School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Physical Therapy


Hao (Howe) Liu, , PT, PhD, MS, FGSA

Professor and Head of Physical Therapy
Phone: (504) 568-4261
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Liu received his degrees in Physical Therapy (MS) and Anatomy (PhD) from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Neuroanatomy (MS) from the Suzhou Medical College, and Medicine (BS) from the Jiangxi Medical College in China.

As a core PT faculty member for 20 years, Dr. Liu had taught in University of Central Arkansas, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Allen College in Iowa before he joined the Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) at New Orleans in December 2023. The courses he had taught as the course director or co-course director included Clinical Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Evidence-Based Practice in PT, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Diagnostic Imaging, Kinesiology, Geriatric PT, PT for Special Population, and two elective courses - Advanced Anatomy and Histology for PT, and Tai Chi for Health. As a licensed physical therapist, he has been practicing as a PRN therapist mainly in nursing homes, outpatient clinic, or rehab hospital over two decades. In addition, during these years, Dr. Liu had been active in providing Tai Chi and assessment of assistive ambulatory devices for older adults living in senior living communities in the metropolitan areas he used to live.

In the last 20 years, Dr. Liu has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and over 10 books or book chapters, presented nearly 150 research presentations in state, national, and international conferences, and received numerous fundings from intramural to extramural grants for his scholarly projects. His studies focus primarily on investigations of the effect of alternative therapies like Tai Chi on older adults and the effect of a walking device on an older user’s body mechanics. Also, he conducts research on cadavers in anatomy lab for precise surface projections and potential impingement spots of a variety of peripheral nerves in comparison with people who may suffer from peripheral pain problems.