Baldassarre Stea, MD, PhD, FASTRO

Clinical Medical Director, Radiation Oncology
Department Head, Radiation Oncology
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Neurosurgery
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 AffiliationsCourtesy 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 UniversitySummer Research Fellow, George Washington University, Cancer Research LaboratorySummer Research Fellow, University of Bari (Italy), Department of Biological ChemistryNIH/NRSA Predoctoral Trainee, UCLA, Department of ChemistryPostdoctoral Fellow, UCLA, Department of ChemistryTeaching Fellow, UCLA, Department of ChemistryTeaching Associate, UCLA, Department of ChemistryResearch Associate, UCLA, Department of ChemistryTeaching Assistant, UCLA, Department of ChemistryResearch Assistant, UCLA, Department of Surgery/Oncology


  • PhD: University of California, Los Angeles
  • MD: George Washington University, 1983
  • MS: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
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
National Cancer Institute, Radiation Oncology
Board Certifications
American Board of Radiology
Cancer Care
Brain Cancer
Brain Tumors
Headache & Facial Pain
Radiation Oncology
Skin Cancer