William James Stewart, M.D., has been a staff physician in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic since 1984. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography, giving him the titles of F.A.C.C. and F.A.S.E. Dr. Stewart is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine and Echocardiography. His specialty interests include valvular heart disease, mitral valve repair, aortic valve repair, clinical cardiology, Doppler echocardiography, hemodynamic research, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), intraoperative echocardiography, and echo guidance of transcatheter (percutaneous) valve procedures.
A native of Cleveland and graduate of Brush High School (Lyndhurst), he did undergraduate studies at Harvard, graduating Cum Laude. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and did his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Michigan. After a cardiology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center; he did a two year Cardiac Imaging Research and Clinical fellowship at Harvard Med School's Massachusetts General Hospital.
An expert on heart valve problems, William J. Stewart, M.D. has helped thousands decide on the optimum timing for surgery/repair of valve disease; including regurgitation or stenosis, of the mitral and/or the aortic valve. He is a reviewer for Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, Heart, and Echocardiography.
Dr. Stewart is also an expert in cardiac imaging, and has written board questions for the National Board of Echocardiography, the certifying body for fellowship in this field. For the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), he has served one term as Treasurer, and twice on the Board of Directors, and many years on the Intraoperative Echocardiography Council. He is on the writing committee for the Partner Trial studying Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and coauthored the recently published guidelines for TEE.
Dr. William Stewart has published over 180 scientific articles in leading medical journals on his specialty interests and research. He has authored 35 chapters in medical textbooks, related mostly to treatment of valvular heart disease and its diagnosis with echocardiography.
As a Professor of Medicine (since 2008) on the faculty at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of the Case Western Reserve University, he has been Director of the Cardiovascular Curriculum and the Cardio-Pulmonary Block for first year med students since prior to the inception of the school in 2004. He serves on the Basic Science Education Committee, and teaches seminars and clinical correlations to first and second year students. He received the Kaiser-Permanente Teaching Award for Basic Science Education, from CCLCM in 2007.
He has been named on the “Best Doctors” list, on a yearly basis since 1994, including “Best Doctors in America,” published by Castle Connolly, and others. Over a dozen times, he has been named as one of the “Best Doctors in Cleveland” by Cleveland Magazine.
Bill Stewart is highly involved in family life, with his wife, two grown children, and twin grandbabies. He is an avid exerciser, sailor, downhill skier, and amateur ornithologist. He is a musician and singer, serving weekly as worship leader for his local Christian church congregation, where he is also Senior Warden and on the vestry. He is the faculty advisor to the Cleveland Clinic chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) and serves the Northeast Ohio CMDA. He is a committed believer in Jesus Christ, and has been featured on television for his interests in the integration of medicine, faith, and spirituality. Dr. Stewart believes in the power of prayer, working together with scientific medicine, for healing illness.