Rio Bravo Cancer Center
Minds that Cure. Hearts that Care.
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
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.
Dr. Ajay Desai
Department 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.
Dr. Alexander Gaitanis
Director of Hematology/Oncology
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.
Dr. Behnood Khodayari
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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