Dr. Stevens moved to Hawaii in 1986. He felt Hawaii was the perfect place to live and raise his two children. He started his ophthalmic practice at Straub Clinic and Hospital and moved to his current location in 1991 for solo practice. Dr. Stevens has been practicing in Hawaii for over 20 years. He believes in personalized one-on-one eye care. The office provides a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Besides performing comprehensive eye examinations, he and his staff fit fashion eyewear and contact lenses. He also travels regularly to Laie on the North Shore of Oahu to see patients who have difficulty coming to his downtown office.
He is an accomplished board-certified ophthalmologist and eye surgeon providing quality eye care to patients of all ages, from infancy to over 100 years old. He has extensive experience treating complicated ocular diseases. He has also performed countless successful cataract extractions, corneal transplants, pterygium removals, eye cancer surgeries, lasers, and other ocular procedures. He is well regarded by his medical colleagues and is frequently called on to diagnose and manage cases of complex ocular surface and corneal diseases. His state-of-the-art approach in pterygium surgery is widely recognized to yield world-class results. He finds performing challenging surgeries rewarding and always tries to achieve the best results. Most of his surgeries are performed in the Same Day Surgery facility at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dr. Stevens is a fourth-generation physician. Having been raised by country doctor parents, he understands caring and compassion. His daughter is currently in medical school. He once performed a corneal transplant on a blind Vietnam War veteran. The next day when the eye patch was removed Dr. Stevens was in the room to see the corneal recipient gaze on his wife’s face for the very first time. Witnessing the reaction on his patient’s face was absolutely priceless! That is the kind of reward Dr. Stevens receives. He loves to help people to see well. Improving and restoring vision is truly his vision. Every day Dr. Stevens is so grateful to be able to make a difference in a patient’s life: to help him read, drive, travel, or fulfill a lifelong dream.
Dr. Stevens grew up in Kansas and was Valedictorian of his Garnett High School class. After graduating from the University of Kansas as Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry, he attended a top medical school in the country, Johns Hopkins, where he graduated in the top five percent of the class and was inducted into the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.
He received his ophthalmology training at the premier Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed a two-year cornea and external ocular disease fellowship at Harvard School of Medicine, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. There he was granted an Individual National Research Service Award and a prestigious Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship.
Serving his community as a volunteer, Dr. Stevens has been Medical Director of the Hawaii Lions Eye Bank and Makana Foundation since 1986. In that position he works to ensure safe and effective donor cornea collection, processing, and preservation for human transplantation. His educational efforts go beyond his clinic – a recent interview on eye care education was aired on PBS radio and local television programs. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, John A. Burns School of Medicine at University of Hawaii, and in that capacity has educated and supported many medical students throughout the years. Being an educator also runs in the family as his son teaches university writing. Dr. Stevens is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Consultant for Tripler Army Medical Center. He has also been active in the Hawaii Medical Association, Honolulu County Medical Society, and Hawaii Ophthalmological Society, holding various offices and serving on committees.
Having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, Dr. Stevens is an outdoorsman. He loves riding his motorcycle to work and taking long rides on the weekend. He likes to do home improvement projects, or build beautiful koa wood furniture. He also enjoys cooking and traveling. His regular workout is in the Honolulu Club. If you see him there, come by and say, “Hi.”
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