Douglas J. Rivera, MD

Board-Certified Cancer Specialist

Radiation Oncology

Douglas J. Rivera, MD, is a board-certified cancer specialist and board-certified radiation oncologist.

Educational Background

Dr. Rivera earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.  He completed a residency at Duke University, where he served as Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Rivera was a clinical research fellow at Harvard and the Mayo Clinic.

Awards & Research

Dr. Rivera was recognized as one of Austin’s Top Doctors for 2018.

Dr. Rivera has received the American Brachytherapy Society – Seattle Prostate Brachytherapy Fellow Award, 2005; the Outstanding Student in Rural Health Award, 2000; the American Federation for Medical Research – Gastroenterology Research Award, 1998; the American College of Physicians – National Student Abstract Award, 1998; and the Western Student Medical Research Forum – Excellence in Research Award, 1998.

Dr. Rivera has published articles in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics (2004); Surgery (2000); Transplantation Proceedings (1999).

He is a member of the American College of Radiology, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology, the American Brachytherapy Society, and the American Medical Association.

What I Love About My Job

Each new person with cancer I meet represents an opportunity for me to make a real difference and to help turn a cancer patient into a cancer survivor. For that reason, I strive to provide the most attentive, effective, and advanced care possible.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Douglas J. Rivera, call Austin Cancer Center at 512.505.5500 today, or use our online Request an Appointment form.