Research & Publications †
( † Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)
Robert D. Stewart, MD, holds joint appointments with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. He is a staff member in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery within the Heart and Vascular Institute. He is Interim Chair of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, as well as Surgical Director of Congenital Heart Transplantation.
Dr. Stewart is board certified in general surgery, congenital heart surgery, and thoracic surgery. He completed his undergraduate degree in human biology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and he earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. Dr. Stewart also holds a master’s of public health from Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston. His post-graduate training includes a general surgery internship and residency at Deaconess Hospital in Boston; a cardiothoracic surgery research fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; a cardiovascular-thoracic surgery residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago; and a congenital cardiovascular-thoracic surgery fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Stewart is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and the Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society. He has been a guest reviewer for Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Chest, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and Congenital Heart Surgery.
Dr. Stewart has published a number of research articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as having contributed abstracts and presentations at a number of professional association meetings.
His specialty interests include complex neonatal congenital heart surgery, Norwood procedure, heart transplantation, adult congenital heart surgery, Tetralogy of Fallot, surgery for single ventricle hearts, mechanical assist devices for heart failure and arrhythmia surgery.
Fontan procedure, Norwood Procedure, heart transplant, Berlin Heart (LVAD), Tetralogy of Fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, anomalous aortic origin of the coronary artery, arterial switch procedure, ross procedure, transposition of the great vessels
Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.
To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists
receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.
As of 5/31/2016, Dr. Stewart has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias. * Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.