Words from our Doctors: Dr. Doug Rivera

Austin CyberKnife medical director Dr. Doug Rivera’s interest in stereotactic radiosurgery began after seeing a family member undergo the treatment as a pre-med student. Since that experience, he has gone on to become a member of the American College of Radiology, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology and the American Brachytherapy Society. He also has published research featured in the journals Surgery and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics.

When educating patients on the CyberKnife® treatment experience, he explains one of the biggest advantages of the treatment is the minimized impact on a patient’s daily routine.

“Our patients come to us from home, and they can get the treatment with minimal to no side effects as they are being treated. They go home and can go to dinner and do whatever they would like to do without having anesthesia, post-anesthesia care or the recovery period the typical person might have if they were going to have surgery.”

Hear Dr. Rivera discuss the CyberKnife treatment experience in our video.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.