Christopher F. Liu, M.D.
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Christopher F. Liu, M.D.


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Gender: Male
Language: English, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish


Personal Statement

Cardiac Electrophysiology is exciting because our therapies can dramatically improve people's lives. I look forward to coming to work every day so that I can help deliver this cutting-edge treatment as well as help move our field forward. At the same time, the most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity to guide each patient through their condition in an understandable way so that she/he can actively participate in our treatment plan. My belief is to treat each patient with clarity, care, and compassion - the same way that I would want my family to be treated.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology


  • Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Catheter Ablation, Radiofrequency, Cardiac, Using 3 Dimensional Electroanatomic Mapping System
  • Cryoablation of Arrhythmia Focus
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Percutaneous Occlusion of Left Atrial Appendage
  • Occlusion, Atrial Appendage, Left, Percutaneous, Using Ligation Device
  • Intraoperative Epicardial or Endocardial Pacing and Mapping
  • Intracardiac Echocardiography
  • Intracardiac Catheter Ablation For Ventricular Tachycardia With Imaging Guidance
  • Cardiac Resynchronization
  • Implantable Defibrillators
  • Pacemakers
  • Palpitations
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Diagnostic Electrophysiology Study
  • Syncope
  • Cardioversion


Christopher F. Liu, MD, FACC, FHRS is Assistant Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center.  He has pioneered multiple procedures here at Weill Cornell Medical Center: cryoballoon ablation for atrial fibrillation, Watchman device closure of the left atrial appendage, Lariat device closure of the left atrial appendage, and epicardial VT ablation.  He has co-authored a number of studies aimed at improving outcomes of catheter ablation procedures, and serves as peer reviewer for numerous prestigious cardiology journals.  Dr. Liu has given invited lectures at renowned international Cardiology and Electrophysiology conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia, pertaining to his work in advanced imaging and complex arrhythmia ablations.  He is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology, and serves on the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Liu was born in southern China and raised in New York City, where he attended Stuyvesant High School. He received his undergraduate education at Cornell University, then returned to New York City to earn his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Liu completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He then completed fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania, renowned for its work in epicardial ablation. He was recruited to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for his unique skills in catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias and his use of advanced imaging to improve ablation outcomes.

Based on his wide case experience and attention to detail, Dr. Liu has built a reputation for taking on difficult cases and high-risk patients, often achieving successful outcomes in patients who had undergone failed procedures elsewhere, and with an unparalleled safety record - for the high risk cases as well as the simple cases. Just as importantly, Dr. Liu is known for his clear communication skills and warm bedside manner.

Dr. Liu is committed to advancing our understanding of mechanisms of arrhythmias and novel approaches to catheter ablation. He has done work aimed at evaluating the utility of dominant frequency analysis as a method to identify areas of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs) in the human left atrium during atrial fibrillation. CFAE areas may be important in sustaining persistent atrial fibrillation and thus have become target for catheter ablation of this arrhythmia. In addition, Dr. Liu is pursuing improvement in the integration of advanced imaging technologies such as intracardiac echocardiography into complex ablation procedures for atrial fribrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Liu has co-authored several manuscripts in respected cardiology journals, and his recent findings were presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society.  Dr. Liu has given multiple invited lectures at prominent national and international electrophysiology conferencesHe is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association.  He currently serves on the Ethics and Displicine Committee of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Liu specializes in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and provides care in all areas of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. This includes specialized management of the following conditions:

-Atrial fibrillation

-Atrial fibrillation with high risk of stroke and intolerant of anticoagulation (blood thinners such as Coumadin)

-Atrial flutter (including arrhythmias occurring after previous surgery or ablation)

-Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT): including AV nodal reentrant tachycardia, atrial tachycardia, and arrhythmias associated with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

-Ventricular arrhythmias: including ventricular ectopy (PVCs), ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation, and ICD shocks related to these arrhythmias

-Potentially high risk of malignant arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death: including patients with cardiomyopathy (weak heart muscle), previous myocardial infarction (heart attack), and high-risk congenital or hereditary conditions such as long QT syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Brugada syndrome

-Refractory congestive heart failure (consideration for cardiac resynchronization therapy).

Dr. Liu performs these procedures on a daily basis using the latest technology:

-Cryoballoon ablation of atrial fibrillation

-Topera (FIRM)-guided mapping and ablation of atrial fibrillation rotors (this is done for particularly difficult cases)

-Radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (integrated 3-D mapping systems and intracardiac echocardiography) and atrial flutter- including failed procedures elsewhere

-Catheter ablation of all types of supraventricular tachycardias (listed above) using radiofrequency and cryo-ablation

-Catheter ablation of all types of ventricular arrhythmias: including PVCs and ventricular tachycardia (with or without ICD shocks)

-Stereotaxis (remote magnetic navigation)-guided ablation (this is a type of robotic approach)

-Epicardial ablation of ventricular arrhythmias (those which cannot be ablated via the conventional approach inside the heart)

-Implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators (ICDs), and cardiac resynchronization devices (CRT).

-Minimally-invasive closure of the left atrial appendage (Watchman or Lariat device) for patients with atrial fibrillation who are at high risk of stroke and are intolerant of anticoagulation (blood thinner medications such as Coumadin).


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

1993 Semifinalist, Westinghouse Science Talent Search

1994 Elizabeth Appleton Scholarship, Cornell University

1995 Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholar

2000 Alpha Omega Alpha, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2003 Medical Housestaff Research Award, Columbia University Medical Center 

2009, 2012 Michael J. Wolk Heart Foundation Clinical Scholar, Weill Cornell Medical College


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine in Clinical Pediatrics - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2001


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

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