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Dr. Hongbo Liu, M.D.



  • Pediatric & Adult Spine Surgeon
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Specialist
  • Fellow Trained, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Fellow Trained, Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Fellow Trained, Neurological Spine Surgery and MISS
  • Fellow Trained, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Mayo Clinic Trained Surgeon

Dr. Hongbo Liu is an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in both pediatric orthopedics and spinal disorders. He completed his training at the prestigious Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and world-renowned Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Liu’s clinical interests include pediatric spinal deformity, degenerative spine disorders, minimally invasive spine surgeries, osteoporosis-related vertebral compression fracture, and spinal trauma. He is also specialized in treatment of pediatric orthopedic disorders, especially pediatric hip disorders, lower limb deformities/deficiencies and fractures.

Dr. Liu earned his medical degree from the Harbin Medical University in Harbin, China and graduated with three Outstanding Student Awards. After completing his orthopedic surgery residency at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, one of the best medical centers in China, Dr. Liu accomplished three clinical fellowships in the United States and received well-rounded and extensive training in spine surgery and pediatric orthopedics. Dr. Liu’s first fellowship was in pediatric orthopedic surgery at the CCHMC, and his second fellowship was focused on pediatric spine deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) at the CCHMC, University of Cincinnati Hospital and the Christ Hospital. Dr. Liu then completed his third fellowship training in adult spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Liu received multiple awards during his academic training. He was granted the Japan-China Sasakawa Medical Fellowship and worked as a research fellow at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Osaka, Japan. He received the 5th Annual International Pediatric Orthopedic Symposium Scholarship. He was recognized as an AO Spine North America fellow from 2010-2011. He also received a research grant from the Scoliosis Research Society related to regional and national trends in the surgical treatment of spondylolysis and spondyolisthesis in the pediatric patient. Dr. Liu has published articles in multiple orthopedic and spine peer-reviewed journals and a text book chapter on spine surgery techniques. He has presented his research at national and international spine and orthopedic meetings.

Dr. Liu’s clinical and academic training experiences have cultivated a healthy drive towards the pursuit of knowledge, attention to detail, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice. Dr. Liu treats patients not only by surgical methods but from a holistic approach. Dr. Liu believes in quality and excellence and providing individualized care to each of his patients. As a spine surgeon his ultimate goal is to use not only his clinical expertise to treat patients but also research-based evidence to guide practice and optimize care for patients.

In his spare time, Dr. Liu likes to watch basketball games and enjoys spending time with his family. He also loves reading, traveling and exploring new cultures.


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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?

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