Betty Y. Liu MD
Associate Professor
Director, Alumni Relations

Betty Y. Liu, MD is an associate professor and is the program director of both the Disability Medicine Clerkship and Disability Medicine Area of Concentration in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is on the Executive Committee for Center for Assistive Technology and sees patients for evaluation for mobility devices. Since 2007, she has been on the Disability Advisory Council for UPMC.

She particularly 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.


Specialized Areas of Interest
Acupuncture, people with disabilities, neck and low back pain, Life Style Medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, teaching, and, women’s health.

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Certified Medical Acupuncturist

Education & Training
BS, Biomedical Education, Sophie Davis, CCNY, 1987
MD, New York Medical College, 1990
PM&R Residency, New York Rusk Institute, 1994
“Medical Acupuncture for Physicians”, UCLA Santa Monica, 1997.

Honors and Awards
Best Doctor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2016
Chief Resident, New York Rusk Institute, 1994

Professional Organization Membership
American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

UPMC OnTopic Discussions
"Acupuncture as a Treatment Option," Betty Liu, MD