a pulmonary and critical care physician in a teaching hospital in Shanghai, he became fascinated by the new technologies that were revolutionizing the world. He began taking computer science courses, and when he moved to the United States in 1998 Dr. Liu decided to change careers, combining his interests to become a systems analyst for New York State’s Medicaid Choice program.

And then 9/11 happened. “My office was at 30 Broad Street, and I saw the first tower on fire and then the airplane hitting the second tower,” Dr. Liu recalls. “All the suffering made me decide to be a physician again. I became a first-year internal medicine resident 20 years after I graduated medical school.”

Dr. Liu joined the Ambulatory Care Department of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst in 2006. The position included stints supervising resident teams on the inpatient wards, and Dr. Liu became a favorite among the staff, who found inspiration in his come-early-stay-late work ethic and the natural rapport he had with patients. 

In 2015, Dr. Liu moved to the hospital’s Internal Medicine Department. “As a hospitalist, you feel like you are a conductor of a beautiful symphony, everything well-organized and well-done,” he says. “We see so many mysterious cases. It’s like an adventure every day. I also love teaching residents and students. They keep me thinking and I learn a lot from them.”

Dr. Liu’s 17 years at Elmhurst have given him experience and expertise in a wide range of subspecialties. He is board-certified in addiction medicine, obesity medicine and hospice and palliative care. Dr. Liu has also developed expertise in disaster medicine with the city’s Office of Emergency Management. In 2012, he served as Medical Director of a shelter at Queens College for evacuees of Hurricane Sandy with special needs.

At Elmhurst and all of the city’s public hospitals, Dr. Liu says, “Patients place a great deal of trust in us and they deserve the best.”

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