Gary Y. Liao, D.P.M.


Dr. Gary Y. Liao spent his childhood and early teen years in Thomasville, North Carolina. He moved to the Triangle area to attend High School at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Upon graduating from college, he moved to South Florida to attend Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami Florida where he earned his Doctorate in Podiatry. He completed a comprehensive three year surgical residency focusing on elective and reconstructive foot surgery at Catholic Health Systems/Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, New York. He has the privilege of serving as chief resident during his third year of residency. During his residency, Dr. Liao developed a special interest in sports medicine of the lower extremity, general podiatry and reconstructive forefoot surgery.

In his free time, Dr Liao enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing racquetball and baseball and cheering on his Tar Heels during basketball season.

Primary Specialty:
Primary Podiatric Medicine
Podiatric Surgery

Medical Education:
School of Podiatric Medicine
Barry University
Miami Shores, FL

Hospital Affiliations:
NC Specialty Hospital
Durham, NC

Duke Regional Hospital
Durham, NC

A Message From Dr. Liao

Thank you for visiting our website. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and share with you my approach and philosophy towards patient care.

From a young age, I was a patient of my home town podiatrist. It was through his help and him making me orthotics that I was able to go through my childhood without any major foot pain or issues. Thus, I am very passionate about my career and field, believing that providing good patient care through great communication is of upmost importance. I approach patient care with the mindset that the patient and the physician work together as a team towards the singular goal of getting the patient back to their normal physical level in the quickest and safest way possible. I have a whole system approach to medicine. Taking the extra time to figure out why the pain occurred in the first place is just as important, if not more so, than treating just the symptoms.

It has been my experience that in many cases, underlying pathology of the foot and lower extremities can be corrected through an expert biomechanical examination and the proper usage of a functional orthotic to realign and restore normal walking patterns. And although I have a comprehensive surgical background from my residency training, I believe that conservative and non-invasive treatment options should always be tried first. I have a special interest in athletic and sports related injuries, biomechanics and reconstructive foot surgery. I am constantly striving to improve my knowledge base and try to incorporate the most efficacious and research-proven techniques into my daily treatment options.

Outside of practice, I enjoy traveling, trying new foods and vacationing (who doesn’t right?) with my wife and family. We have long term goals to travel to each of the 6 continents including Antarctica.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my page. I look forward to meeting and helping you in any way that I can.

Call Central Carolina Foot and Ankle Associates at 919-477-9333 for an appointment or click the link below.

Central Carolina Foot & Ankle Associates

2609 N. Duke Street, Ste. 301
Durham, NC 27704
(near the corner of N. Duke St. and Stadium Dr.)

5107 Southpark Drive
Suite 202
Durham, NC 27713
(close to RTP and Chapel Hill)