SEATTLE — March 9, 2018 — The award was presented at the magazine’s ninth annual Leaders in Health Care Awards event, held in Seattle at Bell Harbor Convention Center on March 1.
Nominations were submitted by representatives of health care institutions, companies, facilities and organizations from all across Washington. The winners, chosen by a panel of expert judges, are individuals and institutions leading the charge to improve Washington's world-class health care sector. The Outstanding Medical Director award recognizes a medical director or chief medical officer who has distinguished himself or herself as a leader in a hospital, medical group or insurance company.
Dr. Stewart’s expertise is in hematology oncology. His research interests focus on stem cell biology, cellular immunotherapy approaches to a variety of different diseases and clinical studies in other general oncology areas including head and neck cancer, germ cell cancers, and hematologic malignancies. In addition to serving as the medical director, senior vice president and attending physician at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Dr. Stewart is an attending physician at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, VA Puget Sound Medical Center and Northwest Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Stewart is on the national board of directors for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world’s leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Dr. Stewart serves on the NCCN’s Executive Committee, acts as the Best Practices Committee Co-Chair and is also on the Guidelines Steering Committee.
It was through his work on NCCN’s Best Practices Committee, that Dr. Stewart helped champion a national patient safety campaign around the correct use and administration of the immunotherapy drug, vincristine. The initiative, Just Bag It: The NCCN Campaign for Safe Vincristine Handling encourages healthcare providers to always dilute and administer the medication vincristine in a mini IV-drip bag, helping providers to avoid compromising the health of patients.
Additional SCCA affiliated awards recipients at Seattle Business magazine Health Care Leaders awards event on Thursday night included Carlos Pellegrini, MD, Chief Medical Officer – UW Medicine; VP Medical Affairs at University of WA who earned a Lifetime Achievement award; Timothy Dellit, MD, president, University of Washington Physicians, who earned at gold Outstanding Medical Group Executive award; Peter Rutherford, MD, CEO of Confluence Health in Wenatchee, who earned a gold Outstanding Medical Center/Hospital Executive, Outside Puget Sound award; Eric Lewis, MD, who earned a silver Outstanding Medical Center/Hospital Executive, Outside Puget Sound award; EvergreenHealth, which earned a Washington Health Alliance Patient Experience award, and Philip Greenberg, MD, Member & Head, Program in Immunology, Clinical Research Division, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who earned a gold Achievement in Medical Research award. View a complete list of winners.
Dr. Stewart joined Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in 2000 as the medical director and senior vice president where he oversees clinical care, conducts quality monitoring of medical practice, and is responsible for SCCA outpatient clinics. He is a member of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutch; an acting division head of Medical Oncology at the University of Washington, and a professor in the Medical Oncology Division of the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine.
Fred Hutch Media Team