Dr. William R. Stevens, MD

Dr. William R. Stevens, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
55 y/o
106 reviews

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  • AARP
  • Accountable Health Plans of America
  • Ameriben
  • American Republic
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
  • AZ Benefit Options
  • AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC)
  • Banner Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CopperPoint Mutual
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Choice of Arizona
  • Health Net

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Care Philosophy

At Center for Spinal Disorders, our thoughtful approach to spinal problems means that you are not just another procedure. We begin with you, the patient. Our first goal is to understand how your back, neck and orthopaedic problems impact your life. We then create a treatment plan tailored to you as an individual and designed to improve your quality of life based on your needs - not just the available technology. Our surgical and rehabilitation specialists work as a team to get you the best possible result - whether that means minimally invasive surgery, standard back surgery or no surgery at all.Read more

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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (23)
in Phoenix AZ |
Dr Stevens is an amazing surgeon, and I wouldn't trust my spine to anyone else! His office staff is courteous and efficient, and NP Sana Shuttari is great!
in Phoenix, AZ |
Excellent treatment. I highly recommend him and his team.
in Chandler, AZ |
Sana was very very thorough with my exam was very likeable.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Horrible!! Dr. Stevens is incredibly rude and unbelievably condescending. The way he talked down to me was nothing short of amazing. I wouldn't trust anyone with my life that has such obvious contempt. The people in his office are also snippy and rude (with the exception of the girl at the front desk) so either he hires people like him or they feel they can be that way because the doctor is that way with people. In in case I would avoid him at all costs! Find someone that actually cares.
in Mesa, AZ |
Very easy to talk to and understand.
in Rio Verde, AZ |
Dr. Stevens changed my whole life!! I was in the hospital with a broken back when I first met Dr. Stevens & I had already had 5 spinal fusions. I was in constant pain & was bent over like à little old lady! I was so limited in what I could do or where I could go, my life was totally spent on trying to deal with unbearable pain on a daily basis. Since my surgery by Dr. Stevens I have been pain free for the first time in 30 years!!! My life is totally changed for the better! Thank you!!
Scottsdale, AZ |
NP Sana Shuttari was rude and condescending. She said my injury was too old for consideration. Did not order a bone scan which would have been the next step . Another surgeon ordered one and determined injury was not old. Had a Kyphoplasty last week (cement) on my L3. Referred me only for more PT even though treatment had been suspended because of my pain level. She should not be in a position to judge and has the ability to ruin Dr. Steven's reputation. He should not use a NP .
in Sahuarita, AZ |
I went to Dr. Stevens for scoliosis. I was bent to the side at a 65 degree angle. I was in so much pain I would go home from work and sit on the floor and cry and wish to die. When I saw Dr. Stevens he was very kind and explained everything to me. I had my surgery and could not believe how easy my recovery was. Dr. Stevens and his staff have been great, always! I have recommended him to many people. I would not go anywhere else. Both my husband and I have the highest regard for him.
in Buckeye, az |
He's upfront realistic after chiro told my son his football career was over Dr Steven's did tests and reassured us that's not the case. If your soft hearted you won't like him he's very blunt. Thank you Doc for helping my boy!!
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Stevens saved my life! Broke my neck & back in multiple placed. Other Docs fused me from C3 to T9. They botched surgery & I was going to be paralyzed from chest down. No other Dr. would touch me. Dr. Stevens did corrective surgery and saved my legs. When one of those rods later broke, he repaired it. Have recommended him to several people. Some get upset when he tells them that they don't need surgery. He can be very direct. I respect that in a surgeon! I will forever be grateful him.
in Chandler, AZ |
Ref'd to Stevens as specialist. PA-rude/demeaning. Would never go back. Told daughter's scoliosis (42 deg) is a non-issue/doesn't need treatment bc no pain in sitting. Said: she is a dancer/athlete; she needs to learn to determine her threshold for pain and perform accordingly. That is what athletes do. If she doesn't understand, then she should watch the Cardinals. My daughter dances through excruciating pain. To imply she isn't was ill-advised/born of ignorance. Then wants to monitor her?! NO!
in San tan valley, az |
Well my whole experience with his staff was wonderful I arrived a little late but they still managed to squeeze me in most doctor's office won't do that. Dr. Stevens was wonderful, he listened to all of my concerns he was upfront and forward with me he may or may not be able to help me with my condition, but he's going to run some tests. What I liked about him is that he was a very genuine concern doctor that took his time with me did not rush my appointment thank you Dr Stevens..
in Phoenix, AZ |
I saw Dr Stevens following a back injury that occurred after I had Harrington rods placed in my back. The injury resulted in a broken Harrington rod. At first, he insisted I would need surgery. Then, he changed his mind the week before I was scheduled for surgery, after I had moved around my school schedule. I sustained a second injury to the same location. He said surgery is only for unstable breaks. Even though the break is causing so much pain and swelling, he told me to find another doctor.
in Scottsdale, AZ |
The rudest, coldest physician I have ever dealt with. My wife and I waited 3 1/2 hours to be seen with no apology. Was rude to my wife, spoke to both of us as if we were beneath him and would not look us in the eyes when speaking. Staff was equally rude. Only went back the second time to review an MRI he ordered. What a rotten experience!
in Mesa, AZ |
Love Dr. Stevens and his staff. Always know he is going to tell it like it is with me. The staff is also so great. Friendly and always remembers me. Thanks Doc!
Apache Junction, AZ |
Dr. Stevens and Rebecca Rosemann are the BEST in the world at their profession!! Hands down! I was fused from L2-L5 by Dr. Stevens in 2006. I developed a different issue in 2013. I was fused then from S1-T10. During the surgery, he found I had bulging discs in my neck. He addressed this issue. After the surgery, my back issues were resolved. On my road to recovery, I got infected with MRSA. Having had it treated for several months. I was back to recovery again, only to have another issue with my
in Phoenix, AZ |
This doctor made my life worse, not better. He misdiagnosed me.
in Morenci az |
This place was horrible. Never saw dr Stevens and only was able to see his pa which would have been fine if she would have listened to me for even for five minutes. All they wanted to do was send me to pain management which I could not do. Didn't take the time to listen to anything o had to say or even listen to the symptoms I was having. Had second opinion with another specialist who actually listened. Turns out I had the massive herniated discs and pain management wouldn't have helped at all
in Prescott Valley, Az |
He perform 2 surgeries last year 2015. After the loss of my baby boy. Back & neck. I Wish I WALK AWAY THE FIRST TIME I have the consultation with him. I Have so much to say . That they're is not enough space and so is Rebecca & staff. I am not a person that would harm or say this. But PLEASE DONT ALLOW TO HAVE ANYYHING DONE BY HIM. Shame on you Dr' and staff
in Goodyear, AZ |
As a Ph.D. biostatistician & Registered Nurse, I found both the PA & Dr. Stevens to be the WORST,coldest & most careless health care providers I have ever encountered as a patient. I was insulted, told to take injections of pain & steroid medications and undergo physical therapy, the latter of which had no efficacy whatsoever when done in the past since I became disabled after a MVA. The doctor actually said he didn't have time to discuss matters further when I refused the meds. Appalliing!
We met with his PA Rebecca she didn't even examine my daughter who has severe scoliosis just referred her to physical therapy. Thank god we found Dr Michael Chang who surgically corrected the 50 degree curve in her spine. If she had waited on surgery Dr Chang said the curve in her spine would have eventually crushed her internal organs. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PRACTICE!!
Glendale, AZ |
he doesnt like talking to me. he sat right beside me and talked to his PA and talked to her and she talked to me. but he refused to discuss my treatment plan knowing i am in need of multi surgeries
in Tonto Basin, AZ |
Dr. Stevens came to my appointment sick with the flu. He seemed very annoyed at my questions and obviously didn't want to be there. He should have stayed home. A complete waste of my time and money.
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Dr. Stevens' Care Philosophy

At Center for Spinal Disorders, our thoughtful approach to spinal problems means that you are not just another procedure. We begin with you, the patient. Our first goal is to understand how your back, neck and orthopaedic problems impact your life. We then create a treatment plan tailored to you as an individual and designed to improve your quality of life based on your needs - not just the available technology. Our surgical and rehabilitation specialists work as a team to get you the best possible result - whether that means minimally invasive surgery, standard back surgery or no surgery at all.

Dr. Stevens' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Arizona not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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    Dr. Stevens has no media or publications listed.

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


  • Medical School
    Brown University / Alpert Medical School

    Graduated in 1987

  • Internship Hospital
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Residency Hospital
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of California Hospitals

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy