Dr. Joe Liewer is Awarded the Briar Cliff University Medal

May 12, 2024

(Sioux City, Iowa – May 11, 2024) Dr. Joe Liewer is a 1987 Briar Cliff alumnus with a degree in biology and chemistry. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1992 and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Sheila Liewer is a 1988 Briar Cliff alumnae with a degree in natural science. She graduated magna cum laude. 

The Liewers met at Briar Cliff and have been long time supporters since. They have supported Briar Cliff’s annual scholarship fund, which financially helps future and current students. They also supported the Heelan Hall learning addition. 

Dr. Liewer has served as an emergency physician in Siouxland since 1995 and was the 2022 recipient of the Dr. George G. Spellman Annual Service Award by MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center Foundation. This award is named after the late Dr. George Spellman, a longtime Sioux City physician, and it recognizes community members or groups who generously give their time, talent, and treasure.  He has served as the Medical Staff President at MercyOne Siouxland and on the Board of Trustees of Briar Cliff University. 

Sheila worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Research Lab after graduation and then has been blessed to devote her time and talent to her children. 

The Liewers have five children: Sarah, Samuel, Emma, Jacob, and Isaac and are grateful that they all have been able to receive an education at catholic schools. They enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors. They are described as humble, dedicated, patient, compassionate, respectful, and giving. 

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