Dennis L. Stevens, MD, PhD - Infectious Diseases

Dr. Dennis L. Stevens reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Stevens is Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Stevens is a world-renowned expert in the field of infectious disease. He is widely published and an active speaker.

Dr. Stevens is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control on severe invasive Group A streptococcal infections. He has received the Infectious Disease Society of America's "Society Citation Award" for his work with bacterial pathogens.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty in Infectious Diseases

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Necrotizing Fasciitis
Toxic Shock Syndrome


MD: University of Utah College of Medicine, 1971
Internship: Department of Medicine, University of Utah Medical Center, 1971-1972
Residency: Department of Medicine, University of Utah Medical Center, 1972-1974
Fellowship: Infectious Disease Service, Department of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center, 1977-1979

Academic Appointments

Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, 1992-present

Hospital Affiliations

Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Boise, Idaho

Professional Affiliations

American College of Physicians (Fellow)
Association of American Physicians
Infectious Disease Society of America (Fellow)

Selected Publications

  1. Stevens DL, Wallace RJ, Hamilton SM, Brayant AE (2006). Successful treatment of staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome with linezolid: Case report and in vitro evaluation of TSST-1 production in the presence of antibiotics. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 42(5): 729-730.
  2. Bryant AE, Bayer CR, Huntington JD, Stevens DL (2006). Group A streptococcal myonecrosis: Increased vimentin expression following skeletal muscle injury mediates the binding of S. pyogenes. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 193(12): 1685-1692.
  3. Nguygen HB, Rivers EP, Abrahamian FM, Moran GJ, Abraham E, Trzeciak S, Huang DT, Osborn T, Stevens D, Talan DA, ED-SEPSIS Working Group (2006). Severe sepsis and septic shock: Review of the literature and emergency department management guidelines. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 48(1): 28-54.
  4. Aldape MJ, Bryant AE, Stevens DL (2006). Clostridium sordellii infections: Epidemiology, clinical findings and current perspectives on diagnosis and treatment. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 43(11): 1436-1446.
  5. Stevens DL, Ma Y, Salmi DB, McIndoo E, Wallace RJ, Bryant AE (2007). Impact of sub-inhibitory concentrations of antibiotics on expression of virulence-associated exotoxin genes in methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 195(2): 202-211.

Financial Disclosure

The final approval of Healthwise content is always made by a clinician with no financial conflicts.

Dr. Stevens has received research support from Arpida Ltd., Cubist Pharmaceuticals, F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd., and Pfizer Inc.