Michael C. Liu, MD.
Dr. Liu was honored to be asked to be a guest speaker for The Clearing as he maintains great interest and involvement in both the life-long learning of the art and science of medicine and the art and science of music.
Dr. Liu graduated from the Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. He is an assistant professor for the SW Washington Family Medicine Residency Program at the PeaceHealth SW Medical Center in Vancouver, WA (a program through the University of Washington Medical School).
While at the Mayo Clinic, he did research work in the biomechanics laboratory on the physiology and biomechanical problems of playing the piano. Back in the 1990s, he collaborated with then visiting orthopedic fellow from Japan Dr. Naotaka Sakai who went on to become one of the leading experts in performing arts medicine in Japan and internationally. He also spent time with the late Dr. Alice Brandfonbrener who founded in 1985 the Medical Program for Performing Artists Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Although tempted by the possibility of a career in performing arts medicine, he was instead drawn to the challenges of primary care medicine and teaching physicians how to be both knowledgeable and caring doctors.
In his youth, he studied the piano with the late George Banhalmi at the Music Center of the Northshore in Winnetka, IL and later with the renowned English pianist Ian Hobson at the University of Illinois where he received degrees in music and chemistry with honors. His interest in modern or contemporary music and chamber music came from summer studies at the Tanglewood Institute with pianists Ursula Oppens and Margo Garrett respectively. He and his wife are strong advocates for supporting the performing arts in our community and believe that music and the arts make us all better people.