News from the Department of Surgery
The School of Medicine and the Department of Surgery are delighted to announce the appointment of Ronald M. Stewart, MD, to the position of Chair of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Stewart, Professor of Surgery and Anesthesia, has served admirably as the Interim Chair for Surgery since October of 2008, and will continue to bring his experience, energy, and talents to the Department and to the School.
Dr. Stewart received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1981, and his M.D. from our own School of Medicine in 1985. He completed his residency in surgery in San Antonio, followed by fellowships in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Dr. Stewart was recruited back to San Antonio where he has served as the Fellowship Program Director for Surgical Critical Care, the Trauma Medical Director for University Health System and the Trauma Division Chief for the Department of Surgery. He currently holds the Jocelyn and Joe Straus Endowed Chair in Trauma Research.
During medical school, Dr. Stewart received the Paul Cutler Award for Clinical Excellence and was chosen as the class Alpha Omega Alpha Chapter President. In addition to his board certification, Dr. Stewart has added qualification in Surgical Critical Care. He was the University Health System Physician of the Year in 2007 and the University Hospital Shining Star in 2006. In 2007, Dr. Stewart was also given the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. He was the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Medicine. He has been listed in Best Doctors in America from 2007–2010. The 2010 Graduating Chief Residents awarded Dr. Stewart the Outstanding Surgery Faculty Mentor Prize.
Dr. Stewart was appointed after an extensive internal search chaired by Dr. Thomas Mayes. I thank the members of the search committee and Dr. Mayes for their thorough and precise approach to this important task. At the same time, I also want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Stewart for his enthusiastic support of the Department of Surgery during this long interim period, which was prolonged by the Dean's search. His outstanding dedication and commitment has been of much value to the School and to the University.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Stewart on his appointment and in thanking him for his service. We look forward to many productive years for the Department of Surgery.
Francisco González-Scarano, MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice-President for Medical Affairs
John P. Howe, III, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Health Policy
Professor of Neurology
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