Baldassarre Stea, MD, PhD, FASTRO

Clinical Medical Director, Radiation Oncology
Department Head, Radiation Oncology
Professor, Radiation Oncology

Dr. Stea earned his doctorate in biochemistry at UCLA, followed by a medical degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He received his residency training in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. Since his appointment with The University of Arizona Cancer Center, Dr. Stea has served as Director of the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program from 1995-1998, and has been Medical Director of the Department since 1997. Dr. Stea has been head professor of the Department of Radiation Oncology since 2003.

Dr. Stea is board-certified in radiation oncology, and specializes in the treatment of malignant and benign brain tumors using stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He developed the stereotactic radiosurgery program at the University of Arizona, and has more than 20 years of experience in the field.

Dr. Stea's research is focused on the development of novel radiation enhancers and radiosensitizing drugs for primary and secondary brain tumors. His clinical practice focuses on treatment of malignant brain tumors and pediatric cancers, including total body irradiation (TBI). He received the UMC "Patient's Choice Award" for outstanding communication and excellence in patient care 1994, 1995 and 1998, and has been listed among The Best Doctors in America since 1996.

Professional Affiliations
  • Courtesy Consultant, Northwest Hospital, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Courtesy Staff, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Consultant in Radiation Oncology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Medical Staff Fellow, Radiation Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.
  • Intern in Medicine, George Washington University
  • Summer Research Fellow, George Washington University, Cancer Research Laboratory
  • Summer Research Fellow, University of Bari (Italy), Department of Biological Chemistry
  • NIH/NRSA Predoctoral Trainee, UCLA, Department of Chemistry
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA, Department of Chemistry
  • Teaching Fellow, UCLA, Department of Chemistry
  • Teaching Associate, UCLA, Department of Chemistry
  • Research Associate, UCLA, Department of Chemistry
  • Teaching Assistant, UCLA, Department of Chemistry
  • Research Assistant, UCLA, Department of Surgery/Oncology
Clinical Specialities

Cancer Care, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Headache & Facial Pain, Radiation Oncology, Skin Cancer

Education and Training

Degrees:
PhD: University of California, Los Angeles, MD: George Washington University, 1983, MS: University of California, Los Angeles, Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Residency:
National Cancer Institute, Radiation Oncology
Board Certification(s):
American Board of Radiology
Honors and Awards:
  • Admitted to Honors Program, UCLA, 1974
  • Graduated cum laude, UCLA, 1974
  • NIH/NRSA Predoctoral Trainingship, UCLA
  • Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association
  • Travel Grant Award to attend the 1st Pathobiology of Cancer Workshop (Keystone, CO), University of Arizona Office of International Programs
  • Research Grant Award, Italian National Research Council
  • ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA, Medical Society
  • The Hubon W. Lawson Award for Most Outstanding Student in OB/GYN
  • The Howard K. Kane - A.F.A. King Obstetrical Honor Society
  • Clinical Oncology Career Development Award, American Cancer Society
  • Travel Grant Award to attend the 17th International Congress of Radiology (Paris, France), University of Arizona Office of International Programs
  • ASTRO Award to attend the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) Meeting (Montecatini, Italy)
  • Travel Grant Award to attend the 1st International Symposium on Neuro-Radio-Surgery (Vienna, Austria), University of Arizona Office of International Programs
  • Patient's Choice Award for Outstanding Communication and Quality Care, University Medical Center
  • Travel Grant Award to attend the 7th International Congress on Hyperthermic Oncology (Rome, Italy), University of Arizona Office of International Programs
  • Listed in the "The Best Doctors in America: Pacific Region," 1996-1997
  • Listed in Strathmore's "Who's Who," 2001-2002
  • Listed in "The Best Doctors in America," 1998-2011
  • First annual Physician Award, University Medical Center Board of Directors
  • Faculty Teaching Award - Longitudinal Clinical Curriculum Preceptor of the Year, University of Arizona College of Medicine, 2006