David L. Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., an expert on public health issues including hypertension and diabetes in African-Americans, is the new Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Stewart has served as acting chair of the department since 2003. He also becomes Chief of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
“Dr. Stewart has been a vital part of the School of Medicine community for nearly 20 years and has successfully managed the Department of Family Medicine for the past two-and-a-half years,” says Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “His dedication to patient care, medical education and research makes him the ideal person to guide this very active department. I am confident that Dr. Stewart will successfully lead his faculty and staff in their mission to offer comprehensive primary care to patients of all ages,” adds Dr. Wilson.
“The University of Maryland Department of Family Medicine is a shining example of a program that combines excellent patient care with strong research and medical education. I am looking forward to a future of great achievements with our dedicated team of caregivers, researchers and educators,” says Dr. Stewart. “Our community-based research and outreach programs reflect our commitment to improving the health of our patients as well as improving the lives of all Marylanders.”
Jeffrey A. Rivest, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, says Dr. Stewart is the natural choice to lead family medicine. “As a physician in the University of Maryland Department of Family Medicine for almost two decades, Dr. Stewart has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to his patients and to finding better ways to treat some of the most common chronic illnesses,” Mr. Rivest says.
Dr. Stewart’s research interests include high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related diseases, smoking cessation, health issues of urban families and medical education. He has received many federal and state grants to investigate a range of health concerns including hypertension and rural health care. Since 1992, he has served as the principal investigator for the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Agreement for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Stewart cares for patients at University Family Medicine, where he has been an attending physician since 1987. Dr. Stewart is also involved in the community as a mentor for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and as a member of the state advisory council on high blood pressure and cardiovascular risk factors. He is also the physician advisor to the Community Health Awareness and Monitoring Program, which organizes Baltimore churches to screen members for high blood pressure.
Dr. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowling Green State University in 1978 and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1982. He completed his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1985. He continued his training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health by completing a clinical perspective medicine fellowship and a master’s degree in public health in 1987. That same year, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 1994, Dr. Stewart completed a Health Services Research Fellowship through the Association of American Medical Colleges.
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