HOSPICE PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT JANUARY 2019
Dr. Ada Stewart
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, and practiced as a pharmacist for 10 years before embarking on a career in medicine. She graduated from the Medical College of Ohio, and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Dr. Stewart enlisted in the US Army Reserves and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Stewart last deployed to Kuwait in 2014.
Dr. Stewart is a strong advocate for her patients, her community, and the specialty of family medicine. Since her medical school days, Dr. Stewart has been active in organized medicine, holding numerous leadership positions, and testifying before state legislators and on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Stewart currently is President of the Columbia Medical Society and a Director for the Academy of Family Physicians. She most recently served with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Health of the Public and Science and currently serves on the Policy Committee and the Southeast Steering Committee of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She has served as a delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and as Chair of the AAFP Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee. She is a Past Conveyer of the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC), and has served as a New Physician Delegate to the Congress of Delegates, Co-Convener New Physician and Co-Convener Joint Constituency. She has also served as a resident and student representative on the AAFP Committee on Special Constituencies and resident representative on the AAFP Commission on Public Health.
She also held leadership positions in the American Medical Association as a medical student and Young Physician. She is currently active in the SC Medical Association.
Dr. Stewart is a Past President of the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (SCAFP), and has held numerous leadership positions including Board Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and AAFP Alternate Delegate. She has served as a Delegate to the SC Medical Association House of Delegates.
Dr. Stewart is also a member of the Public Health Committee of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She has been nominated to numerous Presidential Advisory Boards. She serves on the credentials and pharmacy and therapeutic boards of two Medicaid managed care health plans in South Carolina. Dr. Stewart also precepts medical students and nurse practitioner students. She has received awards for her volunteer teaching, including the Student Educator of the Year and the AOA Volunteer Faculty Awards. Dr. Stewart has presented numerous continue medical education (CME) programs and non CME programs such as - “HIV in Primary Care” and “PrEP- Preexposure Prophylaxis”, “Black Women and PrEP – It ‘s Not Just For Men”, in addition to “Hepatitis C in Primary Care” and issues related to Hospice Care. She recently was recognized for her work in addressing hepatitis C epidemic in her community. In addition, she was recognized by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in South Carolina for her contributions to health in her community.
“Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease, working to manage symptoms so that a person’s last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice care is also family-centered – it includes the patient and the family in making decisions”.