Tzu-Shang Liu, MD

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    (Board Certified)
Chinese - Mandarin, English
St. Mary Medical Center
18300 US Highway 18
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Accepting New Patients

Primary Office

St. Mary Medical Center
18300 US Highway 18
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Get Directions
(760) 242-2311
Weekend Hours
Sat: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Secondary Office

Southern California Bone and Joint Clinic
16008 Kamana Road
Suite 100
Apple Valley, CA 92307
(760) 956-5200
(760) 669-0793
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • Barstow Community Hospital
  • Premier Healthcare
  • St. Mary High Desert Medical Group
  • St. Mary Medical Center
  • Victor Valley Global Medical Center
  • Meet The Doctor

    Specialties & Education

    Primary Specialties
    • Orthopedic Surgery
      (Board Certified)
    Secondary Specialties
    • Sports Medicine
    Education & Training
    • Medical School
      University of Pennsylvania Medical School
    • Residency
      University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    • Fellowship
      University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Areas of Interest

    Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine, Shoulder Specialist, Knee Specialist, Hip Specialist

  • Biography



    Dr. Liu is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. Dr. Liu has special skills in ACL reconstructions, shoulder instability and rotator cuff repairs, hamstring repairs and medical management of concussions.

    Philosophy of practice:
    Just because I'm a well-trained orthopaedic surgeon, it does not mean that I always recommend surgery. Part of my job is to explain which diseases have good conservative treatment options, and which ones would be better treated surgically.

    The minimum goal that I aim to achieve is to make the patient and the family understand the underlying condition that brought the patient to see me. I always take time to explain the anatomy and the natural history of the disease. After that, I will explain the appropriate treatment options.

    My ultimate goal is to educate the patient and enable him to choose the right treatment option for himself. Even though surgery can be the best option for one person's condition does not always mean that it is the right choice for everyone with that condition, as there are complexities to each individual case.

    There are always risks, benefits, and alternatives to every surgery, and I customize my recommendation based on the balance of the three for each individual patient.

    Biggest reward:
    There is no greater reward than seeing the patients return to the activities that they enjoy before their ailment and to help them achieve their goals. It is incredibly satisfying to see patients come back and tell me they can walk without a limp or finally have a good night's sleep without shoulder pain.

    Similarly, it is wonderful to help an athlete return to play and help the team win a championship. To me, that is the meaning of life, which is to positively affect the life of others.

    Selecting a career in medicine:
    At an early age, I was inspired by my father, who was a fledging orthopaedic surgeon. I saw how hard he worked, but I also saw the joy he received as he helped patients recover from their conditions. He knew I was interested in his profession and encouraged me to follow his footsteps. Armed with his teachings and imbued with his hard-working ethic, I was able to achieve the career that I have today, having trained under some of the giants of our field and taken care of championship teams at different levels.

    Patients Age Limitations: Over 11 years old

    We provide general orthopedic care and specialize in sports medicine and concussion care.

    What are some activities/hobbies you like to participate in during your free time?
    Passionate about high school football and is the team physician for local college and high school.

    Memberships: American Orthopeadic Assoc. Emergent Leaders Program Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Arthroscopy Association of North America American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

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