John Baxter Liebler, MD, FACC

John Liebler

Title: Physician

Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States

John Liebler, Physician, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in internal medicine, cardiology and education.

After decades of dedicated work, Dr. Liebler retired from his work as a physician in 2014. For a large part of his career, he worked at his own private practice, specializing in cardiology and internal medicine. In addition to his private practice, he was affiliated with the Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida. This institution is a 218-bed acute care facility, and he provided his skills and services as chairman of the board and chief of staff. Knowing the value of education, Dr. Liebler helped illuminate the pathway for future medical professionals as a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami.

After graduating Avon Old Farms School for Middle and High School as the Chief Justice of the Student Court in 1938, he received the Order of Old Farms, an accolade bestowed on students for their academic achievements and character. He continued his academic pursuits at Harvard University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in biochemical science in 1942. From there, he earned a Doctor of Medicine at Temple University. He completed this degree in just three years on an inactive U.S. Army commission. He complimented this educational achievement with an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, and then served at the Beacon VA TB Hospital, where he advanced to captain and served to chief resident in cardiology at the Brooklyn VA Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Honorably discharged from the military in 1948, Dr. Liebler then completed residency work in pathology, pulmonary medicine, internal medicine and cardiology, as well as a research fellowship, before becoming board certified in internal medicine.

Additional achievements in Dr. Liebler’s career include his work in developing and publishing a method for testing patients’ lungs separately, which better guided surgeons while treating patients with lung disease, and a procedure for filtering fluid in the kidneys that was a precurser to kidney dialysis. He also developed and published a method for draining fluid from the abdomen. Well-known in his community, Dr. Liebler was instrumental in the formation of one of the very first emergency fire rescue programs in the United States in the city of Miami, which was a huge success and was seen on local television for his expertise in a 15-minute television show on medical matters. His expertise was also utilized in numerous publications and journals as he had covered topics ranging from surgical procedures, infections and multiple salmonella types to writing about the relationship of fatty liver disease and cirrhosis throughout his career.

Prior to his passing in February 2020, Dr. Liebler enjoyed spending time with his family, including his wife Carol, his three sons, daughter, his brother and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was elected by his peers as a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and was also recognized with various awards and honors from the Dade County Medical Society, the Brevard County Medical Society and the Indian River County Medical Society.

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