Rock Liu

Rock Liu

Mandarin, English


Advanced Laparoscopic


Dr. Liu was born in Taiwan and moved to Monterey Park, California when he was 10 years old. He attended The Ohio State University for medical school and completed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He completed a fellowship in minimally-invasive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Liu specializes in general surgery with a special focus on complex, minimally-invasive, robotic hernia repairs.  He is the only Hernia Epicenter Surgeon in the Bay Area.  Surgeons from across the United States, including academic centers, come to observe Dr. Liu perform all variety of robotic hernia repairs – from simple inguinal hernias to complex abdominal wall reconstruction – at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.  He is the author of several textbook chapters on the latest advances in robotic hernia surgery.  He has been an invited speaker and moderator at multiple surgical conferences around the world.  Most importantly, he is one a few surgeons on the West Coast participating in the Abdominal Core Health Quality Collaborative (ACHQC) to ensure long-term quality of his hernia repairs and to contribute data to help surgeons better understand the long-term outcomes of hernia repair.  He has created, for patients, a website (www.pacifichernia.com) with evidence-based recommendations and information on hernia treatment.

He is a member of SAGES, ACHQC, and Americas Hernia Society, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  He is very active in these surgical societies. He is on the Video Based Education Committee at the ACS, the Robotics Committee and Technology Council at SAGES, and the Data Integration Committee at the ACHQC.

Dr. Liu speaks Mandarin in addition to English.  Outside of work, Dr. Liu enjoys spending time with his wife, 4 children, dog, and chickens. He enjoys many outdoor activities including mountain biking and snowboarding.

Dr. Liu has privileges at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Berkeley, St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, Eden Hospital in Castro Valley, and San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, as well as the Surgery Center of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Aspen Surgery Center in Walnut Creek, two outpatient surgery centers.

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