Steve M. Liao, M.D., MSCI

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Missouri Baptist Medical Center NICU
Researcher, Patient Oriented Research Unit
Newborn Medicine

phone: (314) 454-6148


  • BS, Suma Cum Laude, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)1999
  • MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine2003
  • MSCI, Washington University2012


  • Pediatric Residency, Saint Louis University School of Medicine - Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center2003 - 2006
  • Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine - St. Louis Children's Hospital2006 - 2009

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program 2006
  • MO, 2008
  • Certified in General Pediatrics 2009
  • Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 2012


  • Arthur E. McElfresh Memorial Award - outstanding achievement in the study of Pediatrics2003
  • Resident QA/QI research project - first place award2006
  • Midwest SPR Travel Grant2008
  • PAS Young Investigator's Travel Award2009
  • Department of Pediatrics Educational Loan Rebate Program Award2009 - 2010
  • Post-doctoral Career Development Program Award (K30)2009 - 2011
  • NICHD Loan Repayment Program Award & Renewal2010 - 2014
  • Washington University Career Development Award (KL2)2011 - 2013
  • Scholar Abstract Award, Translational Science Conference, Washington, DC2012

Recent Publications view all (16)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Impact of brain injury on functional measures of amplitude-integrated EEG at term equivalent age in premature infants J Perinatol. 2017;37(8):947-952. PMID:28492522 
  2. A validated clinical MRI injury scoring system in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy Pediatr Radiol. 2017. PMID:28623417  
  3. Safety and Short-Term Outcomes of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Preterm Neonates 34-35 Weeks Gestational Age with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy J Pediatr. 2017;183:37-42. PMID: 27979578  
  4. Early hyperoxia burden detected by cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy is superior to pulse oximetry for prediction of severe retinopathy of prematurity. J Perinatol. 2016. PMID:27559717 
  5. Response to dopamine in prematurity: a biomarker for brain injury? J Perinatol. 2016;36(6):453-8. PMCID:PMC4882223  PMID:26890555 
  6. Defining the nature and implications of head turn preference in the preterm infant Early Hum Dev. 2016;96:53-60. PMID:27064959 
  7. A novel method for assessing cerebral autoregulation in preterm infants using transfer function analysis. Pediatr Res. 2016;79(3):453-9. PMCID:PMC4821724  PMID:26571222 
  8. Head Position Change Is Not Associated with Acute Changes in Bilateral Cerebral Oxygenation in Stable Preterm Infants during the First 3 Days of Life. Am J Perinatol. 2015;32(7):645-52. doi:10.1055/s-0034-1390348  PMID:25282608 
  9. Functional Imaging of the Developing Brain at the Bedside Using Diffuse Optical Tomography. Cereb Cortex. 2015. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu320  PMID:25595183 
  10. Cerebral maturation on amplitude-integrated electroencephalography and perinatal exposures in preterm infants. Acta Paediatr. 2014;103(3):e96-e100. doi:10.1111/apa.12485  PMCID:PMC3945948  PMID:24354724 
  11. Near infrared optical technologies to illuminate the status of the neonatal brain. Curr Pediatr Rev. 2014;10(1):73-86. PMID:25055866 
  12. High-density diffuse optical tomography of term infant visual cortex in the nursery J Biomed Optics . 2012. 
  13. High-density diffuse optical tomography of term infant visual cortex in the nursery. J Biomed Opt. 2012;17(8):081414. PMCID:PMC3391961  PMID:23224175 
  14. Bedside optical imaging of occipital resting-state functional connectivity in neonates. Neuroimage. 2012;59(3):2529-38. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.08.094  PMCID:PMC3598616  PMID:21925609 
  15. Elucidating the neonatal hemodynamic response to brain activity: A high-density NIRS study J Biomed Optics. 2010;15(2):026010-1-9. 
  16. Neonatal hemodynamic response to visual cortex activity: high-density near-infrared spectroscopy study. J Biomed Opt. 2010;15(2):026010. PMCID:PMC2874048  PMID:20459255 
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