Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP


Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP, a family physician with the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Columbia, South Carolina, is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide. As an AAFP board member, Stewart advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Stewart has been a practicing family physician with the Eau Clair Cooperative Health Centers since 2012 and currently serves as lead provider and HIV Specialist. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Stewart enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She is a preceptor for nurse practitioners, medical residents and medical students, and has received numerous awards, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award for her precepting at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

A member of the AAFP since 1995, Stewart has served in several leadership positions at the state and national level. Stewart has served on numerous commissions and committees, most recently as a member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science, and past chair of the commission’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee. Stewart was convener for the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies in 2010 and the New Physician delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates in 2004. Also active in the American Medical Association, Stewart served as AAFP resident delegate to the AMA Resident and Fellow Section, and was chair of the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium Governing Council.

On the state level, Stewart served the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians as president-elect, president and board chair. She continues to serve the South Carolina AFP as chair of its Commission on Public Health. On local level, she currently serves as President of the Columbia Medical Society.

Stewart is also a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, the National Medical Association and the American Women’s Medical Association.

Born and reared in an underserved urban area of Cleveland, Ohio, Stewart has committed her career to ensuring uninsured and low-income families have access to high quality health care. She began her career as a National Health Service Corps scholar, caring for underserved patients in rural South Carolina. She continues to work with underserved communities in both rural and urban settings. From 2003 to 2012, Stewart served as chief medical officer and HIV specialist at the Richland Community Health Care Association, Eastover and Columbia, South Carolina. She was recognized in 2017 for her dedicated service in Hepatitis C treatment and prevention by the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council.

Stewart earned her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio. Realizing she wanted to have a more direct impact on patients’ lives and wellbeing, she returned to school, completing her medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio and her family medicine residency training at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina.

Stewart has also earned additional certification in HIV care from the American Academy of HIV Medicine and is certified as a Hospice Medical Director by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.

Stewart is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.