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Rio Bravo Cancer Center

Diagnosis & Treatment

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Dr. Vinh-Linh Nguyen, MD to Rio Bravo Cancer Center

We are very happy to announce that Dr. Vinh-Linh Nguyen is now providing Medical Oncology services to patients at Rio Bravo Cancer Center.

He brings with him more than 20 yrs of experience in Hematology and Oncology treatment and is committed to providing compassionate personalized care.

Minds that Cure. Hearts that Care.

What You

Can Expect

Cutting-Edge Cancer Therapies

Our cutting edge cancer therapies are used to treat kidney cancer, breast cancer, bone cancer, brain cancer, CNS cancer, head and neck cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer, just to name a few.


Scientific Evidence Based Treatment

Our team of oncologists provides only the most innovative and proven cancer fighting radiation therapies as one part of an overall comprehensive cancer treatment program.

Technology to Minimize Side Effects

We are committed to delivering radiation only as long as healthy surrounding tissue remains undamaged.

Compassionate Care

Our team is devoted to providing a warm compassionate environment to allow our patients the best opportunity to heal.

Elekta Versa HD

The Elekta Versa HD is Kern County’s newest linear accelerator.

It has advanced radiation capabilities like no other machine in the region. It can treat classic 3-D conformal radiotherapy to advanced stereotactic radiation therapy.

Meet Our Oncologists

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Ajay Desai, M.D.

Director of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Ajay Desai is a board-certified radiation oncologist. Before joining Rio Bravo Cancer Center, he served the Bakersfield community for over 20 years as the first in Kern County to provide Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), the Prostate Seed Implant Program, and Mammosite Brachytherapy Treatment.

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Vinh-Linh Nguyen, M.D.

Director of Medical Oncology

Dr. Nguyen was an organic chemist by trade, with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Organic Chemistry, and interestingly, he also earned a minor degree in French Literature, from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in 1994, summa cum laude. He accepted the invitation to join University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for all his medical training, despite having many options. His primary reason was that in 1993, Robert Casey, the governor of Pennsylvania had had his double kidney and liver transplant at the University of Pittsburgh.

Oncologist Doctor Alexander Gaitanis.

Dr. Alexander Gaitanis


Dr. Alexander Gaitanis is a board-certified Oncologist and Internal Medicine physician by the American Board of Medical Oncology and National Board of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Gaitanis received his undergraduate degree from Thomas Jefferson University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. He then attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his Post- Baccalaureate degree in Bio-Medical Sciences followed by his medical degree. He then went on to complete his Internship and Internal Medicine residency. This was followed by an Oncology/Hematology fellowship at the University of Florida. In addition to his clinical training, he spent a year at the University of Tennessee Department of Medicine as an Internal Medicine physician between his residency and fellowship.

Dr. Gaitanis has received numerous awards during his educational and teaching career, including the Resident Research award, and is a published author in the field of cancer nanotechnology.

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Dr. Behnood Khodayari

Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Behnood Khodayari is a radiation oncologist with clinical expertise in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT/SABR), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) which allows him to take care of the most complex cases. He is an active member of multiple national societies, presenter at national conferences, and active in the research community with publications for multiple types of cancer. He takes pride in remaining on the frontier of cancer care advancements and offering his patients the most modern and up-to-date therapies and protocols.

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