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Greg Stewart, MD - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Greg Stewart, MD Greg Stewart, MD

W. Kennon McWilliams Professor of Sports Medicine; Chief, Section of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery | Tulane University

New Orleans, LA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Stewart specializes in non-operative sports medicine, physical medicine and rehab and age-related research of former NFL players.

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Dr. Gregory W. Stewart is a nationally recognized expert in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in adults. He also specializes in disability prevention, rehabilitative medicine, sports medicine, and has a particular interest in sports concussion. Dr. Stewart is the director of the Sports Concussion Management Program and team physician at Tulane University. He has served as team physician for professional, collegiate and high school teams for more than 30 years.

In addition to co-directing the Center for Sport, Dr. Stewart currently spends most of his time working with former professional athletes. As Medical Director of the Professional Athlete Care Team at Tulane University, he leads the NFL Benefits Neurological Care Program, NFL Player Care Foundation Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program, and the Trust (powered by the NFLPA) Brain and Body and Milestone Wellness Assessment programs.

Dr. Stewart is active in professional associations in sports medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He serves as Chairman of the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He was a major contributor to the successful passage of the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act. Dr. Stewart has also received funding from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education to examine the effects of mild traumatic brain injury in high school football athletes.

Areas of Expertise (6)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Orthopedic Surgery

Rehabilitation

Sports Medicine

Physical Medicine

NFL

Accomplishments (6)

Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame (professional)

2019

Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association, Sports Medicine Person of the Year (professional)

2018

Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, Sports Medicine Person of the Year (professional)

2018

Best Doctors in America List (professional)

2017-18

Louisiana High School Athletic Associations Distinguished Service Award (professional)

2012

Castle Connolly Top Doctors (professional)

2017

Education (3)

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine: MD

Louisiana State University/Charity Hospital: Internship/Residency

Houston Baptist University: B.S.

Affiliations (7)

  • Chair-American Athletic Conference COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group
  • Director of Education for the Louisiana Sports Medicine Society
  • Sports Medicine Committee of the Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Team Physician for the Tulane Department of Athletics
  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Advisory Member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association and the Louisiana Athletic Trainer's Association
  • Head of the LHSAA’s sports medicine advisory committee

Media Appearances (28)

What's college football's best path to playing this season?

Yahoo News  online

2020-07-29

The rapid testing answers currently available simply aren’t good enough. Greg Stewart, the director of sports medicine at Tulane, says the antigen test available now is only 60 to 70 percent accurate.

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Can we safely have football this fall?

WWL-TV (CBS) New Orleans  online

2020-07-20

"If everybody behaved and did what they were supposed to do with all of this, we can get there. We can still get there," said Dr. Greg Stewart.

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‘Big window’ - Is testing plan rigorous enough for football?

Washington Post  online

2020-07-20

Dr. Greg Stewart, the Tulane team physician, said determining what constitutes a high-risk exposure during a football game will often be a judgment call for medical staffs.

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Tulane's Gregory Stewart addresses the many challenges — and frustrations — in a safe return to football

Nola.com | The New Orleans Advocate  online

2020-07-19

Dr. Gregory Stewart is a busy man all the time, but both his schedule and his mental bandwidth are especially full these days.

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In-Season Testing, Game Interruptions Are of Top Concern as College Football Season Inches Closer

Sports Illustrated  online

2020-07-14

Greg Stewart’s primary job nowadays is protecting the metaphorical bubble that envelops the Tulane athletic department. The Green Wave’s team physician and an associate professor at the university’s school of medicine, Stewart oversees a regimented testing protocol that TU began using last month.

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Tulane University receives $12.5 million grant to treat brain injuries and PTSD in veterans

Military Times  online

2020-07-07

“We’re really excited to serve this population,” Stewart said. “It’s certainly an honor for us to have been asked to join this group and to help take care of the individuals who put their lives at risk to protect us and protect our freedoms.”

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Coronavirus testing a stress threat for athletic budgets

ABC News  online

2020-07-05

Dr. Greg Stewart, team physician for Tulane athletics and the head of the American Athletic Conference’s COVID-19 medical advisory team, said sample pool testing makes sense and can save a "ton of money.”

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Dr. Greg Stewart talks about precautions surrounding Tulane student-athletes return

WGNO-TV (ABC)  online

2020-07-01

Tulane University Athletics Head Team Physician, Dr. Gregory Stewart, joined the WGNO Sportszone to talk about student-athletes returning to campus and measures in place to make sure they return to a safe environment.

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Spring football is not an option, so what's next? We don't really know.

KATC (ABC) Lafayette  online

2020-06-24

During the meeting, Tulane Dr. Greg Stewart spoke to the committee. He told the Advocate that his message was simple, to play fall sports people must follow state guidelines, a message Bonine would echo.

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Major questions for Louisiana prep sports: When might Phase 3 come? What if football can't be played?

Nola.com | The New Orleans Advocate  online

2020-06-23

Tulane’s Dr. Greg Stewart, head of the LHSAA’s sports medicine advisory committee, is scheduled to address the executive committee Wednesday afternoon to discuss his COVID-19 thoughts/findings.

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Return of college athletes gives glimpse of back to school

Associated Press  online

2020-06-22

The average student isn’t facing that type of pressure to take precautions, which worries Dr. Greg Stewart, the team physician for Tulane athletics.

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COVID quandary: Moves toward LHSAA sports during pandemic must be precise, evolving

Nola.com | The New Orleans Advocate  online

2020-06-20

As co-director of Tulane’s Sports Medicine Program and the Green Wave’s team physician, Dr. Greg Stewart is an authority on sports injuries and treatment.

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NCAA finalizing plan for extended college football preseason

Associated Press  online

2020-06-10

Tulane team physician Greg Stewart, who is heading the American Athletic Conference’s COVID-19 advisory panel, said the hope is testing and screening of the players for the coronavirus will go well enough that players won’t need to use face coverings during practice.

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Building bubbles: Cautious 1st steps toward football season

Associated Press  online

2020-06-08

“You know, there’s nothing that says my testing is going to protect my guys any better than their screening is going to. We don’t know,” said Dr. Greg Stewart, team physician for Tulane’s athletic department. “And probably for most of the schools across the country, you know athletic departments are the canary in the coal mine.”

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To Test or Not Test: The Question That Could Determine the College Football Season

Sports Illustrated  online

2020-06-02

At Tulane, team doctor Greg Stewart is considering a twice-a-week virus test for athletes—a protocol that most if not all schools will follow once full practices and/or the season begin. “We’re making assumptions that all of them are asymptomatic,” Stewart says.

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Hefty preparations needed to play football this fall

WWL-Radio  online

2020-05-22

If football is deemed viable in the fall, both at the college and pro level, there's going to be a lot of behind-the-scenes work that makes it possible to play amid an ongoing pandemic. As far as college is concerned, the American Athletic Conference has tabbed Dr. Greg Stewart of Tulane to chair its medical advisory group.

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What's the new normal for college sports as they return from hiatus?

WWL-Radio  online

2020-05-21

Bobby & Kristian talk with Tulane's Dr. Greg Stewart about what college sports programs will face as their new normal amid an ongoing pandemic.

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Tulane’s Dr. Greg Stewart to Chair AAC’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group

WGNO-TV (ABC) New Orleans  online

2020-05-20

Tulane Athletics Team Physician Dr. Greg Stewart will serve as the chairman for the American Athletic Conference’s newly formed COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, which comprises medical professionals from each of the league’s members institutions.

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Fogging Machines, Contact-Free Facilities and Outdoor Weight Rooms: The 'New Norm' That Awaits College Football Players

Sports Illustrated  online

2020-05-18

"I told people I thought shutting down everything was hard. This opening up is... 'Oh my God!'" says Greg Stewart, the longtime Tulane team physician who has recently been charged with leading the American Athletic Conference's reopening plan.

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Was it the right move to pull Zion? Doctors say yes

WWL-TV (CBS) New Orleans  online

2020-01-23

No question, Zion Williamson is the most popular sports figure in New Orleans -- not named Drew Brees.

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AHA News: NFL Coaches' Drive for Success Can Be Hard on Their Hearts

U.S. News & World Report  online

2019-12-05

You're not likely to find any studies linking heart disease and NFL coaches – just a long list of familiar names.

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Famous athletes seek this Tulane clinic after their careers and want to know: 'What is the cost?'

Nola.com | The New Orleans Advocate  online

2019-11-02

Build a career on violence.

Then train your brain to believe the pain that comes with it is secondary to the mission.

The rigid structure around you, the only framework you’ve known since you started college, validates that belief. But the longer you last in this savage-yet-lucrative profession, the louder that voice in your head demands to know: What is the cost?

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Professional Athlete Care Team facts: How is it funded? What are the programs? Why does it matter?

Nola.com | The New Orleans Advocate  online

2019-11-02

Since it first started operating out of the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine in 2013, the Tulane Professional Athlete Care Team (PACT) has been discreetly bringing former NFL players in from around the country and providing medical screenings.

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As severe heat strikes Louisiana again, experts sweat dangers: 'It's a public health emergency'

Nola.com | The New Orleans Advocate  online

2019-08-13

New Orleans and most of Louisiana sweated through another day of oppressive heat Tuesday, with the city continuing to deal with excessively high temperatures that kept residents indoors and health care workers on alert.

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Cryotherapy is for more than just NFL athletes, but does it work?

WWL-TV (CBS) New Orleans  online

2019-05-08

The Saints and other NFL players do it. A professional wrestler does it. A body builder does it, and so do elite U.S. Army Rangers. And now so, can everyday people.

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Study Fuels Controversy Over Football Concussions in Teens

HealthLine  

2014-03-14

The finding contradicts earlier reports of brain damage in football players at all levels of the sport. "The concussive forces may not be quite as bad as we think," said Gregory W. Stewart, chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Tulane University School of Medicine...

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Ex-LSU gymnast Ashleigh Clare-Kearney tells of her struggle with weight

NOLA  

2011-06-21

"This is a medical issue," Tulane team physician Dr. Gregory W. Stewart said...

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College Seasons Begin and Swine Flu Threat Enters Locker Room

New York Times  online

2009-08-29

One by one, Tulane’s football players returned from a morning practice last week complaining of similar symptoms: sore throat, fever, fatigue. By the end of the day, Dr. Greg Stewart, a director of Tulane’s sports medicine program, said 18 players had contracted the flu. And it would only get worse.

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Articles (3)

A Novel Non-operative Protocol for the Acute Management of In-season Acromioclavicular Separations Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

Heard, Wendell MR, et al.

2017

Traditional treatment of acromioclavicular (AC) sprains has been a sling with rest and rehabilitation. We have developed a protocol that uses a static scapular retraction brace (Figure 1) to reduce the displaced upper extremity back to the clavicle. We hypothesized that the brace in combination with oral and injected steroid and a rehabilitation protocol that emphasizes postural restoration, facilitates a more anatomic reduction of the AC joint that quickly eliminates discomfort, allows for more anatomic healing and a rapid return to normal activities in type 1, 2, and 3 AC separations.

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Comprehensive Assessment and Management of Athletes with Sport Concussion International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy

McQueen-Borden E, Bell RA, Barr T, Juengling J

2012-08-12

Currently, the popular approach to post-concussion management of the athlete relies upon the use of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers, all typically coordinated by a physician.

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Throwing Arm Dominance in Collegiate Baseball Pitching The American Journal of Sports Medicine

Werner, Sherry L., et al.

2010

Left-handed individuals make up about 10% of the general population, yet left-handers comprise approximately 30% of the pitching staffs in Major League and Division I college baseball. Despite speculation regarding differences between right- and left-handed pitchers, distinction between right- and left-handed pitching mechanics has not been documented in the literature at any level of play.

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