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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.

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About Dr. James Metz

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2011 through 2017

Calypso, Medical Advisory Board

Pennsylvania Cancer Education Network Advisory Committee

ProCure Proton Treatment Centers Medical Advisory Board

 

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • 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
  • Proton Therapy
  • 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 (www.oncolink.upenn.edu), 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

Memberships

ALCASE (Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education), Local American College of Radiation Oncology , National American College of Radiology , National American Society of Clinical Oncology , National American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, National Aventis Speakers Bureau, Local Calypso, Medical Advisory Board , National Cancer.com, National Eli Lilly Advisory Board, Local Mitos Pharmaceuticals, Local OrthoBiotec Pharmaceuticals Speakers Bureau, Local Pennsylvania Cancer Education Network Advisory Committee, Local ProCure Proton Treatment Centers Medical Advisory Board, National

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.

Research

Selected Publications:

Boimel PJ, Berman AT, Li J, Apisarnthanarax S, Both S, Lelionis1 K, Larson GL, Teitelbaum U, Lukens JN, Ben-Josef E, Metz JM, Plastaras JP : Proton beam reirradiation for locally recurrent pancreatic adenocarcinoma Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology : 2017.

Baumann BC, Zeng C, Freedman GM, Verginadis II, MacArthur KM, Lin LL, Vachani C, Koumenis C, Solberg TD, Metz JM : Avoiding antiperspirants during breast radiation therapy: Myth or sound advice? Radiother Oncol : 2017.

Frick MA, Vachani CC, Bach C, Hampshire MK, Arnold-Korzeniowski K, Metz JM, Hill-Kayser CE : Survivorship and the chronic cancer patient: Patterns in treatment-related effects, follow-up care, and use of survivorship care plans. Cancer : 2017.

Frick MA, Vachani CC, Hampshire MK, Bach C, Arnold-Korzeniowski K, Metz JM, Hill-Kayser CE. : Survivorship after lower gastrointestinal cancer: Patient-reported outcomes and planning for care. Cancer : 2017.

Guttmann DM, Mitra N, Bekelman J, Metz JM, Plastaras J, Feng W, Swisher-McClure S: Improved overall survival with aggressive primary tumor radiotherapy for patients with metastatic esophageal cancer Journal of Thoracic Oncology : 2017.

Szalda D, Schwartz L, Schapira MM, Jacobs L, Kim E, Vachani C, Metz J, Hill-Kayser C.: Internet-Based Survivorship Care Plans for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Pilot Study. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 5 (4): 351-354,2016.

Veiga C, Janssens G, Teng CL, Baudier T, Hotoiu L, McClelland JR, Royle G, Lin L, Yin L, Metz J, Solberg TD, Tochner Z, Simone CB 2nd, McDonough J, Teo BK. : First Clinical Investigation of Cone Beam Computed Tomography and Deformable Registration for Adaptive Proton Therapy for Lung Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 95 (1): 549-559,2016.

Fernandes A, Berman AT, Mick R, Both S, Lelionis K, Lukens JN, Ben-Josef E, Metz JM, Plastaras JP.: A Prospective Study of Proton Beam Reirradiation for Esophageal Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 95 (1): 483-487,2016.

Berman AT, DeCesaris CM, Simone CB 2nd, Vachani C, DiLullo G, Hampshire MK, Metz J, Hill-Kayser C. : Use of Survivorship Care Plans and Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Multinational Patients With Lung Cancer. J Oncol Pract. 12 (5): 527-535,2016.

Gabriel PE, Woodhouse KD, Lin A, Finlay JC, Young RB, Volz E, Hahn SM, Metz JM, Maity A.: An automated electronic system for managing radiation treatment plan peer review reduces missed reviews at a large, high-volume academic center. Pract Radiat Oncol. 6 : 301-314,2016.

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: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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