Vivian Liu, MD, FAAP, Owner
“Sick kids usually aren’t as whiny as sick adults!”
1200 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 202 in Manhattan Beach | 310-335-1411
Pediatrician Vivian Liu, MD, has been practicing medicine for 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She has been in the South Bay area since 1995 and moved to Manhattan Beach in 1997. After one year of part-time work in public and private clinics, she joined a group practice and left in 2002 to start her own practice.
Was there a defining moment in your career that guided you to where you are now?
“In medical school, I loved the surgical world, but sick adults just are not as fun to work with as sick children! In residency training, I enjoyed the pediatric ICU, hematology/oncology and emergency medicine departments at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. However, taking care of critically ill patients is emotionally draining. Primary care pediatrics has allowed me to form long-term relationships with families/children, and that has been rewarding.”
Tell us about the staff at your practice.
“Our nurse, Carmen, a former NICU nurse from Torrance Memorial Hospital, has been with me for more than 10 years. Parents find her advice helpful and practical; she is a mother of four. Office manager, Isolda, is the `rock’ at the office. She is a bright multi-tasker who is always helpful with the parents, whether it is insurance issues, appointments, information about the practice or patient management. Our medical assistant, Vanessa, is sweet and helpful with the front and back office.”
What do you like to do for fun, when you’re not at work?
“I like to spend time with my family: my husband, Dr. Clark Fuller, and my two sons, Charlie (age 10) and David (age 4). We love to go to the beach. Charlie and `Coach’ Fuller are busy nine months out of the year with BCS Flag Football, so David and I spend a lot of time cheering the team. I have many patients that play in this league, so it’s fun to see them compete with/against each other.”
What’s most rewarding about your work?
“Being a part of a child’s life, watching them go through different stages, helping the parents with family dynamics. It’s about helping children and reassuring parents that a lot of what may be going on is normal stuff that happens all the time.”