Southern California Prostate Center – A Division of Western Radiation Oncology

Welcome to Western Radiation Oncology’s Southern California Prostate Center, a world-class institution offering cutting-edge treatments while focusing on a patient-centered approach. Our team of globally recognized physicians specializes in LDR prostate brachytherapy, providing you with the best and latest technology in the treatment of prostate cancer with LDR brachytherapy.

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High-quality Care As a Product of Collaboration

Southern California Prostate Center is proud to be the result of a successful partnership between Western Radiation Oncology and the Urologic Institute. This collaboration has produced a state-of-the-art prostate cancer treatment center offering the latest innovations, advances, and treatments in the Palm Desert Area.

Our physicians come from some of the most competitive programs in the country and have completed many years of training to offer the highest quality LDR brachytherapy program in the country. Our physicians from Western Radiation Oncology alone have successfully treated over 6,000 patients with prostate brachytherapy over the past two decades. As a result, they have established themselves as the go-to destination for prostate cancer care.

At Southern California Prostate Center, we believe that the multi-disciplinary collaboration between the Urologic Institute and Western Radiation Oncology will allow us to deliver the best possible care to our patients. We have created a fully integrated, high-quality prostate cancer treatment center that offers personalized care and comfort to those in need.

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Providing the care and guidance you deserve with our patient-centered approach

A multi-disciplinary collaboration of the best minds in prostate cancer care

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Treatment plans designed by International Leaders in Real-Time Intra-operatively Planned LDR Brachytherapy

Southern California Prostate Center – Leaders in Patient-Centered Prostate Cancer Care

At Southern California Prostate Center, we are dedicated to providing world-class prostate cancer treatment to those in need. Our mission is to make exceptional care accessible to all those affected by this disease, including not only those diagnosed with prostate cancer but also those who may be at risk of developing the condition.

Our team of prostate cancer specialists takes a personalized approach to each patient’s treatment plan, ensuring their needs and desires are met throughout their journey with us. From the initial consultation to the attainment of remission, we prioritize comfort and provide the highest level of care and attention.

We believe the patient experience is just as important as the medical treatment itself. That is why we work diligently to create the best possible experience for every patient from the moment they walk through our doors. Our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our patients is unwavering, and we are proud to offer the highest standard of care.

Meet the Physicians

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Steven Kurtzman, M.D.

Dr. Kurtzman graduated with a BA from Cornell University before earning his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kurtzman is an expert in ‘real-time’ intraoperatively planning prostate brachytherapy. He has treated over 6,000 patients in the last 20 years.

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Ankit Agarwal, M.D.

After graduating with honors from Boston University and Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Agarwal completed his residency at the University of North Carolina. With over 40 peer-reviewed publications in major national journals, he is considered a well-established leader in the field of radiation oncology. Dr. Agarwal has treated hundreds of patients with prostate brachytherapy across North Carolina, Arizona, and California.

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Pedram Ilbeigi, DO, FACS

As the medical director of the Urologic Institute of the Desert and a practicing physician at the prestigious Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert, Dr. Peter has gained many decades of valuable technical expertise in the following fields: robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, and female incontinence and reconstructive surgery. In 2004 and 2006, Dr. Peter was named the Praecis Gerard P. Murphy Scholar for urologic cancer research, and he won the outstanding Laparoscopic surgeon award from the society of laparo-endoscopic surgeon (SLS) in 2005.

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Saman Talab, MD

Dr. Saman Talab earned his medical degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and became a post-doctoral fellow at the department of Urology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is currently a practicing urologic surgeon in the greater Coachella Valley area, where he works at Eisenhower medical center, Desert Regional Medical Center, and JFK Memorial Hospital.

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Bobby Alexander, MD

After graduating from the Department of Urology at New York Medical College and completing an Endourology fellowship in NYC under the esteemed Dr. Michael Grasso, Dr. Bobby Alexander joined the Valley Urologic Medical Group. There, he plans to offer his expertise in treating urologic cancers in a state-of-the-art medical office. As an expert in urology, he has written dozens of published peer reviews articles, abstracts, and even textbook chapters.

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Cesar Mora, MD

Dr. Cesar Mora earned his medical degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, where he graduated at the top of his class. Shortly after, he completed two years of general general surgery residency and became a research fellow participating in breakthrough research. Dr. Mora specializes in robotic surgery, female urology, reconstructive urology, stone disease, urological oncology, and advanced laparoscopy.

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Samuel Lee, MD, FACS, FICS

Dr. Samuel Lee is a highly established urological surgeon specializing in all aspects of adult and pediatric urology. He is a leader in his field, being one of only 100 surgeons who can perform High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) therapy for prostate cancer, and he is also certified in genitourinary cosmetic surgery. With over 1,000 successful TUMPT procedures for managing benign prostatic hyperplasia, Dr. Lee is highly regarded in the industry.

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Farshid Mirzaee, MD

Dr. Mirzaee is a skilled urologic surgeon specializing in Robotics, laparoscopy, and female incontinence. He trained at top schools, including UCLA and UMDNJ, and received recognition as the top surgical resident. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery for complex cases and is a member of the American Urologic Association. With multiple presentations and publications, Dr. Mirzaee was recruited by Valley Urologic Medical Group to bring his expertise to the Low Desert Community.

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Vladislav Bargman, MD

Dr. Bargaman completed his urology training at the UMDNJ/NJ Medical School and took on a fellowship at Indiana University, where he served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Urology Service. He has written many published papers and has even been recognized as a top urologic surgeon in the NY Metro area. When Dr. Bargaman isn’t in the OR, he enjoys skiing.

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Stephen Auerbach, MD

Dr. Auerbach completed his medical school at UCLA and his residency training in Urology at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Auerbach primarily practices in the Newport Beach area and has decades of experience treating patients with prostate cancer.

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