Department of OBGYN

Rui Liang, MD

  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Magee Womens Research Institute, 2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioengineering, Musculoskeletal Research Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • SASAKAWA Medical Fellowhip, Obstetrics and Gynecology, First Hospital University of Tokyo, Japan, 2001
  • Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Second Hospital/Xi'an Medical University, China, 1998
  • M.D./M.S., Xi'an Medical University, China, 1995

Representative Publications

1.    Liang R, Knight K, Barone W, Powers R, Nolfi A, Palcsey S, Abramowitch S, Moalli P.  Extracellular matrix graft attenuates negative impact of polypropylene prolapse mesh on vagina in rhesus macaque. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Feb; 216(2):153.e1-153.e9. PubMed PMID: 27615441.
2.    Liang R, Knight K, Abramowitch S, Moalli P. Exploring the basic science of prolapse meshes. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Oct; 28(5):413-9.  PubMed PMID: 27517341.
3.    Nolfi AL, Brown BN, Liang R, Palcsey SL, Bonidie MJ, Abramowitch SD, Moalli PA. Host response to synthetic mesh in women with mesh complications. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Aug; 215(2):206.e1-8. PubMed PMID: 27094962.
4.    Liang R. Knight K, Nolfi A, Abramowitch S, Moalli P. Differential Effects of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators on the Vagina and Its Supportive Tissue. Menopause. 2016 Feb, 23(2):129-37.  PubMed PMID: 26382313
5.    Jallah Z, Liang R, Feola A, Barone W, Palcsey S, Yoshimura N, Abramowitch S, Moalli P. Impact of Prolapse Mesh on Vaginal Smooth Muscle Function. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2016 Jun; 123(7):1076-85. PubMed PMID: 26301457
6.    Liang R, Yang G, Kim K, D'Amore A, Pickering A, Zhang C, Woo S. Positive effects of an ECM hydrogel on rat ACL fibroblast proliferation and collagen mRNA Expression. Journal of Orthopaedic Translation. 2015, 3(3), 114-22.
7.    Brown BN, Mani D, Nolfi AL, Liang R, Abramowitch S, Moalli PA. Characterization of the host inflammatory response following implantation of prolapse mesh in rhesus macaque. American Journal Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2015 Nov; 213(5):668.e1-10. PubMed PMID: 26259906.
8.    Liang R, Zong W, Palcsey S, Abramowitch S, Moalli P. Impact of prolapse meshes on the metabolism of vaginal extracellular matrix in rhesus macaque. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2015 Feb; 212(2):174.e1-7. PubMed PMID: 25128444. 
9.    Liang R, Abramowitch S, Knight K, Palcsey S, Nolfi A, Stein S, Feola A, Moalli P. Vaginal degeneration following implantation of synthetic mesh with increased stiffness. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2013 Jan, 120(2):233-43. PubMed PMID: 23240802


Clinical Interests/Research Interests

  • Pathogenesis of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
  • Comprehensive evaluation of prolapse meshes
  • Exploration of the application of regenerative grafts derived from extracellular matrix in prolapse surgeries
  • Roles of hormone and hormone analogues in the remodeling of pelvic supportive connective tissue: significance on the development of prolapse