Growing up in the borough in the 1950s, he saw it evolve from “the lesser” sibling of the other boroughs into what it is today: a diverse place full of opportunities.
He served as president of New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, a position he held for two years. Liebowitz was then appointed vice chancellor of St. George’s University in Grenada in September 2018.
In addition to previously serving as president of NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Liebowitz also held the position of senior vice president and chief medical officer at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Center.
His experience has allowed him to understand what hospitals are looking for in terms of the ideal candidate for residency programs.
“What it has helped me do is work with our faculty and our dean,” Liebowitz said, “to understand what we can do to understand what it takes.”
Over the past four years, more than 450 graduates from St. George’s University have begun their residencies in Brooklyn. This year alone, 126 medical school graduates were matched with nine different hospitals in the borough.
“You don’t need to sell Brooklyn to anybody these days,” Liebowitz said. “The great part is they’re going to get a great education there.”
Many graduates are native New Yorkers who have returned to their city during the COVID-19 crisis. Liebowitz said one of the biggest needs that the pandemic has highlighted is the need to train more doctors.
He noted that St. George’s University graduates are much more likely to go into primary care specialties, and work in areas with tremendous need.
“There’s a shortage of primary care physicians in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx,” Liebowitz said.