Dr. Ronald. D. Stewart Visits JEMS

Boys and theit EMS Toys at JEMSThe JEMS team enjoyed a wonderful visit with Dr. Ronald Stewart today when he traveled down to San Diego during an extended visit in Los Angeles. He was conducting Grand Rounds and working on other EMS projects.

 

He got a chance to see my EMS artifacts and toy collection and also spend quality time with the staff – and my therapy Dog “Bernie.”

 

A long-time friend of mine and Jim Page, Dr. Stewart filmed a 30 minute segemet for JEMS TV, talking about his earliest days in prehospital EMS and how he “learned a lot about medicine from the EMTs and Paramedics that were always able to function professionally unde the worst conditions – never showing their stress or emotion in the heat of the moment.”

 

Watch for the interview on JEMS TV beginning next week.

 

To let our readers know more about Dr. Stewart who was this year’s winner of the James O. Page Leadership award at EMS Today, we thought we would post a summary of his accomplishments, written by his friend Walt Stoy. He is truly one of the pioneers of EMS in not just the United States, but in the world.

 

Dr. Stewart has a long and distinguished history of being a visionary and futurist in the EMS domain. Born on the Island of Cape Breton, the northern island of Nova Scotia Canada, the son of a coal miner and activist mother, there is no question Dr. Stewart was influenced by their Scottish work ethic and profound respect for education.

Upon completing his education in Canada, he started his residency program at the University of Southern California and became the first medical director of the paramedic training for the County of Los Angeles.

 

In 1978 he was courted by Dr. Peter Safar and others to join the team in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Stewart created the Center for Emergency Medicine and became the medical director for Pittsburgh EMS while also serving as the head of the emergency department at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. His early efforts included the creation of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Pittsburgh, the offices of – Education, Research and STAT Medevac at the Center for Emergency Medicine.

 

Ron Stewart enjoys a visit with Bernie at JEMSWithout question, during his tenure in the United States, Dr. Stewart had significant impact on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of EMS systems. During his time in America, he travelled nationally and internationally spreading the word of prehospital care.

 

Dr. Stewart is an intuitive educator. Although his CV would demonstrate that he has no formal education in the domains of education, without question, his body of work demonstrates decades of teaching the masses on how to think, act and perform in the out of hospital environment. The impact of his personal efforts on individuals and organizations enhanced the care of millions by his ability to influence the models of methods of healthcare employed in the prehospital arena.

 

Dr. Stewart truly represents the finest example of a renaissance man – he is a philosopher, a historian, a musician, a futurist, a visionary, a man of medicine, an educator, a politician, a mover and a shaker, a caring soul, a philanthropist, and so much more. Every individual that meets Dr. Stewart is greeted by the most genuine offering of “I am so happy to meet you”. If he has met you in the past, he is “so happy to see you again”. To paraphrase Kabir – Dr. Ronald D. Stewart is the breath within the breath of the embodiment of what was, is, and shall be EMS.

 

Dr. Ronald. D. Stewart is director of medical humanities at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Officer of the Order of Canada, and former Minister of Health of Nova Scotia. Dr. Stewart has a long and distinguished history of being a visionary and futurist in the EMS domain. Upon completing his education in Canada, he started his residency program at the University of Southern California and became the first medical director of the paramedic training for the County of Los Angeles.

 

In 1978 he was courted by Dr. Peter Safar and others to join the team in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Stewart created the Center for Emergency Medicine and became the medical director for Pittsburgh EMS while also serving as the head of the emergency department at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. His early efforts included the creation of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Pittsburgh, the offices of – Education, Research and STAT Medevac at the Center for Emergency Medicine.

 

During his tenure in the United States, Dr. Stewart had significant impact on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of EMS systems. During his time in America, he travelled nationally and internationally spreading the word of pre-hospital care.

 

Dr. Stewart is an intuitive educator. His body of work demonstrates decades of teaching the masses on how to think, act and perform in the out of hospital environment.

 

The impact of his personal efforts on individuals and organizations enhanced the care of millions by his ability to influence the models of methods of healthcare employed in the pre-hospital arena.

 

Dr. Stewart truly represents the finest example of a renaissance man – he is a philosopher, a historian, a musician, a futurist, a visionary, a man of medicine, an educator, a politician, a mover and a shaker, a caring soul, a philanthropist, and so much more.

 

To paraphrase Kabir – Dr. Ronald D. Stewart is the breath within the breath of the embodiment of what was, is, and shall be EMS.

 

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