Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans is the state’s academic health leader, educating Louisiana’s healthcare professionals. LSUHSC comprises a School of Medicine, the state’s only School of Dentistry, Louisiana’s only public School of Public Health, and Schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. LSUHSC faculty cares for patients in public and private hospitals, and clinics throughout the region. At the forefront of biosciences research, the LSUHSC research enterprise generates many jobs and an enormous economic impact. LSUHSC faculty members have and continue to make lifesaving discoveries that advance treatment and cure disease.
The LSUHSC Viruses and Cancer Group received coveted admission to the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) funded by the National Cancer Institute. This consortium develops state-of-the-art cancer treatment and makes it available for patients with diagnoses that require special care such as HIV-AIDS and various cancers. The LSUHSC Viruses and Cancer Group is the only member of the AMC in the South.
LSUHSC Cancer Center researchers have successfully submitted two significant patents. Both of these patents have been favorably evaluated for funding at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. John Stewart IV is the founding director of the Louisiana State University-Louisiana Children’s Medical Center Cancer Center. He also holds the rank of professor of surgery at the Louisiana State University New Orleans School of Medicine. Under his leadership, Dr. Stewart sets the overall mission, vision and direction for multidisciplinary cancer care and cancer clinical research programs for LSU Health New Orleans and LCMC Health. Before he arrived at LSU, Dr. Stewart served as the deputy director for the University of Illinois Cancer Center and physician executive for oncology services for the University of Illinois Health System. He was also a member of the initial class of Presidential Scholars for the University of Illinois. Dr. Stewart’s previous leadership roles include serving as the chief of surgery at the Durham VAMC, vice-chair in the Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Surgery, and associate dean for clinical research and innovation at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Stewart received his medical degree from Howard University and completed his general surgery residency at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He completed fellowships in surgical oncology, tumor immunology, and molecular oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Stewart has established a national profile in education, scientific research, and cancer care delivery to underserved populations. His clinical interests are in general surgical oncology, focusing on melanoma, tumor immunotherapy, and peritoneal surface malignancies. Dr. Stewart serves as a director for the American Board of Surgery, the chair of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for General Surgery, and a member of the Halsted Society Board of Directors. Best Doctors, Top Doctors, and Top Surgeons have recognized Dr. Stewart for his patient care achievements. In addition, the National Cancer Institute, Amgen, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have funded his research efforts. He has published over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, including Cancer, Annals of Surgery, JAMA Surgery, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Journal of Immunotherapy, Annals of Surgical Oncology, the Journal of Surgical Research, Transplantation, Surgery, and Cancer Gene Therapy.