Dr. David Steward Named to Community Service Post at SIU School of Medicine


August 20, 2013

Dr. David Steward Named to Community Service Post at SIU School of Medicine

David E. Steward, M.D., M.P.H., has been named associate dean of community health and service at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Steward will lead a new Office of Community Health and Service, which will organize and oversee the School’s community service work in Springfield and throughout central and southern Illinois.

Steward has been professor at SIU since 1993 and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine since 1996.

“Dr. Steward is well qualified to build the School’s community outreach partnerships to benefit our service region. His familiarity with clinical care will make him a strong advocate for patients and attuned to the rapidly changing health-care environment,” said Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost of SIU School of Medicine. “The research he has conducted on regional and local impacts of different cancers, children’s health and childhood obesity also make him eminently suited for this position.”

Steward is a past-president of the Association of Professors of Medicine, former Governor of the Illinois Downstate Region of the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) and former chair of the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois. His community service includes work with the Springfield Association for Retarded Citizens (SPARC) Board of Directors, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Comprehensive Cancer Control Executive Committee, IDPH Chronic Disease Task Force and St. John’s Community Benefit Committee.

Steward came to SIU in 1975 as a resident in internal medicine and finished his three-year residency as chief resident (1978). He earned his medical and bachelor’s degrees at the University of Iowa at Iowa City (1975, 1972), where he also earned his master’s degree in public health in 2008.

Steward is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Federation of Medical Research, American Public Health Association, Illinois Rural Health Association, Sangamon County Medical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has had several articles published in national medical journals. He received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award in 2002.

A native of Grand Mound, Iowa, Steward and his wife, Dr. Regina Kovach, an SIU physician and professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine, have three children, Megan, Tyler and Laura.

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SIU, 217-545-3854

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