Title: Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Company: University of Missouri at Kansas City
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
James R. Stewart, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in thoracic surgery.
Since his formative years, Dr. Stewart was certain that he wanted to become a medical professional. As a college student, he conducted research with a friend whose father was a thoracic surgeon, which is where his interest in the discipline was born. From there he continued to shadow thoracic surgeons before becoming one himself. Dr. Stewart graduated from DePauw University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and Spanish. He then went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado. Furthermore, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Stewart has since been certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
At the inception of his career, Dr. Stewart worked as a surgeon with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, achieving tenure in 1994. In addition, he had dedicated numerous years of his career to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. Today, Dr. Stewart currently excels as the chief of thoracic surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Simultaneously, he trained at Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt and was involved in educating general surgery residents and medical students – a feat he is particularly proud to have done.
For his accomplishments in the field, Dr. Stewart has been named one of the Top Cardiothoracic Surgeons in the Country in 2006. Likewise, Dr. Stewart has been presented awards from the University of Colorado, John Hopkins Hospital and Virginia Surgical Society, among others. Dr. Stewart attributes his professional success to the support and love of his patients. In an effort to remain aware of changes in the field, he maintains his professional affiliation with the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Western Thoracic Surgical Association and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Looking toward the future, Dr. Stewart plans to retire in the coming years. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, golfing and biking.
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