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Maria Liu, OD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FAAO | Medical reviewer

Expertise: Optometry, myopia control, pharmacology, ocular disease, epidemiology


PhD, Vision Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2008

OD, Pacific University, Oregon, 2005

MBA, Financial Management, City University, Seattle, 2002

BMED, Peking University, Dept. of Medicine, Beijing, China, 1996

Licenses & Certifications

Optometry license in California - 13385 (CA)

About Dr. Liu

Dr. Maria Liu is an associate professor of clinical optometry at UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She is the founder and chief of the UC Berkeley Myopia Control Clinic — the first of its kind in a teaching clinic, which now serves as a model for optometry schools across the country. 

Originally from Beijing, Dr. Liu practiced as an ophthalmologist in China before relocating to the United States in 2000. She obtained her MBA prior to her OD training at Pacific University, College of Optometry. 

Dr. Liu also completed an MPH with emphasis in biostatistics and clinical study design, and a PhD in physiological optics at UC Berkeley. The main emphasis of her research and clinical expertise has been on the investigation and utilization of novel optical designs and pharmaceuticals in myopia control. 

Dr. Liu enjoys teaching both in didactic and clinical settings. She has years of experience in teaching basic and clinical pharmacology, ocular disease, epidemiology, as well as comparative studies on the similarity and difference of primary vision care in developed versus developing countries. 

Last but not least, Dr. Liu is very enthusiastic about humanitarian services and helped organize as well as served as the attending doctor for multiple VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) trips to China. 

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