Serena Liebengood, MD, MHSA, Principal

Serena Liebengood, MD, MHSA, Principal

Dr. Liebengood is the principal of The Howard C. Liebengood Foundation (HCLF). She is the widow of the late Howard “Howie” Liebengood.

In the aftermath of the events on insurrection and Howie’s passing, Dr. Liebengood sought to increase the awareness of the psychological impact of policing and ensure the accessibility culturally competent resources to law enforcement officers impacted by the traumatic events. It soon became apparent to her that despite the increased emphasis of health and wellness in the law enforcement community in general, invaluable opportunities exists to improve workplace health, access to culturally competent health services and law enforcement health outcomes.

Thus began Dr. Liebengood’s effort to improve law enforcement officer health and wellness across the continuum- from the workplace to the healthcare delivery system.

Dr. Liebengood completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University and graduate studies in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.  She attended medical school and completed residency training at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Thereafter, she completed a cross-sectional imaging fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a junior faculty member, she also completed the Patient Safety Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Medicine, Armstrong Institute’s Leadership Program in Quality and Safety.

Since 2011, she has been a faculty member of Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology and now works a clinical faculty member for the National Capital Region (NCR) Division. Her areas of specialty include thoracic and oncological imaging. In addition to her clinical focus as a body imager, Dr. Liebengood has an interest in quality and safety.  For three years, she served as the NCR Section Head of Ultrasound as well as Clinical Director of Ultrasound and Vascular Imaging at Sibley Hospital.

Over the past 3 years, Dr. Liebengood has dedicated her time and attention to honoring the legacy of her late husband, Howie. In addition to the foundation, she established the Howie Liebengood Memorial Scholarship Endowment at his alma mater, Purdue University. She also played a key role in the passage of federal legislation which amended the Public Safety Officers Benefits Act to include suicides, directly connected to traumatic workplace events, as line of duty deaths.