Grant T. Liu, MD

Grant T. Liu, MD, is a pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His practice bridges the fields of ophthalmology and neurology.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric neuro-ophthalmology
Phone: 215-590-2791

  • Background

    Dr. Liu is the only pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His practice bridges the fields of ophthalmology and neurology through diagnosis and management of patients with neurological disorders that affect vision and eye movements. Dr. Liu also treats patients with poorly-defined visual symptoms, many of which remain unresolved despite previous ophthalmic and neurologic evaluations. Dr. Liu's patients seek evaluation and treatment for:

    •  Double vision
    •  Optic neuritis and other optic nerve problems
    •  Pupillary abnormalities
    •  Unexplained vision loss
    •  Visual field defects
    •  Migraine and related visual complaints
    •  Optic disc swelling
    •  Abnormal eye movements (ophthalmoparesis or nystagmus)
    •   Intracranial lesions affecting the visual pathway

    Dr. Liu received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988. He completed a medical internship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital from 1988-1989, and a neurology residency at the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Program (Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel, and Brockton-Westbury VA Hospitals in Boston, Mass.) from 1989-1992. He then completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Fla. from 1992-1993.

    Dr. Liu began practicing neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1993. He was the first on-site neuro-ophthalmologist The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently there are more than 2000 pediatric neuro-ophthalmic visits per year.

    Philadelphia Magazine has named Dr. Liu a "Top Doc" in neuro-ophthalmology every year since 2001.

    Dr. Liu is currently a Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at the University Pennsylvania. He is considered an international expert on pediatric neuro-ophthalmic topics such as pediatric pseudotumor cerebri, vision testing in children with neurofibromatosis and optic pathway gliomas, and pediatric optic nerve disorders.

    He was awarded one of Penn's 2013-14 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching

    Dr. Liu is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Division of Neuro-ophthalmology in the Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology. With three full-time faculty members and active clinical and research components, it is one of the largest neuro-ophthalmology groups in the country.  Dr. Liu co-authored the textbook, Neuro-ophthalmology: Diagnosis and Management (2nd edition, Elsevier, 2010); a reviewer in the New England Journal of Medicine called the first edition "probably the best-illustrated, most comprehensive single-volume textbook on neuro-ophthalmology available today." The release of the third edition is planned for 2016.


  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY


    Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY


    Harvard-Longwood Neurology Program at Children's Hospital, Boston, MA


    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL

    Board Certification

    Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Titles and Academic Titles


  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications


    Ko MW, Liu GT. Pediatric idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). Horm Res Paediatr. 2010;74(6):381-9. Epub 2010 Oct 21. Read abstract.

    Pineles SL, Avery RA, Liu GT. Vitamin B12 optic neuropathy in autism. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct;126(4):e967-70. Epub 2010 Sep 20. Read abstract.

    Avery RA, Shah SS, Licht DJ, Seiden JA, Huh JW, Boswinkel J, Ruppe MD, Chew A, Mistry RD, Liu GT. Reference range for cerebrospinal fluid opening pressure in children. N Engl J Med. 2010 Aug 26;363(9):891-3. No abstract available.



    Moss HE, Liu GT, Dalmau J. Glazed (vision) and confused. Surv Ophthalmol. 2010 Mar 4;55(2):169-73. Epub 2009 Oct 4. Read abstract.




    Ney JJ, Volpe NJ, Liu GT, Balcer LJ, Moster ML, Galetta SL. Functional visual loss in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Ophthalmology. 2009 Sep;116(9):1808-1813.e1. Epub 2009 Jul 30. Read abstract.




    Pineles SL, Avery RA, Moss HE, Finkel R, Blinman T, Kaiser L, Liu GT. Visual and Systemic Outcomes in Pediatric Ocular Myasthenia Gravis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 Jul 31. [Epub ahead of print] Read abstract.




    Avery RA, Liu GT. Picture of the month--quiz case. Lisch nodules, ectropion uveae, and optic pathway glioma (juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma) due to neurofibromatosis type 1. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 May;164(5):489-90. No abstract available.




    Avery RA, Mistry RD, Shah SS, Boswinkel J, Huh JW, Ruppe MD, Borasino S, Licht DJ, Seiden JA, Liu GT. Patient position during lumbar puncture has no meaningful effect on cerebrospinal fluid opening pressure in children. J Child Neurol. 2010 May;25(5):616-9. Epub 2010 Feb 22. Read abstract.


    Rangwala LM, Liu GT. Pediatric idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Surv Ophthalmol. 2007 Nov-Dec;52(6):597-617. Review. Read abstract.




    Prasad S, Liu GT, Abend NS, Ichord RN. Images in paediatrics: Sinovenous thrombosis due to mastoiditis. Arch Dis Child. 2007 Sep;92(9):749. No abstract available.