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Stewart Massad, Class of 1976, Inducted in 2001

"Truly a 'man for all seasons,' even as a sophomore in my English class," says Karen Keane, Stewart's English teacher at F-M High School. "Stewart saw himself as a writer, an observer of human nature, an environmentalist, a historian. 

Often willing to take that risk so precarious for adolescents, he spoke his beliefs in class and lived by them everywhere. 

His social conscience was in formation in high school where he committed himself to the literary magazine, as well as to many endeavors, both athletic and intellectual."

Dr. Stewart Massad channeled his early interest in the human condition into a successful career as a physician.  His medical training took Stewart from Duke University of Medicine, to Albany Medical Center, where he did his internship. 

After a residency, again at Duke, Stewart completed a fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis.  Currently, he serves as Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Cook county Hospital in Chicago.

"My work at Cook County Hospital involves care for women with gynecologic cancer," Stewart says.  "These women are indigent and uninsured, seen in Chicago's outmoded, understaffed, and undersupplied safety net institution because others refuse to take them in.  Continuing with this work, though often frustrating and unappreciated, fulfills the sense of mission and dedication to service that I learned from Mrs. Keane and others like her at F-M."


This dedication also includes a career as a teacher.  Stewart is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Radiation Oncology at Cook County Hospital.  Currently he is working on a project with several companies to develop a device using optics to detect cancer, intending to replace the Pap smear.  Stewart has received numerous awards for his research, community service and teaching.


Stewart is a prolific writer, having produced numerous research and medical-related articles in professional publications throughout his career.  But his literary side, first nurtured at F-M, has also flourished.  He's produced many fiction pieces and literary essays for a variety of magazines, in addition to publishing a book entitled Doctors and Other Casualties, in 1993. 

This book received First Prize for Fiction from the Society of Midwest Authors in 1994.

When he's not working or writing, Stewart enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young children at their home near Chicago.

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