Wayne Liebhard (born November 10, 1956) is an American physician, author, musician, and composer.
He is the author of “Elephants in the Exam Room: The Seven Things You Need to Know About Today’s Health Care ‘Crisis’” (published 2007) and “Elephants in the Exam Room: The Big-Picture Solution to Today’s Health Care ‘Crisis’” (published 2009). In 2016, he released his first novel, “The Vortex Effect”. His second novel, “Remember My Face”, is completed and is expected to be released in 2018.
In 2012, he wrote and produced Here – In Flyover Country, an eclectic album of rock, country, blues, and Christmas music recorded and released by his musical group, the Solid Gold Band. He has also written and produced music videos for the band – one of the longest continually-active rock bands in Minnesota. Liebhard has written music for the band’s second album, I Like Livin’ Here, and for his first solo album, Reflections. Both are expected to be released in 2018.
Liebhard was born the middle of nine children in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, where the family ran a cash crop and dairy farm. Early on, he showed an interest and aptitude in music, gigging with a rock band in local bars at age 13; playing guitar Masses at his church; and taking advantage of every musical opportunity at his high school – where his music theory group wrote and performed an original musical. He also participated in summer stock and community theatre.
Liebhard attended St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) and graduated after five semesters with degrees in natural and social sciences, a minor in economics, and a heavy concentration in music. After considering a law degree, a master’s degree in biology, or furthering his musical education, he decided to attend the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was named to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Liebhard spent 20 years practicing family medicine in and near Shakopee, Minnesota before switching to practice in an emergency clinic. As a family physician, he treated thousands of patients annually, including in the practice of obstetrics. His work in the community won him the Minnesota Medical Association’s Community Service Award in 1996, an award given annually to a single physician in the state. For his leadership efforts in medicine and in the community, he has also been named an “Everyday Hero” by Minnesota Magazine, a publication focusing on alumni of the University of Minnesota.
Liebhard has written regularly for Minnesota Physician magazine since the early 1990s, shedding light on the continuing issues plaguing medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. His writings advocate for returning control of medical care to the doctor-patient level. His “Elephants in the Exam Room” books won numerous national awards, including being named winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in “Current Events/ Social Change.” (This program is considered by the book industry to be to books what “Sundance” is to films.) These writings spurred him on to lecturing regularly about the proper delivery of medical care,
Liebhard continued the medical theme in his recent suspense novel “The Vortex Effect”, which also delves into the Minnesota music scene and current socio-political issues. New York Times best-selling author and Oscar winner Elinor Burkett endorsed the book as “intelligent, compelling, and fun.” Liebhard has also written for other periodicals, including Mustang Monthly magazine.
Liebhard continues to perform with, and write music for, the Solid Gold Band – a group that he joined in 1975. In 2012, the band released its first music video, “(A Doctor Sings) The Obamacare Blues”.
The music from the band’s award-winning album, Here – In Flyover Country, was recorded in analog specifically to emulate the Sun Studio style of early rock pioneers. One of its tracks – a whimsical Christmas tune entitled “I Want You To Unwrap Me” – was used as the basis for the band’s second music video. The song itself has been honored by two awards programs, the Great American Song and Song Of The Year.
Liebhard and his wife Joy have two adult children. They enjoy cooking, gardening, and exhibiting their creations at county fairs. Wayne is a long-time Ford Mustang fanatic and has been said to possess the “world’s best collection” of early Mustang accessories.