Dr. Ron Stewart is founder and director of Music-in-Medicine, part of the Medical Humanities-HEALS Program at Dalhousie Medical School. He also holds teaching professorships in Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology.
Music-in-Medicine is a recent addition to his wide-ranging medical career: from village family practice along the north coast of Cape Breton to Los Angeles' emergency rooms; from teaching to politics (he was Nova Scotia's Minister of Health from 1993 to 1996). His many other involvements include landmines, tobacco control and international medical education programs.
In May 2002, Dr. Stewart received the first-ever award from Dalhousie Medical School honouring a physician “whose life and teaching best exemplifies the traditions of the science and art of Medicine.” The Gold-headed Cane Award was presented to Dr. Stewart at the annual convocation dinner on May 24, 2002. The award also recognizes his dedication to, and close relationships with, medical students and resident physicians. The Cane will now be given annually to a member of the Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Stewart is happiest on the shores of the ocean surrounding his beloved island of Cape Breton.