Steven Writer is a cardiologist with a heart that is the epitome of an amazing physician. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he arrived in Boise in 1977 at the brand-new UW sponsored residency at the Boise VA. At that time, residents lived on the VA grounds. A couple of years later, he started as faculty and acting chief of medicine there doing teaching and research.
His time as resident and chief at VAMC instilled a lifelong passion for Boise and educating trainees. This commitment is reflected in receiving ten best teacher awards over many years. Eventually he was honored to become a clinical professor of medicine by the University of Washington. He shipped off to the University of Utah for a couple of years to pursue a fellowship in cardiology, returning to Boise in 1984.
For the past several years, he has been involved with evaluating and studying Boise fire fighters and police to detect early coronary artery disease. More deaths among this population occur because of cardiovascular disease than fire or violence related deaths. Special testing including CT coronary calcium scores and exercise testing has been the key to this research on 200 participants. He considers the practice of medicine and specifically cardiology to be a great privilege and is known takes time to explain to patients what is going on with them in a helpful and inspirational way.
Writer cites Dr. David Hindson as a strong mentor and influencer in his life, one now remembered as a great teacher. Dr. Hindson was the sponsor of the Boise VAMC Winter Clinics annual conference, which is now named after him.
Dr. Writer practices at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group and presented at the 2019 ACMS Winter Clinics on PFO closure for Secondary Stroke Prevention. He is an avid bike rider who can be found frequently in the Boise foothills.