Dr. Bhavana Chapman is board-certified in radiation oncology and practices at our St. Vincent’s Riverside Radiation Oncology location. Dr. Chapman received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida before earning her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where she participated in the Physician Scientist Training Program. She completed her preliminary medicine internship at Baylor College of Medicine and radiation oncology residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She is skilled in advanced radiotherapy techniques including image-guided radiotherapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, and stereotactic body radiotherapy to treat a wide range of cancers including breast, lung, head and neck, gastrointestinal, gynecologic, genitourinary and central nervous system malignancies.
Originally from Tampa Bay, Dr. Chapman looked forward to returning to coastal Florida after finishing medical training. She was drawn to CSNF for its comprehensive, seamlessly integrated oncology model. “The synergy between radiation and medical oncology teams, social workers, dietitians, and counselors allows us to prioritize a patient’s individual needs and to expedite their care. I’m proud to be part of a multidisciplinary group that provides accessible, state-of-the-art care in community locations,” she says.
“Cancer is an overwhelming health issue, and I am my patients’ biggest advocate from the start,” Dr. Chapman explains. “It is a tremendous privilege to be entrusted with their care during such a difficult time and I strive to earn that trust at every interaction. I am a firm believer in clear and effective communication, as well as shared decision making. I want my patients to know that I value their opinion as much as, I hope, they value mine.”
When not in the office, Dr. Chapman spends time with her husband and two children who like to stay busy. “I love bringing people together to celebrate milestones, both big and small,” she says. “I enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes.”