About Me

Dr. Alam Nisar Syed is a board-certified cancer specialist in Radiation Oncology at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center. He is recognized as one of the international pioneers of modern brachytherapy.

After receiving his medical doctorate in India, he completed his internship, surgical residency and served as a senior registrar in the United Kingdom as well as in Edinborough, Scotland. He then completed a surgical fellowship in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Washington, D.C. to train in radiation with Dr. Erlich Henschcke, an early pioneer in the field of brachytherapy.

As an Assistant Professor at USC Medical School, Dr. Syed developed a number of revolutionary brachytherapy procedures for prostate, breast, rectum, and cervical cancer. These procedures have become the international standard of care in the use of brachytherapy treatments. He has devoted much of his time to the training of physicians around the world, as well as the training of residents from USC, UC Irvine, UCLA, Loma Linda University, Stanford and many other schools of medicine.

Dr. Syed is the Founder of the American Brachytherapy Society (formerly the American Endocurietherapy Society) and has served as its Secretary, Program Chair, Lecturer and President, as well as Founding Editor-in-Chief for the "Journal of Brachytherapy International." He currently holds six academic appointments including three Clinical Professorships in the Departments of Radiation Oncology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine and the Los Angeles County - Martin Luther King Jr. - Drew Medical Center.

He has published more than 50 scientific publications and has given more than 100 formal presentations related to scientific research data; has served as the Chancellor and Vice-Chair of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO); and Chairman of the Radiation Oncology Committee of the Indo-American Cancer Society. Dr. Syed retains memberships in numerous oncologic societies. He is on the medical staff at Long Beach Medical Center, Orange Coast Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center.


English, Hindi

Provider Specialty

Radiation Oncology

Areas of Care

  • Brachyhtherapy
  • CyberKnife - Radiosurgery
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Radiation Therapy
  • TomoTherapy - Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)



University of California, Irvine


University of California, Irvine

Locations & Affiliations


Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Radiation Oncology Center - Long Beach Medical Center (Todd Cancer Pavilion)

2801 Atlantic Ave.

Long Beach, CA

Office: (562) 933-0300

MemorialCare Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology - Orange Coast Medical Center (Patient Care Pavilion)

18111 Brookhurst Street

Lower Level, Suite 0300

Fountain Valley, CA

Office: (714) 962-7100

MemorialCare Cancer Institute - Saddleback Medical Center (Damsker Family Pavilion)

24302 Paseo de Valencia

Laguna Hills, CA

Office: (949) 452-8880

Insurances Accepted

Anthem Vivity HMO
Anthem Commercial HMO (MCSHP)
BlueShield Commercial HMO (MCSHP)
BlueShield Medicare Advantage HMO (MCSHP)
Health Net Medicare Advantage HMO (MCSHP)
Alignment Medicare Advantage HMO (MCSHP)
Centivo ACO
Anthem Commercial HMO
Cigna Commercial HMO
Aetna Commercial HMO
Health Net Commercial HMO
BlueShield Commercial HMO
UHC Commercial HMO
Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
Alignment Medicare Advantage HMO
SCAN Medicare Advantage HMO
Anthem Pathway HMO
Cigna Value/Select HMO
UHC Harmony Commercial HMO
Aetna Whole Health ACO
Clever Care Medicare Advantage HMO