Catherine Liu, MD

Catherine Liu, MD

Catherine Liu, MD

  • Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Program; Associate Director, Infection Control, Fred Hutch
  • Director, Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Program, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division/Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington School of Medicine

Infectious Disease

“I believe in establishing a partnership with my patients and a multidisciplinary team of providers to deliver the highest quality care. By listening to their concerns, understanding their values and priorities, I work together with my patients to develop an individualized care plan.”

— Dr. Liu

What brought you to specializing in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases?

Prior to joining Fred Hutch, Dr. Catherine Liu served as Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control and the Infectious Diseases Management Program at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to her administrative roles, she was an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and maintained an active teaching role as an attending physician on the Transplant/ Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases service and as a faculty member at the UCSF School of Medicine. "I chose medicine as a career because I wanted to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives through direct patient care and by contributing to scientific discovery," Dr. Liu says. Dr. Liu says she is incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to hear patients and families share their stories and care for them during one of their most difficult life experiences. "My goal is to improve patient outcomes and quality of life by prevention and treatment of infections through practical application of the medical literature and participation in clinical research studies," she says. Dr. Liu's clinical and research interests focus on improving outcomes among cancer patients through establishing an 1) antimicrobial stewardship program that aims to promote optimal selection, dose, and duration of antimicrobial therapy and, 2) outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) program for those patients with infections requiring IV antimicrobials who are transitioning care from the inpatient to outpatient setting. "In collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of advanced practice providers, pharmacists, and Infection Control, my goal is to prevent the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens and reduce the risk of medication-related toxicity while ensuring patients receive the highest standard of care." Outside of work, Dr. Liu enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the Seattle area, cooking and traveling.

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Infectious Disease



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Stanford University

Medical Degree
University of California, San Francisco

Massachusetts General Hospital

University of California, San Francisco

Board Certification
Infectious Disease, 2007, 2018, American Board of Internal Medicine

Internship, Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital


All news
Infectious disease scientists look beyond the pandemic A symposium about protecting people with weakened immune systems from microbial threats May 9, 2023
Cancer, COVID-19 and proceeding with caution Patients in treatment and those with compromised or suppressed immune systems eye the future — and pandemic’s wane — warily February 16, 2022

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