A Chicago, Ill., native, Dr. Behar knew at age six he wanted to be a doctor, although no one in his family had a medical background. In fact, his father, a Cuban businessman who fled Castro’s regime to start over, worked as many as four jobs to establish a home for his family of five.

When he won the Chicago City Science Fair his freshman year in high school, Dr. Behar attracted the attention of several physicians on the faculty of the University of Chicago School of Medicine. Through one’s assistance, he made early application to the university, and was admitted at age 16. He then bypassed an additional year of college by passing early entrance exams. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors at age 19, and became the youngest medical student in his class at the University of Chicago.

After a one-year internship at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago, Dr. Behar was accepted to the Radiation Oncology residency program at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. In addition to being noted for its overall academic and clinical excellence, Stanford is the place where the linear accelerator -- a major technological advance in radiation therapy -- was originally developed. Studying under the tutelage of faculty who were radiation oncology pioneers, Dr. Behar was named chief resident of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the recipient of The American Cancer Society Fellowship in Clinical Oncology (1990-1991).

From that auspicious academic training, Dr. Behar joined Radiology Associates of Hollywood, Inc., a large Florida physician group, and became assistant vice president for Brachytherapy. As part of that association, he was director of Brachytherapy at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, and on the clinical faculty in radiation oncology at the University of Miami.

In 1993, Dr. Behar moved to Houston to become medical director of the new Spring Branch Radiation Oncology Center at Spring Branch Medical Center in Houston, TX. He subsequently created the Western Radiation Oncology Associates. Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Behar is an international lecturer and published author.

Robert A. Behar, M.D.