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Serena M. Liu, MD

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

HS Assistant Clinical Professor

If you are a patient, please do not contact this physician by email without her prior expressed consent due to confidentiality concerns.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 2356 Sutter Street, J-140
San Francisco, CA 94143
Practice Phone: (415) 353-3400

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr. Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a specialist in Complex Family Planning. She provides full reproductive care with a specialized training in contraception and abortion care. Her research interests include patient experience, progestins, and cervical preparation.  

She earned her medical degree at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed her OBGYN residency training at Albany Medical Center, and graduated from fellowship in Complex Family Planning at Stanford University.


Year Institution & Location Degree Field of Study
2023 Stanford University Fellowship Complex Family Planning
2021 Albany Medical Center Residency Obstetrics and Gynecology
2017 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons M.D.  
2013 University of Toronto B.S. Biomedical Toxicology & Human Biology

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2021 Albany Medical Center CREOG Award
2021 Albany Medical Center Excellence in Research Award
2021 Ryan Program Award at Albany Medical Center
2017 Golden Speculum Teaching Award at Albany Medical Center
  1. Cervical preparation for second-trimester procedural abortion. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Aug 31. Fraz F, Liu SM, Shaw KA. PMID: 37678155.

  2. Discovery of an Ectopic Pregnancy after Attempted Self-Managed Abortion. N Engl J Med. 2023 Jan 19; 388(3):278-279. Beshar I, Liu SM, Shaw KA, Henkel A. PMID: 36652361.

  3. Progestins of today and tomorrow. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2022 Dec 01; 34(6):344-350. Liu S, Kciuk O, Frank M, Tyson N. PMID: 36036464.

  4. Pain management in outpatient surgical abortion. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Dec 01; 33(6):440-444. Liu SM, Shaw KA. PMID: 34747880.

  5. A single-blinded randomized controlled trial evaluating pain and opioid use after dilator placement for second-trimester abortion. Contraception. 2021 Mar; 103(3):171-177. Liu SM, Flink-Bochacki R. PMID: 33285100.

  6. Etonogestrel concentrations among contraceptive implant users in Botswana using and not using dolutegravir-based antiretroviral therapy. Contraception. 2020 Sep; 102(3):174-179. Bishop IJ, Gertz AM, Simon B, Tawe L, Lechiile K, Liu S, Teodoro N, Mussa A, Avalos A, Malima S, Maotwe T, Mokganya L, Westhoff CL, Morroni C. PMID: 32387328.