Stephen M. Butler, M.D., FACS was born in Utica, New York and moved with his family to Kansas City in 1970. There he attended Rockhurst High School, a Jesuit Preparatory School, and entered the six year combined B.A./M.D. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City directly from high school.
He graduated from with his Medical Doctorate in 1985 and completed a General Surgical Residency from 1985-90 followed by a Fellowship in Laparoendoscopic surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital of the Case Western Reserve system. He practiced briefly in Hannibal, MO and then accepted a practice opportunity in Plant City, FL, near Tampa, where he has been since 1992. Dr. Butler operates a second office in nearby Lakeland, FL with his associate Dr. Jill Roehr, M.D.
Dr. Butler currently serves on his hospital’s medical staff leadership, and has held every elected office in his specialty at both hospitals. He has served on the steering committees for the development and construction of the new Emergency Room and Operating Suite at South Florida Baptist Hospital, as well as on their intermediate and long term strategic planning team. He serves on the Foundation Board of Saint Leo Abbey, in Florida. Dr. Butler is married to Joyce Elaine, and their residence is adjacent to Saint Leo University and Abbey.
Dr. Butler has served on the Board of the Saint Benedict Education Foundation since August of 2007, having been appointed following his trip to Rome for Ash Wednesday 2007.
“I am passionate about my involvement with the Foundation,” he said, “because Sant’ Anselmo and the International Benedictine University serve the educational needs of religious men and women throughout the world. It is through that education and our faith that we will bring meaningful change to an imperiled world.”