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Lisa Renee Stewart, M.D., of Savannah, Georgia, passed away in her home on April 27, 2015. Beloved daughter of Robert Hugh and Barbara Ann Stewart, Lisa was born in Lewiston, New York on March 26, 1970 and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

stewart - lisa (150 x 205)Her formative years were spent attending Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, where her passion was cheerleading. At the age of seventeen, she traded in her pom poms for chemistry books when she left home to attend Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. After graduating with a degree in chemistry in 1992, she worked for a year as a medical researcher at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, before attending medical school.

Lisa earned her doctorate in medicine from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey, in 1997. Lisa completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in nephrology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina in 2002. The same year she joined Coastal Carolina Nephrology, LLC where she was a partner until 2010. From 2003 to 2010, Lisa also served as the medical director of Renal Advantage, Inc., a dialysis center.

Lisa moved to Savannah in 2010 and joined the Medical Associates of Savannah, P.C. as a nephrologist caring for patients in the Savannah and Bluffton, South Carolina offices. She also served as the medical director of PruittHealth Hospice, formerly known as United Hospice, in Savannah. During her career, she published and presented several articles in various medical journals and was an invited speaker for many nephrology organizations, including the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). Lisa also volunteered with the South Carolina National Kidney Foundation, Kidneys for Life, and Kidney Early Evaluation Program. As demonstrated by her mentorship of medical students and volunteer work with Trident Technical College, she was committed to the advancement and support of women in the medical profession.

Lisa was the best friend and beloved wife of John (“Jay”) Parrott Whittle, Jr., M.D. Lisa and Jay were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Emily Stewart Whittle in 2010. Notwithstanding all of her academic and professional accomplishments, Lisa was most proud of her daughter and cherished Emily and her family above all else.

Lisa will be remembered for her clever and laugh-at-life sense of humor, devotion to her family and friends, quest for self-improvement, and compassion and commitment to her patients.

Lisa loved to travel and explore other cultures, day-dreamed of becoming an interior designer, and joked that she wanted to someday retire to the Cotswolds, wear comfortable shoes, and solve mysteries.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Lisa is survived by her loving parents Robert Hugh and Barbara Ann Stewart of Bluffton, SC, and devoted siblings Amy Christine Stewart of Medford, MA, and Susan Lynn Stewart of Canton, MA. She also leaves her nephews, nieces, and many friends, all of whom she loved very much.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 o’clock Tuesday, May 5th, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, May 6th, at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension conducted by Pastor Carl R. Yost and The Reverend Dr. William H. Roen.

Remembrances:  The Children’s Bereavement Camp – c/o PruittCares Foundation – 1626 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, Georgia 30093-2219 or Memorial Health Foundation Children’s Hospital Fund – Post Office Box 23089, Savannah, Georgia 31403-3089.

Online Condolences

  1. Gretchen says:

    Heartbreaking loss of such a wonderful friend. My heart goes out to her husband and daughter and family. Our prayers are with you all during such a difficult time.

  2. George Stewart says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you all. May God bless, comfort, and keep you during this time.

  3. Carla Boyette says:

    I am overwhelmed with sadness at the loss of my dear friend. She was such a beautiful person. My deepest sympathies to all who love her.

  4. Michelle Salvatore says:

    Deepest sympathy from your RWJMS classmates.
    A wonderful colleague and friend will be remembered by all.

  5. Shamsa says:

    My sincere condolences. Sending her loved ones heartfelt prayers to deal with this terrible loss.

  6. Young Song says:

    I am heartbroken by the news. She was a beautiful person and will be missed. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  7. Calvin Trussell says:

    Very sorry to hear of her passing. Dr. Stewart was a wonderful doctor and good friend to my wife and me.

  8. Jim Smith says:

    It was very sad to learn of the passing of Lisa, daughter of my friends in Sun City. Lisa was a real comfort to my wife in her time of need. Lisa will be missed. My condolences to the family and my deepest regrets.

  9. Dorothy Min says:

    Lisa-a truly wonderful woman who was just so genuine and gorgeous inside and out. Even in high school dealing with a back brace-she held her head up high and proved she was a beauty with brains, so classy and kind but with the best laugh. I’m so sorry for your loss and for all of us that will truly miss her.

  10. Gifford Allen, Jr. says:

    Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for Bob and Barb. My deepest sympathies go out to all those who knew Lisa.

  11. Familie Kofler says:

    The pain of losing you may not encumber and remembering the common time with Lisa you have enough strength for the future.

  12. Susan Higgins says:

    My sincere condolences. Dr. Stewart treated my husband before he passed away. He valued her as a physician and a person. My sympathies to her family in this difficult time.

  13. Tracey Welsh says:

    Lisa’s love and concern for her family is the trait that most sticks out in my mind. Even when we shared an apartment in those early days after college, her family was her most frequent topic of conversation. She was a strong and kind person who will be painfully missed by all who knew her. May you, her family, find peace in the many lives hers has touched.

  14. Valerie Bennett says:

    I’m heartbroken for you and will be thinking of you and Emily.
    Much love,
    Valerie and Charlotte

  15. bizath taqui says:

    Lisa was one of the most special people I have ever met in my life. Some of my fondest memories are from the time we spent together, in the U.S and abroad. Our conversations were filled with humor and joy. I will miss her deeply for the rest of my life. I am heartbroken as I offer love, respect and sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Stewart, Amy, Susan, Jay and Emily.

  16. Ravi Goel says:

    I remember Lisa’s extraordinary smile throughout medical school.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the extended family. I am sorry for your loss and will always remember her kind spirit.

    Ravi Goel

  17. David Gottfried says:

    I am so sad she gone. She is a great woman with full of pride and joy. My prayers goes to her family and friends also.

  18. Klugel says:

    Our deepest condolences to Lisa’s family. She will be remembered always, her beautiful spirit lives on.

  19. Rev Mark A Williams says:

    Lisa, was my Nephrologist for several years while practicing in Charleston,SC. Her care and genuine concern for her patients is one of the main reasons why I am still active and functioning; after 15+ year of my kidney transplant. May she be fondly remembered.Shalom, Rev.Mark A. Williams

  20. Teresa (Camp) Cochran says:

    Prayers and Love to Lisa’s family and friends! Lisa will be remembered as a friend of mine from school and beyond. No matter how much time passed between our visits or talks, we picked up where we left off and felt as close as we did when we were growing up. True friendship! I’m heartbroken with this news; Lisa was such a special friend! Heaven has an Angel, now.. I’ll hold onto that. I’ll remember how she lit up telling Diana and I about her sweet family when we surprised her with my visit a few years ago. We talked about her sweet Emily and Jay, her amazing work (of which she was very humble), and laughed so hard about our stories of our growing up! May you be in Peace, Lisa!

  21. Sandra Phillips says:

    I saw of your loss in the Roanoke paper. My heart breaks for you and your daughter and all of your family. I hope you find comfort and peace I your memories and that you and Emily draw comfort from each other.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Sandra Phillips
    Bereavement Coordinator
    Good Samaritan Hospice

  22. Dean & Bev Reidenbach says:

    Received e-mail from Barb (cousin), so so sorry to hear of this, our sympathy to all of your family, our prayers will be with you.

  23. Sarah Ball says:

    So sorry to hear this devastating news. Alan, Cassie, Callie
    and I are all heartbroken with this new. Our prayers are with you. Sarah Ball

  24. Felicia Humphrey says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of a beautiful person. Lisa welcomed me with open arms during my time in Savannah. She was kind and caring. She was many things to me: a mentor, a friend, an older sister. She took care of me in times of need. She had a huge heart which will live on with Emily.

    My prayers go out to Jay, Emily and the rest of the family. May the light shine bright on you all again, very soon.

    And Lisa… I will miss you dearly.

  25. Lew & Joanne Pauley & family says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all that knew and loved her. Lisa will be remembered for her kind & gentle ways with our daughters as their babysitter. She had a way about her that left all that knew her happy to call her a friend. Rest in peace sweet Lisa. May the One who presides over us all, hold you in the palm of His hands.

  26. Paige Powers says:

    I had the pleasure of living with Lisa for three years at Wellesley. She was an extremely kind, thoughtful, loyal friend with whom I shared so many experiences. I hope someday to share with Emily the many fond memories I have of her mother…her sense of humor, tolerance, persistence. She will be greatly missed.

  27. Nerina & Tim Rickborn says:

    Jay and Emily, We were heartbroken when we heard the news. Lisa was such a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew her. I am lucky to have known her. How I wish I had picked up the phone more often…we always think there will be time tomorrow. Lisa will always be watching over you with a smile filled with her never ending love and optimism. Nerina & Tim Rickborn, Mount Pleasant, SC

  28. Lisa THomas says:

    Jay, Emily, Bob and Barbara, I was devastated today to learn this morning that Lisa passed away. I have known and respected Lisa for many years- I was honored to provide her legal counsel beginning from her early days as a physician, and her friend, as we developed that relationship over time. Lisa was always guided by what was right and fair and best for all. I will miss her intelligence, enthusiasm, optimism, and positive outlook on life. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your family in this time of sorrow. She was a truly remarkable woman in so many ways. Lisa

  29. DSI DIALYSIS says:

    We wish to extended our heart felt sympathy to all family members of Dr. Lisa Stewart. It was an honor to have Dr. Stewart as our medical director. We appreciated her caring, sensitive, and attentive style that she always displayed to DSI staff and patients. She had an awesome sense of humor, and an easy going personality that made working with her more than just a job. She will be greatly missed, and we will keep her in our hearts, and in our prayers.

  30. Flo Hutchison says:

    I am so sad to hear about Lisa’s loss. I work closely with her during her fellowship here and was so proud of what she accomplished in her practice. She was a wonderful person and even as a resident was one of those physicians who could seamlessly combine the art with the science of medicine. I know she will be missed by many.

  31. Jackie Robinson says:

    I’m extending my deepest sympathy to you and your family Dr. Jay Whittle for your loss, and hoping that comfort and peace
    may come to you.

  32. Patty Dixon says:

    May God wrap his loving arms around Dr. Stewart and give her comfort and peace. I am so glad I had the opportunity to get to know her through Pruitt Health Hospice, she was a very dedicated and caring physician and we will miss her.

    My prayers go out to her family and all who knew and loved her.

    Patty Dixon

  33. Dave and Janice Jackson says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Lisa’s family and friends. She was a sweet girl and although we lost contact with the Stewart family after our Ft. Wayne days, I’m sure she was a sweet and wonderful young woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

  34. Yael Elfassy says:

    My deepest sympathy and love sent to Dr Whittle and their beautiful daughter during this difficult time. May family and strength surround you during this difficult time.

  35. Basil and Dacota says:

    Lisa was my older cousin. we lost touch over the years but got to talk a bit on Facebook. Aunt Barb and Uncle Bob should know that Lisa is in good hands with Grandma Grandpa , Alice and Uncle Basil. You have our deepest sympathy from me and my daughter.

    Cross Country hugs to you guys

    Love Basil and Dacota

  36. walter hale says:

    Thank you for your sacrifice to serving your fellow man…… all the people that may not have been aware of your service…….by your definition….and by your commitment to medicine…….you served all….again…..thank you…….just one of many…..thank you……..

  37. Valerie Slone, RN says:

    I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard of Dr Stewart’s passing. She always came to the clinic with a smile and a big heart. The staff at Coastal Dialysis and her patients will sorely miss her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  38. Karen Baker says:

    I am so saddened by hearing of Lisa’s passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I will treasure the memories of watching our daughters dance with princesses together. My deepest sympathy to Jay and Emily as well as the rest of her family.

  39. Sandy Snyder says:

    Rose Ellen Marquart, Barb Fyock and myself pray that you feel God’s arms wrapped around you and all your family members. You are in our prayers and know that your faith will sustain you. We will remember the fond memories of Lisa at Messiah. All our love, Sandy Snyder

  40. Shelley Seitz says:

    I will always remember Lisa as one of the sweetest, most kind, intelligent, genuine friends of my childhood. My thoughts and prayers go to her friends and family.

  41. Lisa Hoover says:

    I have lost a great friend! You were one of the most beautiful people I ever knew inside and out. I miss you. I promise to keep Evan and Emily Best Friends and to give her plenty of hugs for you. I wish comfort for Jay, Emily and your entire family. You are so loved!

  42. Diana Diffendarfer Clark says:

    Words cannot express the the exceptional loss of an exceptional woman, person, and friend (not to mention, daughter, sister, wife and mother). You are loved by so many and touched so many lives – your genuine personality, constant consideration for others and contagious smile & laught are but a few of the many things that will be missed. My heart goes out to your family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  43. Rolyn (boo) Ring says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Lisa’s family; I am devastated by the loss of my dear friend and physician. Dr. Stewart saved my life by getting me into the Mayo Clinic for treatment ten months ago, and I will be forever grateful.

    Lisa will be missed, but as there are never good answers when something like this happens to someone so young and has devoted her career to helping others, so I have to believe this is her reward and that she is in a better place and we are the ones left to weep and mourn her passing

    Rest in peace Lisa.

  44. Virginia Ackerman Jones says:

    Our thoughts, prayers, and love are sent with our deepest sympathy to our cousins, Barb, Bob, Susan, and Amy and their extended families as well as to all of Lisa’s many friends and those she touched through her career. May God wrap you in His arms and comfort you at this sad time. from John & Helen Ackerman and their daughters, Virginia, Penny, and Nancy and their families

  45. Joan McLane says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Lisa’s passing. She was a vibrant and joyful spirit and just an all around beautiful woman. Lisa was the best roommate and a great traveling companion. I will always have fond memories of our trip to Ireland. My heart breaks for her entire family and my heartfelt condolences go out to all of her family and friends.

  46. Lindsay says:

    Jay, my heart is breaking for you and your daughter. Please know that our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  47. William & Carol Hawkins says:

    We are so saddened about the news of Lisa`s passing. She was a great person, physician & friend. She diagnosed my husband when none of the other Drs. could figure it out & made sure we got the help we needed. Our condolences to all her family at this difficult time, we will keep you in our prayers, She will be sadly missed here on earth, but we will all be reunited one day & I know God has a special halo for her. God bless you all.

  48. Maria & Ron Austin says:

    Our hearts ache for the Stewarts and all who knew and loved Lisa. Our thoughts and prayers for all her family and friends as they try to cope with this tragic loss. May your faith give you strength and may you find comfort knowing Lisa is in the arms of our Lord. God’s Blessings to you all.

  49. Francine Robin, RN says:

    My love and prayers are with Dr. Stewart’s family. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. I was privileged to take care of Emily & Dr. Stewart after Emily birth.
    Lisa will live on in the hearts and souls of her family who will dearly miss her.

    Francine Engel Robin, RN

  50. Sharon Symonds says:

    When I met Lisa I was impressed by her kind smile and gracious way she handled herself. She will be missed by so many people. Please know that family and friends are here to support you with this tragic loss.

  51. Marshall Rainge says:

    I just received a letter from her former practice informing me of her passing. I am devastated! She treated me for a rare kidney disease and words cannot express the level of care and compassion she exhibited over the past 4 years. My deepest sympathies to all who knew her but especially the family.

  52. J. Scott Edwards says:

    My deepest sympathies and condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. She was an exceptional lady. My heart and prayers go out to her family. God Bless.

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