About

Dr. Christine Stewart

Surgeon at Edina Plastic Surgery


Education & Certifications

Education

  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
  • University of Michigan
  • Masters of Science in Engineering / Biomedical Engineering Concentration in Biofluid Mechanics
  • University of Minnesota School of Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine

Residency

  • University of Minnesota
  • Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Christine Stewart has known that she wanted to be a physician since the first grade. While the rest of her classmates cringed and gasped during a video of an open-heart surgery during science class, she found herself transfixed and fascinated by how the heart works. Her weekly trip to the public library soon filled her bookbag with illustrated anatomy books instead of popular children’s books. Her mother soon found herself reading passages about the skeletal system aloud at bedtime instead of fairytales. This infatuation with the human body and how it functions quickly evolved into a passion which sharply steered the course of Christine’s life towards a career in medicine.

Background

While many aspiring physicians follow an undergraduate course of study that is biology focused, Dr. Stewart decided to major in engineering. She believed that understanding the technology behind the instrumentation she would be using in the operating room, and the mathematics behind our physiology would uniquely prepare her to be an innovative surgeon in the future. Dr. Stewart graduated on the Dean’s List from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Biomedical Engineering and continued on at the university to also obtain her Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical Engineering Concentration in Biofluid Mechanics.

Next, Dr. Stewart’s educational pathway took her to the University of Minnesota School of Medicine where she completed both her Doctor of Medicine and her residency in Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. During her time at the university, Dr. Stewart acted as the student representative for Women in Surgery and a resident representative on the Program Education Committee.

Dr. Stewart is fascinated with the complexity and challenges of how the field of plastic surgery blends mathematics, engineering, surgical skill, and artistry. But, her motivation to achieve exceptional results is purely patient-driven. She believes that plastic surgery can transform lives – that through the correction or enhancement of one’s features, hope and confidence are restored. In essence, that plastic surgery can enrich a patient’s quality of life.

Education, philanthropy, and volunteerism are cornerstones of Dr. Stewart’s life both inside and outside of her profession. She has participated in countless programs to both educate and support young women who are pursuing careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Dr. Stewart has volunteered her time and skill on various medical mission trips to perform cleft lip, cleft palate, and hand surgeries for populations in need. She considers education one of the greatest gifts of her life and aspires to pay this gift forward.

Dr. Stewart believes that the field of plastic surgery is unlike any other in medicine. In this specialty, a surgeon is entrusted with a patient’s physical and emotional vulnerabilities. How patients feel about their appearance directly influences how they interact with the world around them. When patients choose a plastic surgeon, they are not only trusting their surgical skill but also trusting that surgeon to travel with them on the journey to elevated confidence and improved quality of life.

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