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Medical Expert - John H. Stewart IV, MD

Area of Expertise: Melanoma, Breast and Gastrointestinal Cancer - Minority Health
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John H. Stewart IV, MD

Associate Professor, General Surgery, Comprehensive Cancer Institute,
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Innovation

Dr. Stewart is one of eight faculty members of the Surgical Oncology Service and he is currently the vice chair for Academic Affairs in the Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Surgery. In July 2013, he was named Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Innovation and oversees the Clinical Trials Office (CTO), with a focus on optimizing the environment for the performance of clinical trials at Wake Forest and facilitating clinical research collaborations with industry to promote Wake Forest Baptist Health as a preferred site for clinical trials. 

He joined the faculty at Wake Forest after completing his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and fellowships in surgical oncology, tumor immunology and molecular oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Since his arrival, he has established a national profile as a leader in education, scientific research, and the delivery of cancer care to underserved populations. 

His current clinical interests are in general surgical oncology with a focus on melanoma as well as breast, gastrointestinal, and peritoneal surface malignancies.  In addition, he is the founding director of the Tumor Immunotherapy Program, which seeks to apply the principles of tumor immunotherapy to the treatment of a variety of malignancies including melanoma, breast, colon and kidney cancers.  Best Doctors, Top Doctors, and Top Surgeons have recognized Dr. Stewart for his achievements in patient care. 

Dr. Stewart directs the Surgical Oncology Research Laboratory which focuses on the induction of cell death in cancer cells. Both the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have funded his research efforts on cancer-killing viruses. He has published his research in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Cancer, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Journal of Immunotherapy, Annals of Surgical Oncology, the Journal of Surgical Research, American Journal of Surgery and Transplantation, Surgery, and Cancer Gene Therapy. 


Minority Health, Gastrointestinal Oncology Surgery, Breast Cancer Surgery, Melanoma
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