Melissa Stewart

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Melissa Stewart

I am a senior clinical social worker at the David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Social Work and joined Memorial Sloan Kettering in 1994. I work with people being cared for by our Head and Neck Medicine & Surgery, Endocrine and Thyroid, Dermatology, and Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery services, plus various consult services.  I was ordained by One Spirit Learning Alliance as an Interfaith Minister in 2010 and have a particular interest in the role of spirituality in the cancer experience.

Degrees and Licensures

Masters of Science in Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R)

Publications

  • Palliative Care: A Guide for Health Social Workers (2019). Chapter 6: Spiritual, Religious and Existential Dimensions of Care. Editors: Sumser, Leimena, Altilio. Oxford University Press.
  • Improving Caregiver Connections with the Mindful Use of Social Media (November 2018). Co-authors: Donna Siegel, LCSW and Rachel Warbet, LCSW. MSK R.E.A.C.H. for Caregivers Newsletter.
  • Spiritual Maturity: How Achieving This Core Aspect of Personal Development Is Essential to Self-Care (Fall 2016/Winter 2017). Caring for the Human Spirit Magazine.
  • Spirituality & Survivorship: Finding Your Way after a Diagnosis of Cancer (September/October 2016). Co-author: Rev. Jill Bowden. Coping Magazine.
  • Spiritual Assessment: A Patient Centered Approach to Oncology Social Work Practice (January 2014).  Social Work in Healthcare. Special Issue: Coping with Chronic Cancer: Clinical Approaches to Oncology Social Work Practice (53:59-73).