Liu named director of echocardiography

Kan Liu, MD, PhD, has joined the Heart and Vascular Center Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as the director of echocardiography and director of the Richard E. Kerber Echocardiography Laboratory.

Liu graduated from the Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences in China (MD), and molecular and cellular biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (PhD). He completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He joined the Division of Cardiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse as an assistant professor in 2009, and he was subsequently promoted to associate professor of medicine and radiology and director of the Echocardiography Lab.

Liu will have outpatient clinics at UI Hospitals and Clinics and will round on the inpatient Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, general cardiology consult, and the teaching service. He will also read echocardiograms, perform stress echocardiograms and transesophageal echocardiograms, and read nuclear and cardiac MRI scans.

Liu’s clinical research interests focus on the role of multi-modality cardiac imaging in the diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Additional research interests focus on quantitative Doppler, deformation and myocardial contrast (perfusion) echocardiography, and imaging machine learning techniques.