A native of Visalia, Dr. Stevens attended Mt. Whitney High School. His family still resides there today. He graduated from UCLA with Honors in 1976 and earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry. Continuing with his education, he attended medical school at UCLA where he graduated with an M.D. degree in 1980. He served his internship in general surgery at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco where he was also a resident in surgery from 1980-1987. He served as chief resident in general surgery at UCSF in 1987-88. During his general surgical residency, he received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute for Health and performed original research at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at UCSF from 1983-86. Based on this research, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Anatomy from UCLA in 1986.
After completion of full residency training in general surgery, Dr. Stevens received advanced specialized training in plastic surgery at the renowned The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (1988-90) located in New York City. He trained at several well-known Manhattan hospitals under the instruction of some of the best known and highly respected plastic surgeons in the world. He also served as a Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery during this period of time at the New York University School of Medicine.