Wilson Liao, MD


Dr. Wilson Liao specializes in the care of patients with psoriasis and photo-responsive disorders. He is interested in bringing cutting-edge research technologies into the dermatology clinic. Liao is involved in a number of research studies for psoriasis and skin cancer and welcomes patient inquiries on study participation.


Dermatology Clinic
1701 Divisadero St., Third and Fourth Floors
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353–7800
Fax: (415) 353–7870

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Psoriasis and Skin Treatment Center
515 Spruce St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 476-4701
Fax: (415) 502-4126

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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Harvard School of Medicine 2003


UCSF Medical Center, Dermatology 2007


UCSF Medical Center, Dermatology 2007

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Isabelle M. Sanchez, Wei Jiang, Eric J. Yang, Rasnik K. Singh, Kristen Beck, Claire Liu, Ladan Afifi, Wilson Liao.. Current Dermatology Reports. Enteropathy in Psoriasis: A Systematic Review of Gastrointestinal Disease Epidemiology and Subclinical Inflammatory and Functional Gut Alterations. 2018; 7(1):59-74.
  2. Sanchez IM, Sorenson E, Levin E, Liao W. The Efficacy of Biologic Therapy for the Management of Palmoplantar Psoriasis and Palmoplantar Pustulosis: A Systematic Review. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2017 Nov 15.
  3. Jeon C, Nakamura M, Sekhon S, Yan D, Wu JJ, Liao W, Bhutani T. Generalized pustular psoriasis treated with apremilast in a patient with multiple medical comorbidities. JAAD Case Rep. 2017 Nov; 3(6):495-497.
  4. Yan D, Afifi L, Jeon C, Cordoro KM, Liao W. A cross-sectional study of psoriasis triggers among different ethno-racial groups. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Oct; 77(4):756-758.e1.
  5. Sekhon S, Jeon C, Nakamura M, Afifi L, Yan D, Wu J, Liao W, Bhutani T. Review of the mechanism of action of coal tar in psoriasis. J Dermatolog Treat. 2017 Sep 19; 1-3.
  6. Jeon C, Yan D, Nakamura M, Sekhon S, Bhutani T, Berger T, Liao W. Frequency and Management of Sleep Disturbance in Adults with Atopic Dermatitis: A Systematic Review. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2017 Jul 13.
  7. Abrouk M, Farahnik B, Zhu TH, Nakamura M, Singh R, Lee K, Lucking SM, Blossom J, Liao W, Koo J, Bhutani T, Shinkai K, Nguyen T. Apremilast treatment of atopic dermatitis and other chronic eczematous dermatoses. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 07; 77(1):177-180.
  8. Abrouk M, Lee K, Brodsky M, Nakamura M, Singh R, Zhu TH, Farahnik B, Liao W. Ethnicity affects the presenting severity of psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 07; 77(1):180-182.
  9. Cordoro KM, Hitraya-Low M, Taravati K, Sandoval PM, Kim E, Sugarman J, Pauli ML, Liao W, Rosenblum MD. Skin-infiltrating, interleukin-22-producing T cells differentiate pediatric psoriasis from adult psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Sep; 77(3):417-424.
  10. Ali N, Zirak B, Rodriguez RS, Pauli ML, Truong HA, Lai K, Ahn R, Corbin K, Lowe MM, Scharschmidt TC, Taravati K, Tan MR, Ricardo-Gonzalez RR, Nosbaum A, Bertolini M, Liao W, Nestle FO, Paus R, Cotsarelis G, Abbas AK, Rosenblum MD. Regulatory T Cells in Skin Facilitate Epithelial Stem Cell Differentiation. Cell. 2017 Jun 01; 169(6):1119-1129.e11.
  11. Afifi L, Danesh MJ, Lee KM, Beroukhim K, Farahnik B, Ahn RS, Yan D, Singh RK, Nakamura M, Koo J, Liao W. Dietary Behaviors in Psoriasis: Patient-Reported Outcomes from a U.S. National Survey. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2017 Jun; 7(2):227-242.
  12. Farahnik B, Beroukhim K, Nakamura M, Abrouk M, Zhu TH, Singh R, Lee K, Bhutani T, Koo J, Liao W. Use of an oral phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor (apremilast) for the treatment of chronic, severe atopic dermatitis: a case report. Dermatol Online J. 2017 May 15; 23(5).
  13. Ahn RS, Taravati K, Lai K, Lee KM, Nititham J, Gupta R, Chang DS, Arron ST, Rosenblum M, Liao W. Transcriptional landscape of epithelial and immune cell populations revealed through FACS-seq of healthy human skin. Sci Rep. 2017 May 02; 7(1):1343.
  14. Chaudhari S, Leon A, Levin E, Neuhaus I, Liao W. Case Report of Multiple Keratoacanthomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas in a Patient Receiving Pembrolizumab. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017 May 01; 16(5):513-515.
  15. Yan D, Issa N, Afifi L, Jeon C, Chang HW, Liao W. The Role of the Skin and Gut Microbiome in Psoriatic Disease. Curr Dermatol Rep. 2017 Jun; 6(2):94-103.
  16. Singh RK, Chang HW, Yan D, Lee KM, Ucmak D, Wong K, Abrouk M, Farahnik B, Nakamura M, Zhu TH, Bhutani T, Liao W. Influence of diet on the gut microbiome and implications for human health. J Transl Med. 2017 Apr 08; 15(1):73.
  17. Wu JJ, Gilbert KE, Batech M, Manalo IF, Towner WJ, Raposo RA, Nixon DF, Liao W. Examining HIV Viral Load in a Matched Cohort of HIV Positive Individuals With and Without Psoriasis. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017 Apr 01; 16(4):372-377.
  18. Yan D, Afifi L, Jeon C, Trivedi M, Chang HW, Lee K, Liao W. The metabolomics of psoriatic disease. Psoriasis (Auckl). 2017; 7:1-15.
  19. Nosrati A, Afifi L, Danesh MJ, Lee K, Yan D, Beroukhim K, Ahn R, Liao W. Dietary modifications in atopic dermatitis: patient-reported outcomes. J Dermatolog Treat. 2017 Sep; 28(6):523-538.
  20. Cordoro KM, Ucmak D, Hitraya-Low M, Rosenblum MD, Liao W. Response to Interleukin (IL)-17 Inhibition in an Adolescent With Severe Manifestations of IL-36 Receptor Antagonist Deficiency (DITRA). JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Jan 01; 153(1):106-108.

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