Joshua Liao, M.D., M.Sc., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Chief of the William T. and Gay F. Solomon Division of General Internal Medicine where he holds the Walter Family Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine in Honor of Albert D. Roberts, M.D.

Dr. Liao also serves as Director of the Program on Policy Evaluation and Learning, where his work focuses on improving health care payment and delivery through policy and practice change, and Director of Research Methods in the UT Southwestern Clinical and Translational Science Program.

I’m confident that payment and care delivery policy and programs can be harnessed to improve outcomes and combat health inequities.

Dr. Liao earned bachelor's degrees magna cum laude in English literature, biochemistry and cell biology from Rice University. He obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Societies. He completed internal medicine residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and completed the Management and Leadership Track. He holds a master's degree in health policy research from the University of Pennsylvania, where he remains an adjunct senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics in the Wharton School.

Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2024, Dr. Liao served as Associate Chair for Health Systems in the Department of Medicine and Enterprise Medical Director of Payment Strategy at the University of Washington, with an appointment in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health within the School of Public Health.

In Washington, Dr. Liao founded a nationally recognized policy evaluation unit that became the formal evaluation partner for the Washington Health Care Authority, the largest purchaser of health care services in the state. In that work, Dr. Liao conducted evaluations, analysis, and briefings to inform decision-makers on health care issues, including primary care delivery and telemedicine.

A national leader in health systems, policy, and care delivery, Dr. Liao has provided recommendations on these topics to the US Congress through service on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services through service on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. He is the first person in history to be appointed to both expert groups.

Dr. Liao has served as an expert on funding and accountability issues as part of the National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on Investment Imperatives for a Healthy Nation. He has participated on national advisories for the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association's RVU Update Committee, and advised state policymakers on payment and delivery policy issues.

An accomplished scholar, Dr. Liao has published over 330 articles, including more than 210 in peer-reviewed publications, and has given more than 80 national and international presentations related to his clinical work, policy proposals, and practice transformation. With continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Liao has served as PI on grants totaling over $15 million.


Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (2012)
Clinical Fellowship
Harvard Medical School (2015), Internal Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital (2015), Internal Medicine
Other Post Graduate Training
University of Pennsylvania (2017)

Research Interest

  • Health Care Access
  • Health Care Delivery and Payment
  • Health Care Disparities


Evaluating Cognitive Impairment in a Large Health Care System: The Cognition in Primary Care Program
Gaster B, Suchsland MZ, Fitzpatrick AL, Liao JM, Belza B, Hsu AP, McKiddy S, Park C, Olivari BS, Singh AP, Raetz J Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 2024 May 99 493-501
Differential Hospital Participation in Bundled Payments in Communities with Higher Shares of Marginalized Populations
Crowley AP, Neville S, Sun C, Huang QE, Cousins D, Shirk T, Zhu J, Kilaru A, Liao JM, Navathe AS Journal of general internal medicine 2024 May 39 1180-1187
JACR Health Policy Expert Panel: Health Equity and Out-of-Pocket Payments for Imaging Studies
Liao JM, Anzai Y, Sadigh G, Fendrick AM, Lee CI Journal of the American College of Radiology 2024 Apr 21 688-690
Association of Electronic Self-Scheduling and Screening Mammogram Completion
Waddell KJ, Goel K, Park SH, Linn KA, Navathe AS, Liao JM, McDonald C, Reitz C, Moore J, Hyland S, Mehta SJ American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2024 Mar 66 399-407
Area-Level Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Health Care Spending A Systematic Review
Morenz AM, Liao JM, Au DH, Hayes SA JAMA Network Open 2024 Feb 7 E2356121
JACR Health Policy Expert Panel: Generative Artificial Intelligence
Lee CI, Chen JH, Kohli MD, Smith AD, Liao JM Journal of the American College of Radiology 2024
Use of New Audio-Only Telemedicine Claim Modifiers
Morenz AM, Staloff J, Liao JM, Wong ES JAMA Network Open 2023 Dec 6
Moving the Needle Toward True Value-Based Care: An Expert Panel Discussion
Gin NE, Baron RJ, Greiner A, Liao JM The Permanente journal 2023 Dec 27 1-11
Using peer comparisons to address low-value care: Lessons for a persistent challenge
Joo JH, Liao JM Healthcare 2023 Dec 11
Author Correction: Meta-summaries effective for improving awareness and understanding of COVID-19 vaccine safety research (Scientific Reports, (2022), 12, 1, (19987), 10.1038/s41598-022-24607-6)
Williams S, Lee J, Halperin BA, Liao JM, Hsieh G, Reinecke K Scientific reports 2023 Dec 13

Honors & Awards

  • Best Health Equity Oral Abstract Finalist
    Society of General Internal Medicine (2021)
  • Exceptional Reviewer
    Journal of the American College of Radiology (2020)
  • Scholarship for the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care
    Partners Healthcare, Center of Expertise in Quality and Patient Safety (2013)
  • Foundation for Creative Achievement Award in Primary Care Diagnostics
    Brigham & Women's Hospital (2012)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • James K. Alexander Research Symposium Winner
    Baylor College of Medicine, 2nd place (2012)
  • L. Randol Barker Award
    Johns Hopkins University (2012)
  • Musher Prize for Excellence in Infectious Diseases
    Baylor College of Medicine (2012)
  • Young Physicians Award
    National Patient Safety Foundation (2012)
  • Chinese American Medical Society Merit Scholarship
  • Dr. Benjamin & Dr. Margerie Mo Merit Scholarship
    Chinese American Doctors Association of Houston (2011)
  • NATMA Foundation Merit Scholarship
    North American Taiwanese Medical Association (2011)
  • Dr. & Mrs. David M. Mumford Health Professions Leadership Award
    Rice University (2008)
  • Rice University Research Symposium Winner
  • National Scholars Award
    American College of Medical Quality (2010)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • AcademyHealth
  • American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine