Ricardo H. Alvarez,MD, MSc

MD, MSc

Medical Oncology Director, CTCA Breast Cancer Center Institute

4.8 (89 Ratings)

32 Reviews
Ricardo H. Alvarez - Medical Director of the Breast Cancer Center & Director of Cancer Research
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My goal is to have a positive impact on the quality of life for our patients by offering clinical research studies.

Location
Atlanta
Specialties
  • Medical Oncology
Education
  • Medical School: Universidad Nacional de La Plata – Facultad de Medicina - La Plata, Argentina
  • Residency:

    Residency, Internal Medicine & Medical Oncology - Centro Oncologico de Excelencia, Gonnet, Argentina
    Residency, Internal Medicine - University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, Texas

  • Fellowship: Hematology/Oncology - The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
  • Advanced Degrees: Master of Science, Cancer Biology - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
Certifications
Internal Medicine & Medical Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Oncology

World-renowned oncologist Dr. Ricardo H. Alvarez is recognized for his contributions to the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer, particularly inflammatory breast cancer. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Dr. Alvarez is Medical Oncology Director of the CTCA® Breast Cancer Institute and Medical Director of Cancer Research at CTCA Atlanta. He is mainly focused on the treatment of advanced breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer.

“I work as part of a multidisciplinary team,” says Dr. Alvarez. “Surgical oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists discuss each patient. We outline a clear plan before our patients begin treatment. This is a very advanced group of medical professionals who dedicate the vast majority of their time to treating breast cancer. I think being treated at a cancer center, and seeing a specialist dedicated to treating breast cancer, rather than a general medical oncologist, can make a big difference for patients.”

Dr. Alvarez joined CTCA® in 2014 and serves as Principal Investigator for many large clinical trials responsible for improving and expanding treatment options of breast cancer. “Clinical trials are an important way to help advance the treatment of breast cancer patients,” says Dr. Alvarez. “The possibility to offer patients clinical trials is the reason I am at CTCA.”

Dr. Alvarez’s research studies are published in many peer-reviewed journals, including Breast Cancer Research and Treatment and The Annals of Oncology. He has written more than 100 articles, abstracts and book chapters, and he regularly presents his work at national and international conferences. 

Licensed to practice medicine in Texas and Georgia, Dr. Alvarez is Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Medical Oncology ­by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), the American College of Physicians (ACP), Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA and Texas Medical Association (TMA).

“Breast cancer is a conglomerate of multiple diseases. I don’t believe that every patient should have the same recommendation,” he says. “My job is to provide options to my patients to help them make informed decisions.”

Dr. Alvarez completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center, and a Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Later in his career, he earned a Master of Science in Cancer Biology at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas.

He currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgia Regents University in Atlanta. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Breast Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also served as Assistant Professor with the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic in Houston, Texas.

When he is not at CTCA, Dr. Alvarez enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, skiing and returning to his hometown for vacations.

Patient Ratings
The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurance. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five- star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient's experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.
About Our Ratings
Jan 24, 2019

5.0

"Doctor Alvarez is a wonderful Doctor I wish there was more like him at my home town."
Jan 20, 2019

5.0

"I would recommend my oncologist."
Jan 18, 2019

5.0

"Just love everybody there."
Jan 2, 2019

5.0

"Es a beautiful person. He give me advices about my treatment. He is very responsible."
Dec 24, 2018

5.0

"Dr Alvarez seemed very knowledgeable and cared for patients"
Dec 11, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Alvarez is just fabulous. HisStaff is wonderful"
Nov 28, 2018

5.0

"Most positive person I have ever met!Caring!Compassionate!"
Oct 24, 2018

5.0

"i was seen by R.Alvarez and we fell hes compassionate with pts"
Oct 17, 2018

5.0

"*Dr. Alvarez is amazing. I wouldn't want anyone else taking care of me."
Oct 10, 2018

5.0

"Dr Alvarez, is the most compassionate Dr I have met. He went into great detail regarding my cancer. explained different options to me. Has referred me to [...] regarding the MRI scan. Dr Alvarez is willing to work with my Oncologist in [...]. Just an amazing Dr."
Oct 10, 2018

5.0

"Doctor Alvarez is a wonderful Doctor I wish there was more like him and I wish that he could have been my Doctor when I was first diagnose in my hometown of [...]"
Sep 26, 2018

5.0

"He is extremely intelligent, patience, and understanding with what you are going. He answers questions and recommends you write down any question you think of to ask. He gives you hope in knowing you can fight this and win the battle."
Sep 14, 2018

5.0

"Caring and explains everything in detail. I appreciate his candor."
Sep 13, 2018

5.0

"I like that he actually listens to my concerns and makes referrals if necessary."
Sep 5, 2018

5.0

"i am blessed to be doctors Alvares patient. he is an ecxent human been. health professional. since my first visit he welcome me with a smile and kindness. gave me different choices of treatment. made me feel hope again."
Sep 2, 2018

5.0

"I love Dr. Alvarez!"
Aug 27, 2018

5.0

"You don't have a high enough score on this survey for me to convey the confidence I have in Dr. Alvarez. When he told me he had been at MD Anderson for 15 years, then told me he had worked elbow to elbow with the very specialist we took my daughter, [...] to, I began to weep. Literally right there in front of him, I wept. God showed me that he had moved Dr. Alvarez from MD Anderson, had taken me from [...] to [...] in total blind faith, and lead me right to that spot and I was exactly where I was supposed to be. THEN he told me he had completed 6 or 7 year research on BRCA 1 & 2. God assured me that I was going to be ok. Thru the wisdom, gifts and talents that God has blessed Dr. Alvarez with, I had a miraculous response to chemo. The know in my left breast was completely gone after my [...] chemo treatment when they did the ultrasound. It was the size of my thumbprint.[...] When my pathology came back there was no cancer in anything ! Dr. Alvarez was extremely pleased and elated. I just sat there in disbelief and was somewhat confused. I wanted to celebrate and be happy with him... I could not. I had lost my [...] daughter just [...] months prior to finding the knot in my breast. When Dr. Alvarez told me the great news all I could think was, "why didn't [...] get these results?".... "why didn't [...]get this care?" And so I asked him with tears streaming down my face. His shoulders sunk and he came over to me and put his arm around me and said, "I dun't know.... I dun't know" with a tear in his eye. This man of great wisdom stood in humility who had brought healing and health back to my body . stood there humble with his arm around my shoulders humbly saying I dun't know in that amazing accent of his and brought healing to a grieving mother's heart and spirit. And I don't think he has a clue about this. I know God has gifted Dr. Alvarez with such amazing wisdom and knowledge, gifts and talents and I am forever humbled, and thankful that He allowed me to be one of the many people blessed and healed .. and now [...] years cancer free. Thank you CTCA for having him come to Newnan. You are blessed to have him..... let me be a voice for the many patients to say.... WE are blessed to have him. I thank my God for him all the time."
Aug 23, 2018

5.0

"*Dr. Ricardo H. Alvarez is wonderful I like his spirit I trust that he will do the very best for me God bless."
Aug 19, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Alvarez is the best...very caring, shows that he is there for you and making. sure that you get better..I talk about him all the time."
Aug 16, 2018

5.0

"He was so kind and explained everything so I could understand"
Aug 1, 2018

5.0

"Dr Alvares MD, excellent Doctor he listens to the patient! A+."
Jul 17, 2018

5.0

"Dr. ALvarez is very personal, encouraging and addressed my specific concerns with potential solutions."
Jul 17, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Alvarez is good oncologist."
Jun 27, 2018

5.0

"I love Dr Alvarez. He is very intelligent, very personable, gentle and seems truly genuine."
Jun 26, 2018

5.0

"just fell in love with Dr. ALverez"
Jun 19, 2018

5.0

"Love my Doctor. Dr Alvarez"
Jun 19, 2018

5.0

"The Oncologist listened to my concerns and gave me the answers I needed."
May 6, 2018

3.8

"good"
Apr 30, 2018

5.0

"Love Dr Alvarez, hes is so personable"
Apr 18, 2018

5.0

"Dr Alvarez is amazing, honest, very comforting & very explanatory along with his assistant [..]. I appreciate both of them."
Mar 27, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Alvarez is very professional and congenial. He explained everything to me in great detail, which I appreciated."
Mar 19, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Alvarez has been amazing. He is so knowledgeable and also kind. He takes time to explain everything to and puts my mind at ease."