Catherine Liu, MD

Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Program; Associate Director, Infection Control
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
University of Washington School of Medicine
Physician
UW Medicine
Professor, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division/Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Infectious Disease
“I believe in establishing a partnership with my patients and a multidisciplinary team of providers to deliver the highest quality care. By listening to their concerns, understanding their values and priorities, I work together with my patients to develop an individualized care plan.”
— Dr. Liu
Why do you practice oncology?

Prior to joining SCCA, Dr. Catherine Liu served as Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control and the Infectious Diseases Management Program at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to her administrative roles, she was an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and maintained an active teaching role as an attending physician on the Transplant/ Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases service and as a faculty member at the UCSF School of Medicine. "I chose medicine as a career because I wanted to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives through direct patient care and by contributing to scientific discovery," Dr. Liu says. Dr. Liu says she is incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to hear patients and families share their stories and care for them during one of their most difficult life experiences. "My goal is to improve patient outcomes and quality of life by prevention and treatment of infections through practical application of the medical literature and participation in clinical research studies," she says. Dr. Liu's clinical and research interests focus on improving outcomes among cancer patients through establishing an 1) antimicrobial stewardship program that aims to promote optimal selection, dose, and duration of antimicrobial therapy and, 2) outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) program for those patients with infections requiring IV antimicrobials who are transitioning care from the inpatient to outpatient setting. "In collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of advanced practice providers, pharmacists, and Infection Control, my goal is to prevent the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens and reduce the risk of medication-related toxicity while ensuring patients receive the highest standard of care." Outside of work, Dr. Liu enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the Seattle area, cooking and traveling.   

Provider background

Specialty: Infectious Disease

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Stanford University
Medical Degree
University of California, San Francisco
Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco
Board Certification
Infectious Disease, 2007, 2018, American Board of Internal Medicine
Other
Internship, Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Languages
English

Stories

SCCA’s team approach ensures safety amid COVID-19
SCCA’s team approach ensures safety amid COVID-19

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) leaders responded to the COVID-19 outbreak with unprecedented speed, thoughtful consideration and collaboration. Rapidly established COVID-19 infection prevention protocols allowed our staff to provide compassionate care while protecting our patients from the pandemic

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Study ID:
Complete title
Screening for Colonization with Resistant Enterobacterales in Neutropenic Patients with Hematologic Malignancies
Study ID:
Complete title
Screening for Colonization with Resistant Enterobacterales in Neutropenic Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

Press

SCCA providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this SCCA provider.

Lessons Learned About COVID and Cancer — Applying evidence, acknowledging uncertainty, adapting, moving forward with humility

SCCA's Catherine Liu, MD, spoke with MedPage Today about the current status of cancer care delivery and additional steps taken to protect patients and providers.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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