Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart

I am the Social Work Manager at the David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I earned my master’s in social work the University of Wisconsin–Madison Sandra A. Rosenbaum School of Social Work and have specialized in oncology social work since 1992.

At MSK, I work with people who are being cared for by our Head and Neck Service and our Endocrinology Service. In my role, I provide psychoeducation, supportive counseling, and practical guidance to patients and their family members. I also supervise and mentor other social workers.

I have expertise in psychospirituality in healthcare and am particularly interested in the role of spirituality in the cancer experience, as well as in grief and resilience. I am dedicated to pursuing and developing socially just, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist social work practices in the medical setting.

Outside of work, I am a lover of poetry and read and recite it as a core spiritual practice.

Languages Spoken



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


  • 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).