Stewart Stein, M.D., the corporate medical director at Chapters Health System, recently earned the designation of Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The AAHPM is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients diagnosed with serious illnesses. Dr. Stein received the designation on March 15 in San Diego during the annual assembly of the AAHPM.
“This achievement is one of the highest honors the AAHPM can bestow on a physician,” said Ronald Schonwetter, M.D., FAAHPM, Chapters Health chief medical officer. “Throughout his career, Dr. Stein has demonstrated his dedication to the practice of hospice and palliative medicine, and this recognition is well deserved.”
To earn fellow status with the AAHPM, physicians must be board certified in hospice and palliative medicine, be active within the academy and undergo a voluntary evaluation of their knowledge of the field, professional accomplishments, demonstrated scholarship and personal integrity.
Dr. Stein joined Chapters Health in early 2011 as medical director at Good Shepherd Hospice, a Chapters Health affiliate that delivers end-of-life care in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. Dr. Stein was named Chapters Health corporate medical director in April 2013. In this position, he sets standards for medical care in the organization, collaborates with clinical staff to ensure optimum quality, regulatory adherence and coordination of programs within the Chapters Health. Dr. Stein also oversees education and clinical integration for the system’s Medical Services Department.
“Having provided patients’ hands-on hospice care for a number of years, Dr. Stein brings a valuable perspective to Chapters Health,” added Dr. Schonwetter. “He is a great resource for all our staff as they deliver the highest quality of patient care and symptom management.”
Dr. Stein is a Florida native. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences from the University of Florida. He earned his medical degree from the University of Florida and completed his internship and residency programs at University Hospital at the University of California in San Diego.