Ying Liu, MD, PhD

Ying Liu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery



Medical School, Southeast University School of Medicine, Nanjing, China, 1995

MPH, Fudan University School of Public Health, Shanghai, China, 1998

PhD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, 2006

Teaching Appointments

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences

Professional Memberships

American Association for Cancer Research
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Preventive Oncology


Areas of Research Interest

Dr. Lui’s research work identifies and addresses the determinants of disparities along the cancer care continuum from a multilevel perspective, including health policies, neighborhood contexts, healthcare providers, individual health behaviors, and biological responses and pathways. She also has extensive expertise in the impacts of lifestyle exposures across the life course on breast cancer risk.


Xie E, Colditz GA, Lian M, Greever-Rice T, Schmaltz C, Lucht J, Liu Y. Timing of Medicaid enrollment, late-stage breast cancer diagnosis, treatment delays, and mortality. JNCI Cancer Spectr 2022; 6:pkac031

Cho B, Han Y, Lian M, Colditz GA, Weber JD, Ma C, Liu Y. Evaluation of racial/ethnic differences in treatment and mortality among women with triple-negative breast cancer. JAMA Oncol. 2021; 7:1016-1023

Liu Y, Colditz GA, Kozower BD, James A, Greever-Rice T, Schmaltz C, Lian M. Association of Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with non-small cell lung cancer survival. JAMA Oncol 2020; 6:1289-1290

Han Y, Miao ZF, Lian M, Peterson LL, Colditz GA, Liu Y. Racial and ethnic disparities in 21-gene recurrence scores, chemotherapy, and survival among women with hormone receptor-positive, node-negative breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2020; 184:915-925

Liu Y, West R, Weber JD, Colditz GA. Race and risk of subsequent aggressive breast cancer following ductal carcinoma in situ. Cancer 2019; 125:3225-3233

Zhang S, Liu Y (co-1st author), Yun S, Lian M, Komaie G, Colditz GA. Impacts of neighborhood characteristics on treatment and outcomes in women with ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2018; 27: 1298-1306

Liu Y, Tobias DK, Sturgeon KM, Rosner B, Malik V, Cespedes E, Joshi AD, Eliassen AH, Colditz GA. Physical activity from menarche to first pregnancy and risk of breast cancer. Int J Cancer 2016; 139: 1223-1230 PMC5257171

Liu Y, Colditz GA, Rosner B, Berkey CS, Collins LC, Schnitt SJ, Connolly JL, Chen WY, Willett WC, Tamimi RM. Alcohol intake between menarche and first pregnancy: A prospective study of breast cancer risk. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013; 105: 1571-1578


To contact Dr. Lui, please call 314-747-5601 or email ylui3@wustl.edu.