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James Metz, MD

James Metz, MD Physician

Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology Henry K. Pancoast Professor of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Metz is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. James Metz

Calypso, Medical Advisory Board

Pennsylvania Cancer Education Network Advisory Committee

ProCure Proton Treatment Centers Medical Advisory Board

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2011 through 2016

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Radiation Treatment
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr Metz serves as Chair of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine and holds the Morton M. Kligerman Endowed Professorship. He is Associate Director for Clinical Services and Programs at the Abramson Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Metz led the development of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, the largest proton center in the world completely integrated with conventional cancer services. Dr Metz has become an international leader in the application of proton therapy for the treatment of a variety of malignancies. He continues to work to integrate proton therapy as a new treatment paradigm for cancer and is leading the expansion of proton therapy.

He also serves as Executive Director OncoLink (, the award winning Internet resource from the Abramson Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania that was founded in 1994. Dr Metz specializes in the use of radiation for the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. His research interests include the treatment of GI malignancies in the multidisciplinary setting, as well as the utilization of complementary and alternative medications by cancer patients, and use of the Internet to provide cancer related information. A major area of interest has been the development of proton therapy at Penn and internationally.

As Executive Director of OncoLink, Dr Metz leads its mission to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals, and the general public find accurate cancer-related information online. The website has led the way in online education for cancer patients and healthcare providers, receiving numerous awards and recognition from most major authorities as one of the best cancer information websites. Currently OncoLink is developing interactive content and personalized information for individuals while collecting important information to move the field forward, particularly in the area of cancer survivorship. Its reach is international in scope with over 285,000 unique visitors served per month.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Residency: Cooper University Hospital
Residency: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


American Society of Clinical Oncology, National American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, National Calypso, Medical Advisory Board, National Pennsylvania Cancer Education Network Advisory Committee, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Metz is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Avery S, Kenton O, Bin Dachi J, Metz J, Ngwa W.: Radiation Oncology Solutions in Tanzania. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 93 (5): 2015.

Avery, S, Kenton, O, bin Dachi, J, Metz, J, Ngwa, W: Radiation Oncology Solutions in Tanzania international journal of radiation oncology biology physics 93 (5): 961-962,2015.

Nyarko E, Metz JM, Nguyen GT, Hampshire MK, Jacobs LA, Mao JJ: Cancer survivors' perspectives on delivery of survivorship care by primary care physicians: an internet-based survey. BMC Fam Pract 16 (1): 2015.

McMillan, MT, Ojerholm, E, Roses, RE, Plastaras, JP, Metz, JM, Mamtani, R, Karakousis, GC, Fraker, DL, Drebin, JA, Stripp, D, Ben-Josef, E, Datta, J: Adjuvant Radiation Therapy Treatment Time Impacts Overall Survival in Gastric Cancer international journal of radiation oncology biology physics 93 (2): 326-336,2015.

Nyarko, E, Metz, JM, Nguyen, GT, Hampshire, MK, Jacobs, LA, Mao, JJ: Cancer survivors'' perspectives on delivery of survivorship care by primary care physicians: an internet-based survey bmc family practice 16 : 2015.

McMillan MT, Ojerholm E, Roses RE, Plastaras JP, Metz JM, Mamtani R, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Drebin JA, Stripp D, Ben-Josef E, Datta J.: Adjuvant Radiation Therapy Treatment Time Impacts Overall Survival in Gastric Cancer Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 93 (2): 2015.

Hill-Kayser, C, Jacobs, LA, Palmer, SC, Hampshire, MK, Vachani, C, Edge, SB, McNamara, EJ, Metz, JM: A feasibility study of an electronic interface between Internet-based survivorship care plans and electronic medical records (EMR)/tumor registries. journal of clinical oncology 33 (15 S): 2015.

Fernandes, AT, Apisarnthanarax, S, Yin, LS, Zou, W, Rosen, M, Plastaras, JP, Ben-Josef, E, Metz, JM, Teo, BK: Comparative Assessment of Liver Tumor Motion Using Cine-Magnetic Resonance Imaging Versus 4-Dimensional Computed Tomography international journal of radiation oncology biology physics 91 (5): 1034-1040,2015.

Fernandes AT, Apisarnthanarax S, Yin L, Zou W, Rosen M, Plastaras JP, Ben-Josef E, Metz JM, Teo BK.: Comparative assessment of liver tumor motion using cine-magnetic resonance imaging versus 4-dimensional computed tomography Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 91 (5): 2015.

Vachani, C, Hampshire, M, Arnold-Korzeniowski, K, Bach, C, Hill-Kayser, C, Metz, J: IS THERE A ROLE FOR SURVIVORSHIP CARE PLANS IN CHRONIC CANCER? oncology nursing forum 42 (2): E218,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd
2 West

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2428
Fax: (215) 349-5445
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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