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Joe Stewart, M.D.

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; Joe grew up in the great plains of North Dakota; his parents (a doctor and a teacher) raised him and his amazing siblings in the humble and hardy city of Jamestown. He attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota, during which time his love of travel and adventure was unlocked following an impactful five month study abroad experience scouring the globe. After graduation, he worked at an inpatient psychiatric unit, volunteered for a crisis hotline, and served up heaping bowls of pasta on the side while living in Minneapolis. Eventually, he decided to dive into his passion for understanding and helping others by completing a master’s degree in psychology at Pepperdine University. He then went to join the love of his life (and now wife/co-resident!) Courtney in Cambodia, where he studied the country’s mental health system while making a valiant effort to learn Khmer. Together, he and Courtney decided to jettison their career paths and plunge themselves into the art of medicine. After surviving a baptism-by-fire of undergraduate science courses at the Bryn Mawr College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, he and Courtney enrolled at the University of Rochester and thrived under the school’s focus on biopsychosocial medicine. While at Rochester, Joe was active in the student-run free clinic, the school’s Honor Board, and the Global Health and Medical Education Pathways. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society chapters at the University of Rochester. When it comes to issues in medicine, he gets excited about behavioral health, palliative care, communication in health care, teaching, and global health. Outside of medicine, he likes to spend his time plodding along hiking and running trails with Courtney, playing soccer and ice hockey, diversifying his palate for beer, sampling widely from podcasts, and cooking up vegetarian meals. He feels incredibly fortunate to be training with the inspiring faculty and residents at Santa Rosa!

Alumni Year: 2019