Dr. Phillip Zentner

Dr. Phillip Zentner

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  • Radiation Oncology (Board Certified)

Advanced Degree

  • Medical Doctor (MD)

The Sharp Experience

I am dedicated to providing compassionate and exceptional cancer care to my patients and caring for the whole family



With kind-hearted, practical wisdom and amazing state-of-the-art technology, I continually strive to provide an exceptional experience that not only cures the patient, but transforms the whole family. The daughter of one of my patients recently said, “Thank you for everything that you have done for my mom. You have no idea what a positive impact you’ve had on her recovery. You are such a great person and good things will always come your way.” There is no greater joy than not only curing a patient, but also helping to transform a patient’s life and the life of the whole family in such a positive and dramatic fashion. This capacity is deeply rooted in my heritage and is connected to everything I do, from singing, playing guitar and piano, writing songs and leading mindfulness sessions and adventure courses for cancer survivors, to drawing pictures for patients and their families to help explain the nature of a patient’s illness. When this is coupled with 20 years of experience in treating cancer and cancer-related illnesses, the impact is dramatic and powerful. I am fortunate to practice medicine at the Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, which combines the beauty of nature, cutting-edge technology and warm, caring staff to create a total healing environment.

I speak some Spanish and have a profound understanding of patients’ diverse cultural backgrounds. It is my greatest desire to serve you and your family in the best way possible.

Biographical Details

Age: 55
In practice since: 1994
Gender: Male

Additional Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University
  • Internship: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
    Aetna PPOs, Elect Choice EPO, Health Fund PPO, Health Fund HMO, HMO, Managed Choice POS, National Advantage PPO, Open Choice PPO, QPOS POS, Select Choice HMO, Traditional Choice PPO, US Access POS, Value Network HMO
  • Anthem Blue Cross
    Anthem Blue Cross PPOs, Bronze EPO, California HMO, Gold EPO, Platinum EPO, Prudent Buyer PPO, Silver EPO
  • Blue Shield (In Negotiations - Contact 1-800-827-4277)
    HMO, POS, PPOs (contact Blue Shield)
  • Care1st
  • Cash/Self pay
  • Champus Tricare
    For Life, Prime
    HMO, Open Access POS, PPOs
  • Covered CA
    Anthem Blue Cross Bronze EPO, Anthem Blue Cross Gold EPO, Anthem Blue Cross Platinum EPO, Anthem Blue Cross Silver EPO, Sharp Health Plan Bronze HMO, Sharp Health Plan Gold HMO, Sharp Health Plan Platinum HMO, Sharp Health Plan Silver HMO
  • Health Net
    EPO, ExcelCare HMO, HMO, PPOs, Select POS, Seniority Plus Retirees HMO
  • Medicare
    Assignment, UHC-AARP MedicareCompleteValue, UHC-AARP MediComplete Premier, UHC-AARP MediCompleteEssential, UHC-Secure Horizons Retiree, UHC-Sharp Secure Horizons
  • Medicare/Medi-Cal
  • MultiPlan
  • Sharp Health Plan
    Bronze HMO, Choice HMO, Gold HMO, Performance HMO, Performance Plus, Platinum HMO, Premier HMO, Silver HMO, Value HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare
    Choice EPO, Choice HMO, Choice Plus POS, Options PPO, Signature Value HMO
  • VEBA
    Performance HMO-Network 1 HMO
  • Workers' Compensation

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Treatments & Conditions

  • Anal Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bloodless Medicine
  • Bone Metastases
  • Brain Metastases
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy
  • Intensity-modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Palliative Care
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Seed Implanting
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Sarcomas
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer

Practice Features

  • Second Opinions

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  • Phone: 619-502-5851
    769 Medical Center Court
    Chula Vista, CA 91911

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