Michael P. Stevens, MD
Dr Michael Stevens was born and raised in West Los Angeles. He left LA to attend UC Berkeley and majored in Comparative literature (French/English). While at Berkeley, he experienced Clinical medicine when he became the first male counsellor at the University hospital Contraception Clinic. He subsequently volunteered Saturday nights in the ER at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
After graduation, he moved back to LA and volunteered at the UCLA ER. While there, a physician suggested he go back to medical school. He attended Santa Monica City College for pre-med courses. He applied to Medical school in his late twenties but was not accepted initially. Instead, he went to Mexico, took a 12-week course in Spanish and started his Medical career at the Autonoma Universidad of Guadalajara. After two years, he transferred to Boston University School of Medicine to finish his schooling. His internship and residency were at Kaiser San Francisco followed by a Fellowship in Rheumatology at UCSF.
After completion of his Rheumatology Fellowship at UCSF, Dr Stevens stayed in the Clinical faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor helping train Residents and Fellows in the Rheumatology Clinic over the next thirteen years. In 1992, he purchased his current Rheumatology practice in San Mateo. Dr Stevens had been a solo practitioner in Rheumatology for 25 years when he asked Dr Bryan Gescuk to join him at the end of 2017.
While president of the Northern CA Rheumatology Alliance, Dr Stevens founded the Statewide California Rheumatology Alliance (CRA) in 2004. The CRA is a professional organization comprising rheumatologists in California dedicated to patient access to Rheumatology care. He served as President of the CRA from 2004–2010.
During his presidency at the CRA, Dr Stevens was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations (CSRO) in 2004. The CSRO is a national group of practicing rheumatologists who advocate in Washington DC at the federal level to promote patient access to medical care. He served as president of this organization 2015-2018.
Dr Stevens is married to a Pediatrician, has two sons, enjoys golf, cooking, travel and fine wines. The staff at San Mateo Rheumatology have been with him for many, many years. We feel this is the best testament of all to the positive experience of working with Dr Stevens whose wit, dry sense of humor and easy going manner make working at SMR a pleasure.