Peter Dunsmore Stevens, M.D., who graduated from Columbia College and P&S then stayed at Columbia for residency, fellowship, and a faculty appointment, died Aug. 13, 2011, at age 49. He was associate professor of clinical medicine-digestive and liver diseases and director of endoscopy at Columbia University Medical Center.
A 1987 graduate of P&S, Dr. Stevens completed his internship and residency at Columbia, followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology. During his third year of fellowship, he focused on developing skills in ERCP, EUS, and interventional endoscopy and joined the faculty in the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases as the first dedicated interventional endoscopist. Dr. Stevens later became chief of interventional endoscopy and director of the endoscopy unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. He was recognized as one of the premier interventional endoscopists in the United States.
Dr. Stevens’ research focused on the development of new endoscopic techniques for pancreatic and biliary disease. He helped develop minimally invasive techniques for treating pancreatic and biliary disease, pioneering single-operator cholangioscopy and making this technique a standard of care. He was also the first gastroenterologist in New York to help perform natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery. An active member of many professional societies, Dr. Stevens was a past president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and he founded the NYSGE course for advanced fellows.
Dr. Stevens had a passion for medical education and welcomed every opportunity to impart his knowledge to other physicians and students at all levels of experience. He established the interventional endoscopic fellowship at Columbia, and many of his trainees have gone on to prominent faculty positions as interventional endoscopists.
Dr. Stevens is survived by his wife, Amy Stevens’89, his son, Sam (Columbia College’15), and his daughter, Christina. A memorial service for Dr. Stevens is being planned.
The October 2011 issue of Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, the independent monthly newspaper for gastroenterologists, included a notice of Dr. Stevens’ death. Read it here.