Betty Liu, MD

  • Associate Professor
  • Co-Director, PM&R Medical Student Education
  • Director, Alumni Relations
  • Department Wellness Champion
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Betty Liu, MD, is a physiatrist and is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She is also a certified medical acupuncturist. Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and she serves as the Course Director for both the Disability Medicine Clerkship elective and Disability Medicine Area of Concentration in the School of Medicine, the Co-director of PM&R Medical Student Education in the PMR department, Director of Alumni Relations, and the Department Wellness Champion.

Dr. Liu advocates accessible health care for women. She was granted FISA Foundation grant in the past for addressing this particular issue. Dr. Liu uses acupuncture and holistic medicine philosophy to address treatment approaches associated with pain. It is her belief that knowledge and motivation are the primary factors influencing positive outcomes for recovery and improvement of health.

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Certified Medical Acupuncturist

Clinical Interests: Acupuncture as a complement to pain management and wellness, neck and low back pain, lifestyle medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, women's health, and mobility needs for people with disabilities

Why are diversity and inclusion important to me? I am a member of the UPMC PMR Dept. Diversity and Inclusion Committee because I have always been an advocate for equality and fairness. Perhaps this is due to my background in the immigrant community or as a woman but this has made me more sensitive and understanding of disparities and the need to improve inequalities.


Education & Training

  • BS, Biomedical Education, City College of New York, New York, NY, 1987
  • MD, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, 1990
  • PM&R Residency, Rusk Institute at New York University, New York, NY, 1994
  • "Medical Acupuncture for Physicians," University of California-Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA, 1997