Member Spotlight: Stephen Knaus, MD


Stephen Knaus, MD
Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director
St. Vincent Hospital & Health Care Center

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

I joined AAIM in 2009 after assuming the role as associate program director with a focus on ambulatory education. 

Describe your typical day.

Each week I staff our residency clinic, see patients in my private practice, and do administrative work as an APD and Clinic Director. I lead our ambulatory curriculum and primary care track and really enjoy working to optimize ambulatory medicine experiences for our residents. 

What is your favorite part of the job?

Working with our fantastic residents and faculty. The opportunity to positively impact our trainees (and be positively impacted by them) each day is the fuel that keeps me going and overrides the inevitable and real challenges in our line of work. Direct patient care is also a joy and an equally satisfying part of my job. It fulfills my need to have those longitudinal relationships with patients, work through diagnostic dilemmas and allows me to build and maintain my skills as a teacher.

How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?

I have learned so much from the workshops at AAIM meetings. Practical tips from presenters have been taken home and incorporated, and presentations have enriched our faculty development, evaluations, and conferences. Collaboration with poster presenters and workshop leaders has been tremendously enriching during and after the meetings. 

What’s your favorite moment of your career so far?

Witnessing resident physicians develop from new interns to independent internists with successful practices. Witnessing patients improve their health.

What was your childhood dream job?

I wanted to be a major league baseball player until about 4th grade. By then I realized that I was not an athlete and that I had better pay attention in class! In adolescence, I considered accounting and optometry but by high school graduation decided that medicine was the path for me. I haven’t once regretted that decision.

How do you spend your free time?

I absolutely love hiking in the western United States, particularly in our national parks. Give me crisp mountain air and a trail and I am at my happiest. At home in the Midwest, I enjoy running, attending or watching Indy area sporting events, cooking (on weekends only!) and playing racquet sports.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I despise reading owners manuals, which contributes to me keeping electronics, vehicles, and appliances much longer than most people. I’ve owned my current vehicle for 12 years and counting.