Physician. Gospel Pianist. Christian Author and Poet.
EARL STEWART, JR., is a physician and native son of the city of Augusta, Georgia, where he grew up and attended public schooling for both his primary and secondary educations. He is a 2005 alumnus of A.R. Johnson Health Sciences and Engineering Magnet High School, where he studied on the Health Sciences curriculum while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, graduating third in his class with honors. He is also a 2009 alumnus of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Cum Laude) with a pre-medical focus with minors in Chemistry and Latin. At Mercer, he was a Josiah Penfield Presidential Scholar and served as a member and officer of several organizations and honor societies and accrued many awards for leadership and academic excellence, including being named to the National Dean’s List, Mercer’s President’s and Dean’s Lists, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Dr. Stewart later attended the historic Meharry Medical College’s School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating with multiple honors and commendations in May of 2013. At Meharry, he was a member and leader of several medical student associations and was awarded multiple accolades for academic excellence, professionalism in medicine, humanism, and community service. He is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and served on the Governor’s Council of the Tennessee State Chapter of the American College of Physicians, as Secretary of the Governing Council of the Tennessee Medical Association-Medical Student Section, as President of the Thomas-Hardy Internal Medicine Society, and as Chaplain of the Meharry Chapter of the 100 Collegiate Black Men and of his medical class. He is also a member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Honor Society for Humanism in Medicine. He later entered residency training in Categorical Internal Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of the prestigious Brown University and its affiliated hospitals in Providence, Rhode Island. While in residency, he served on the Rhode Island Hospital’s Diversity Committee as well as a leader for the Brown University’s Minority Housestaff Association and Brown’s Office of Diversity and Multi-Cultural Affairs, engaging in events and practices to recruit more African-Americans and Hispanics into the field of medicine. After residency, Dr. Stewart entered practice caring for the area homeless, medically indigent, and medically uninsured in the Atlanta Metropolitan area with St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services.
He later entered private practice in Thomaston, Georgia, as a staff internist and primary care physician with Thomaston Medical Clinic, P.C., and he held hospital privileges with Upson Regional Medical Center and WellStar’s Spalding Regional Medical Center. Dr. Stewart is also Board-Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. On May 21, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine upon the recommendation of the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Osteopathic Program – Georgia Campus appointed Dr. Stewart as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, through which appointment he is tasked with teaching osteopathic medical students during their primary care Internal Medicine rotations.
At Upson Regional, he served on the Quality Management Committee which entails monitoring and improving the health care delivery of the inpatients at the facility to comply with state and federal medical care policies and evidence-based guidelines governing inpatient care.
After serving the people of rural Georgia, Dr. Stewart returned to the city of Atlanta in joining the WellStar Medical Group to provide primary care to the citizens of the city of Atlanta and its northwest surburbs, joining WellStar’s Vinings Jubilee practice in March 2020.
He is an avid and digitally published gospel pianist, frequent medical essayist and blogger, frequent invited speaker at churches and health fairs, and is a published poet, publishing “Precious Memories: Reflections for Christian Living” in 2012 and “Words for Today” in 2013. He later published “In Love, With Poetry” in 2019. In October 2018, Dr. Stewart was recognized as one the 2018 “40 Under 40” in the state of Georgia for his career and community service efforts deemed at making a tremendous impact in the lives of fellow citizens across the state and region by Georgia Trend magazine. He is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Georgia and Virginia. He resides in the Smyrna, Georgia, community of Barnes Mill.
On July 3, 2019, Dr. Stewart was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians (FACP), recognizing his commitment to and accomplishments within the field of Internal Medicine.
In May 2020, Dr. Stewart founded the Poetry in Medicine podcast which shares poetic readings from the across the spectrum of the health care community in an effort to foster humanism and empathy in the healing arts.
Dr. Stewart’s love of piano music and gospel music stems from a very early age, where he began playing at home surrounded by his family and for intermittent musical events at a neighborhood church. He takes what he learned in music appreciation courses, by listening and indulging in traditional gospel music at weekly church services, and from the musical influences of family members and friends to create his own unique style and interpretation of traditional gospel songs. His is a style that takes experiences of old and combines them with a memoir of the vocal and instrumental musical influences on the way he interprets compositions and strikes each piano key. This is music that is meant to be pondered and reflected upon, as it is used for meditation at the end of a long day or worship in preparation for Sunday morning services. His light, slightly gregarious, and easy style is true to the music as it was written with very little additions and allows for a slower tempo in full conveyance of each distinctive musical phrase.
Dr. Stewart’s love of poetry stems too from a very early age, when he began writing in his spare time and reading some of his early works at special school and church programs. When asked what he thinks of writing poetry, he says, “The inspirations for poetic thought exist as divine revelations from the Most High God. Through poetry, I am taught lessons that I aspire to pass on to others who I encounter along the way. It is how I express my fondest, most profound memories of living this Christian life so that I may continually increase in faith and help someone else along the way continue to strive toward salvation and, ultimately, eternal life.” Dr. Stewart is a lifelong member of the Macedonia Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia, where he has served as a Junior Deacon, a leader with the Health and Social Services ministry, and with a variety of other ministries. He currently attends and is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Griffin, Georgia, where he also serves in a variety of capacities. His favorite passage of scripture is found in Proverbs 3: 5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”