Dr. David Stevens is the Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the nation’s largest faith-based organization of doctors. Dr. Stevens, as spokesman for 16,000 doctors, has conducted thousands of media interviews, including CBS Evening News, ABC World News, MSNBC, BBC-World Television, CNN Sunday Morning, Newsweek, FOX News, PAX-Television, Tech TV, Associated Press, JAMA, USA Today, Family News in Focus, National Public Radio and many other national outlets.
Prior to his service with CMDA, Dr. Stevens served as medical director of Samaritan’s Purse. In Somalia, Dr. Stevens led an emergency medical team that treated 45,000 suffering Somalis in the midst of war. In the Sudan, medical teams under his leadership treated over 25,000 villagers to stop the spread of an epidemic.
From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Stevens was a missionary doctor at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya where he served as Medical Superintendent and Executive Officer. At Tenwek, he directed a $4 million development plan, secured the installation of an $850,000 hydroelectric plant, oversaw the start of a nursing school and doubled the size of the hospital. The community health care and development programs he designed at Tenwek are currently reaching over 100,000 Kenyans and serves as an example of what medical outreach in the developing world can accomplish.
Dr. Stevens’ experiences provide rich illustrations for inspirational and educational presentations at seminars, medical schools, conferences, and churches. His topics include stem cell research, human cloning, genetics, faith and health, physician assisted suicide, international and community based health care, emergency medical relief, abortion and other medically related subjects. He is the author of Jesus, MD: A Doctor Examines the Great Physician, Beyond Medicine: What Else You Need to Know to Be a Healthcare Missionary, co-author of Leadership Proverbs: Wisdom for Today's Leaders, a contributor for East TN Medical News and writes many chapters and magazine articles. He is in demand to preach in local churches and at mission conferences.
Dr. Stevens holds degrees from Asbury University, is an AOA graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2002 and serves on the board of World Gospel Mission and is vice chair of the board of Asbury University. He has regularly taught at the Christian Medical & Dental Associations' educational seminars for missionary physicians and dentists in Kenya, Malaysia, and other forums. He currently serves as a Fellow of the Biotechnology Policy Council of the Wilberforce Forum. Dr. Stevens and his wife, Jody, have a son, Jason, and two daughters, Jessica and Stacy and four grandchildren.
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is a national organization of Christian doctors that seeks to change hearts in healthcare. Founded in 1931, CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on health care issues; conducts overseas and domestic healthcare projects; coordinates a network of Christian doctors for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student organizations in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; holds marriage and family conferences; provides international doctors with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. CMDA was voted as one of the Best Christian Places to Work, a study commissioned by Christianity Today.