William Lian, MD


William Lian, MD

“The word patient comes from the Latin word patiens, which means “one who suffers.” In some ways, we are all patients, navigating our way through the obstacles of life. I chose to become a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician because I truly enjoy working with individuals to improve their function and quality of life.”


MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

BS (summa cum laude) in Biology and Chemistry, Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX


Interventional Spine & Musculoskeletal Medicine, Desert Spine & Sports Physicians

Board Certifications:

American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (anticipated in 2022)



  • Highest UTSW PM&R Resident SAE Score Award, June 2021
  • Kowalske Outstanding Medical Student in PM&R Award, May 2017
  • Guinness World Records for “The Fastest Time to Climb Everest on an Indoor Climbing Wall (Team)” and “Greatest Vertical Distance Climbed in 6 Hours by a Team”, January 2013

Research and Publications

  • Ahmadian A, Lian W, Nguyen J, Bittusi U, Kennington J, Gul F, Juengst SB, Bell KR. Depression and sex effects on opioid use during acute inpatient rehabilitation: a retrospective study. Submitted to the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Vu K, Lian W, Kasitinon D, Annaswamy T. Knee Osteoarthritis. PM&R Knowledge Now article. December 8, 2019.

Patient Testimonials

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We are here for you at DSSP. We continue to offer Telehealth visits in addition to in-office appointments for evaluation and management of your pain complaints. In accordance with the new CDC guidelines regarding indoor mask use being optional based on the COVID-19 community level in Maricopa, it is now optional to wear a mask at DSSP. If you are sick, at-risk, or live with an at-risk individual, we encourage you to wear a mask. Additionally, if any patient prefers their provider to wear a mask, we will gladly continue wearing our masks during your in-person appointment.