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Infectious disease expert leads Ellis doctors amid pandemic

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

SCHENECTADY — During the dangerous and hugely disruptive COVID-19 pandemic, Ellis Medicine is in the fortuitous position of having a chief medical officer who has been fighting germs for a third of a century.

Dr. David Liebers joined Ellis Hospital in 1987 as an infectious disease specialist and still retains a small caseload today despite his administrative duties and his teaching role at Albany Medical Center.

A dozen Capital Region hospitals formed a partnership in mid-March to face the crisis as a team. When the leaders gather to update the news media on the situation, they defer technical questions to Liebers. His knowledge and experience are valuable, and they are in short supply, for not many young doctors choose infectious diseases as their career path.

It’s among the lowest-paid specialties and one of the less glamorous, underappreciated until all of a sudden it’s really important.

Liebers was born in Brooklyn, lived in the Bronx as a young child and moved to Schenectady when he was 5. He’s now 63 and a Niskayuna resident; he and his wife, Bonnie, have three grown children.

At Ellis Medicine, he is also vice president of quality services/medical affairs and previously was chief of staff.

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