Stephen Liu, MD| Medical Oncology | MedStar Health

Stephen Liu, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

5.0 out of 5 (453 reviews)

Specialities: Medical Oncology

Languages: English


About me

Dr. Stephen V. Liu, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University. He is the Director of Thoracic Oncology and Head of Developmental Therapeutics at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Liu graduated cum laude from Johns Hopkins University before receiving his MD at the University of Maryland. He completed Internal Medicine training at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Southern California, after which he received further specialized training in genomic medicine at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Dr. Liu has been part of the Thoracic Oncology section and the Experimental Therapeutics Program of Georgetown University since 2013. He is a board-certified medical oncologist with expertise in lung cancer and drug development. 
Dr. Liu has a research focus on the development of novel therapeutic agents and innovative combinations for the treatment of advanced thoracic malignancies. He leads the Thoracic Oncology section and the Phase I Developmental Therapeutics group. His work has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Lancet Oncology, Cancer Discovery, and Clinical Cancer Research. He is actively involved in post-graduate education and has been awarded multiple teaching awards for his efforts. In addition to leading national and global clinical trials for the treatment of lung cancer, Dr. Liu is also the co-host for the official IASLC (International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) podcast, Lung Cancer Considered.

Dr. Liu's philosophy of care
"I subscribe to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's mission - cura personalis - caring for the whole person - and I am an advocate for my patients. I stress the importance of open communication between physicians and patients and strive to provide my patients with the most advanced care available. I strongly believe that all patients deserve the opportunity to benefit from the latest cancer research advances, including genomic testing which is an essential part of treatment decisions. I am also committed to conducting research that will contribute to our understanding of cancer and helping future patients. Clinical trials are often the best treatment option in lung cancer and we strive to have the most promising agents available for our patients."

Clinical areas of focus

  • Adenocarcinoma Of Lung
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Mass
  • Lung Metastasis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Thymoma
  • Thymus Cancer
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Adenocarcinoma Of Lung
  • Large Cell Cancer Of The Lung
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Mass
  • Lung Metastasis
  • Malignant Airway Tumors
  • Mesothelioma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Side Effects Of Cancer Treatment
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Smoldering Multiple Myeloma
  • Squamous Cancer Of The Lung
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymoma
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Tracheal Cancer
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Procedures I perform

  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Biological Targeted Therapy
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Chemoradiation
  • Clinical Trials
  • Developmental Therapeutics Management
  • Lung Cancer Genomics
  • Targeted Molecular Therapy
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Lombardi Cancer Center
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 202-444-1229

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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • Network OA
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Optimum Choice
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Open POS II
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Open HMO
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • United Student Resources
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Tricare Prime
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Tricare Standard
    • CIGNA Indemnity



Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Fellowship Program: University of Southern California Medical Center (2011)

Fellowship Program: USC Norris Cancer Hospital (2011)

Internship/Residency: University of Pennsylvania Hospital (2008)

Residency Program: University of Pennsylvania Hospital (2008)

Internship Program: University of Pennsylvania Hospital (2006)

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine (2005)


  • Heine H. Hansen Small Cell Lung Cancer Award, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, WCLC 2022, Vienna
  • Top Doctor Award, Washingtonian Magazine, 2022
  • Cura Personalis Fellow, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2020
  • Annual Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Medicine. Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2019

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Ratings and reviews

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  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Nov 30, 2022


  • Nov 29, 2022

    I've already recommended this Dr to everyone I meet. He is kind, patient, knowledgeable and willing and able to discuss everything clearly and if necessary repeat to make sure I understand. If he doesn't already, He should teach seminars on professional bedside manner.

  • Nov 29, 2022

    My visit with Dr. Liu was outstanding.