His average work day is 16 hours and
50 patients long.
With a pressing schedule and an ever-ringing office
phone, Robert Behar maintains a soft-spoken image as
medical director of the recently of opened Conroe Regional
Behar came to Texas three years ago from Florida to
establish a cancer center in the Houston area. After
getting two such centers off the ground, he was contacted
by the Conroe Regional medical Center regarding a cancer
"Some of these patients were not getting cancer
care," Behar said of his clients, "because
they were living in outlying areas and could not tolerate
Behar said hospital officials are pleasantly surprised
by the number of patients at the center and are evaluating
the purchase of additional equipment, such as a second
linear accelerator, a $1 million device for radiation
Although the cancer center opened a month ago, Behar
said he has been working on the center for about six
Describing his day as "non-stop patients and administration,"
Behar, who at age 6 proclaimed he was going to be a
doctor, seems to thoroughly enjoy his work.
Fluent in Spanish, Behar was admitted into medical school
in Chicago, Ill. At age 16 and graduated with a Bachelor
of Arts degree at age 19.
His patients are mostly adults. Some are elderly, and
some travel from areas such as Livingston and Huntsville.
"If we were to work around the clock," he
said, "there probably wouldn't be (a maximum patient's
capacity). Right now we're seeing about 50 patients
"With the advances I've seen, (cancer) is no longer
a dismal prognosis," he said. "Cancer as we
know it is no longer a death sentence."
Before the center opened, Behar spends much of his time
traveling to other cancer centers in the area.
He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical
School, when he became interested in cancer research.
Before relocating to Houston, Behar was director of
Brach therapy of Memorial Regional Cancer Center in
His areas of interest include Brachytherapy, Hodgkins
disease, prostate cancer and brain tumors. He has published
papers in journals such as Surgery Cancer and International
Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology & Physics.
The cancer center is a 11,000-square foot facility located
within a $36 million expansion at Conroe Regional Medical