San Diego Center for Hyperbaric Therapy

Medical Director


Dr. Rudolph Gamboa
Medical Director

Dr. Rudolph-Bear Gamboa is a Harvard and University of California Davis graduate, who is board Certified in Family Practice/Rural Medicine and formally trained in Allergy Medicine and HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for the United States Air force as a flight surgeon. While in the US Air force, Dr. Gamboa developed an optimal medical care model for the underserved in developing countries while doing multiple-worldwide humanitarian missions. He now uses this comprehensive model in conjunction with his subspecialty training to help the underserved in San Diego, by offering what was previously inaccessible, cutting edge and comprehensive medical care.

Dr. Gamboa furthered his formal medical training by receiving fellowship in both Sports Medicine with ultrasonography and Dermatology. As a result, he has integrated PRP (platelet rich Plasma) therapy into his practice, allowing for an alternative to surgery for many patients with grade II tendon and muscle tears. These patients would otherwise go to surgery having little or no other option for treatment. Dr Gamboa uses this advanced therapy (PRP) for not only tendon and muscular tears but for mild to moderate arthritic disease involving the knees, wrist, shoulder and ankles.

In addition, Dr. Gamboa military career is extensive; he has lead over 12 humanitarian missions all over the world and has also been deployed to austere locations such as Bagdad, Iraq and Kadar, Afghanistan. In 2004, Dr Gamboa did additional training and did a fellowship in Sports medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound. He has since been a volunteer physician for the US Olympics, active ringside physician for the California State athletic Commission and head event physician for the NBC sports Action Dew Tour. Dr Gamboa’s distinct medical training has allowed him to integrate sports medicine, general dermatology, HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) and PRP therapy into his practice due to the significant amount of skin damage and musculoskeletal injuries sustained by his active patients.