David Steward, MD

Associate Dean for Community and Health and Service, Internist
Internal Medicine

    About me



    Education & training

    Department of Internal Medicine
    Vice Chair for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
    Board Certifications
    Internal Medicine
    Medical School
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA - 1972 - 1975
    SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL - Internal Medicine - 1975-1978


    Research Interests
    General Internal Medicine, Preventive Care, Complex/Multisystem Medical Conditions


    Steward DE, Marcy ML. Evaluation of Physical Exam Skills Using Simulated Patients. Proceedings of the Symposium on Teaching Internal Medicine. March, 1983.

    Williams RG, Barrows HS, Vu NV, Verhulst SJ, Colliver JA, Marcy M, Steward DE. Direct Standardized Assessment of Clinical Competence.  Medical Education. 1987; 21:482–489.

    Distlehorst L, Dawson-Saunders B, Myers A, Steward DE. “Using ICM Performance Measures as Predictors of Clinical Competence” in International Conference Proceedings. Further Developments in Assessing Clinical Competence. Ottawa Conference on Clinical Competence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 1987.

    Dawson-Saunders B, Verhulst SJ, Marcy M, Steward DE. “Variability in Standardized Patients and its Effect on Student Performance” in International Conference Proceedings. Further Developments in Assessing Clinical Competence. Ottawa Conference on Clinical Competence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. June, 1987.

    Williams RG, Barrows HS, Vu NV, Verhulst SJ, Colliver JA, Marcy ML, Steward DE. “Direct, standardized assessment of clinical competence.” Medical Education. November, 1987. 21:482–489.

    Vu NV, Steward DE, ML Marcy. “An assessment of the consistency and accuracy of standardized patients’ simulations.” J Med Educ 1987; 62 (12): 1000–1002.

    NV Vu, PA Lee, Steward DE. “Variant accuracy in methods of assessing clinical performance.” Proceedings Third International Conference Teaching and Assessing Clinical Competence. May, 1989: 190–194.

    Dawson-Saunders B, Feltovich PJ, Coulson RL, Steward DE. “A survey of medical school teachers to identify basic biomedical concepts medical students should understand.” Academic Medicine. 1990; 65, 7: 448–454.

    Colliver JA, Morrison LJ, Markwell SJ, Verhulst SJ, Steward DE, Dawson-Saunders B, Barrows HS. Three studies of the effect of multiple standardized patients on intercase reliability of five standardized-patient examinations. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. Spring 1991; 3(1): 15–19.

    Colliver JA, Markwell SJ, Marcy ML Steward DE. “Effect of repeated simulations by standardized patients on intercase reliability.” Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 1991; 3(1): 15–19.

    Steward DE. “Changing how physicians think:  a clinician’s commentary on “formal decision supports in medical practice and education” Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 1991; 3; 2: 71–73.

    Steward DE. “Moving medical education out of the hospital”. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. (Also editor of special section on Teaching in Ambulatory Settings) 1993; 5; 4:192.

    Braunwald E, Antman EM, Beasley JW, Califf RM, Cheitlin MD, Hochman JS, Jones RH, Kereiakes D, Kupersmith J, Levin TN, Pepine CJ, Schaeffer JW, Smith EE, Steward DE, Theroux P. “ACC/AHA guidelines for the management of patients with unstable angina non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: a report of the American College of Cardiology/ American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines, executive summary and recommendations.” (Committee on the Management of Patients With Unstable Angina), J Am College Cardiology  2000; 35 (3):970-1062.

    Steward DE, Khardori R. “An avoidable cause of false home glucose measurements,” Letter to the Editor, Diabetes Care, 2001 Apr; 24 (4) 794.

    Steward DE. “The internal medicine workforce, international medical graduates, and medical school Departments of Medicine”. American Journal of Medicine. Am J Med 2003 Jul; 115(1) 80-4.

    Steward DE. “A proposal to enhance the disclosure of potential conflict of interest for continuing medical education events”, Teaching and Learning in Medicine. Nov 2003; 15 (4).

    Mueller-Luckey GS, Zahnd WE, Garner K, Heitkamp R, Boehler MD, Jenknis WD, Steward DE. The Mini-Report: A practical tool to address lung cancer disparities in rural communities. J Cancer Educ. 2015Oct 6. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26439920.

    Zahnd WE, Rogers V, Smith T, Ryherd SJ, Botchway A, Steward DE. The gender-specific relationship between socioeconomic disadvantage and obesity in elementary school students. Prev Med. 2015; 81:138-141, PMID:26348456.


    Garner K, Shen T, Steward D. Cancer in Downstate Illinois, 1990-2009. Epidemiologic Report Series 14:02. Springfield, Ill.: Illinois Department of Public Health, September 2013.

    Zahnd WE, Mueller GS, Garner K, Jenkins WD, Steward DE. Cancer in Rural Illinois, 1990-2010: Incidence, Mortality, Staging, and Access to Care. Springfield, IL: Center for Clinical Research, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine; April 2014. Available at: http://www.siumed.edu/ccr/sites/default/files/u6/cancer_in_the_rural_illinois_final.pdf.

    Book Chapter

    Steward DE, Feltovich PJ. “Why Residents Should Teach:  The Parallel Processes Teaching and Learning” in Clinical Teaching for Medical Residents, Edwards JC, Marier RL, Editors. Springer Publishing Company, New York, 1988.

    Book Reviews

    Improving the Teaching of Geriatrics: An Interactive Approach for the Clinician. Professional Education Researchers Notes. 1988; 1:11–12.

    A Practical Guide to Clinical Teaching in Medicine. Teaching and Learning in Internal Medicine, 1:176; 1989.




















    5/1/2010-6/30/2011 Steward DE. Sangamon County Colorectal Study; IL Department of Public Health $300,000

    7/1/2010-6/30/2011 Steward DE. Childhood Obesity Study; Blue Cross Blue Shield, IL Division; $50,000

    7/1/2010-6/30/2011 Steward DE. IL Cancer Prevention and Control; IL Department of Public Health: $8,500

    1/1/2011-6/30/2012 Steward, DE. IL Colorectal Cancer Screening Project; IL Department of Public Health $187,500

    7/1/2011-6/30/2014 Steward DE.  Springfield Collaborative for Active Child Health; Blue Cross-Blue Shield of IL; $201,600

    2/1/2012- 1/31/2015 Steward DE. Collaboration to Reduce Lung Cancer Disparities in Southern Illinois Delta; American Cancer Society, IL Division; $249,998

    2/15/2012-2/15/2013 Steward DE. Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department–Overuse Study; Memorial Medical Center Foundation; $73,762

    8/31/2012-12/31/2014 Steward DE. Central IL Colorectal Cancer Screening Research Initiative; American Cancer Society, IL; $150,000

    7/1/2014-6/30/2015 Steward DE.  Springfield Collaborative for Active Child Health; Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois: $60,000

    9/1/2015-8/31/2018 Brard, L, Principal Investigator. 1/2 Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities: An SCC-SIUSM Partnership. National Cancer Institute. Steward, DE. Co-investigator, Training Lead for SIU;$708,658



    2008 Milford Barnes, MD, Award, Outstanding Student, University of Iowa College of Public Health
    2006 Laureate, Downstate Region, Illinois Chapter, American College of Physicians
    2006 Master, American College of Physicians
    2004 Selected to Hood the graduates
    2002 Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Humanism in Medicine Award
    1992 Governor, Illinois Downstate Region ACP-ASIM
    1992 Alpha Omega Alpha
    1991, 1992 Selected to administer the Hippocratic Oath
    1991 Fellow, American College of Physicians
    1987 Outstanding Achievement in Education, SIU School of Medicine
    1978 Barry Breen, M.D. Memorial Award, (Outstanding Third-Year Resident, SIU School of Medicine)




    Clinical trials


    Family healthcare advocate Integrated with medical Specialists to improve cardiometabolic Health (FISH)

    Active recruiting

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of a Family Healthcare Advocate in management of Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension among SIU Medicine Endocrinology patients residing in Springfield, IL zip codes 62702 and 62703.