Steward has been acting chair since February 1995. He joined the School's faculty in 1979 as an assistant professor and was later promoted to associate professor and professor (1988, 1993). He was named chief of the department's general medicine division in 1986 and its residency program director in 1990.
Steward earned bachelor's and medical degrees at the University of Iowa, Iowa City (1972, 1975) and completed his internal medicine residency at SIU (1978).
He is certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a member of Society for General Internal Medicine, the Society for Medical Decision Making, the American Society of Internal Medicine, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) and Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary society. His community service included the Association for Retarded Citizens Board of Directors and VISTA Health Advisory Committee.
Steward has served on various national committees including the American Association of American Medical Colleges' Research in Medical Education (RIME) Committee, the National Board of Medical Examiners' Prototype Clinical Skills Examination Committee, and ADPIM's Membership Services Committee. He has made various national presentations, published numerous journal articles and is a reviewer for "Teaching and Learning in Medicine" journal.
A native of Grand Mound, Iowa, Steward is married to Dr. Regina Kovach, an assistant professor of internal medicine at SIU. He has two children, Megan and Tyler.