Merrill Stewart is an academic non-invasive cardiologist at Ochsner Medical Center, a senior lecturer in the University of Queensland School of Medicine, and associate program director of the cardiology fellowship. He has a long-standing interest in music, having been a member of the Indian Springs Chamber Choir, performed in several bands in undergraduate and graduate school, and currently plays several stringed instruments. He studied fine art in undergraduate school in Sewanee, Tennessee, with an emphasis on large format photography and film. Following a year in South America working as a teacher, he went to the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and moved to New Orleans in 2012 for residency in internal medicine at Tulane Medical School. He then did a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute before joining Ochsner as staff. Dr. Stewart has active research in areas including coronary artery disease and myocardial blood flow, hypertension, and patient engagement-based health outcomes. He continues to stay active artistically having filmed and produced several music videos for local bands. He looks forward to helping promote and support the Birdfoot Festival in years to come.