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James Metz, MD

James Metz, MD Physician

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

Dr. Metz is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. James Metz

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2019

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2011 to 2019

IBA, Medical Advisory Board

Varian, Medical Advisory Board

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Proton Therapy
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

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 Radium Society, National American Society of Clinical Oncology, National American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, National Calypso, Medical Advisory Board, National Global Advisory Board, International National Cancer Centre Singapore Proton Advisory Board, International Pennsylvania Cancer Education Network Advisory Committee, Local PTCOG Executive Committee, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Metz is employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Li T, Irmen P, Liu H, Shi W, Alonso-Basanta M, Zou W, Teo BK, Metz JM, Dong L.: Dosimetric Performance and Planning/Delivery Efficiency of a Dual-Layer Stacked and Staggered MLC on Treating Multiple Small Targets: A Planning Study Based on Single-Isocenter Multi-Target Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) to Brain Metastases. 2019 Jan 22;9:7. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2019.00007. eCollection 2019. Front Oncol. : 9:7,2019.

Baumann BC, Verginadis II, Zeng C, Bell B, Koduri S, Vachani C, MacArthur KM, Solberg TD, Koumenis C, Metz JM.: Assessing the Validity of Clinician Advice That Patients Avoid Use of Topical Agents Before Daily Radiotherapy Treatments. JAMA Oncol. 1 (4): 1742-1748,2018 .

Baumann BC, Verginadis II, Zeng C, Bell B, Koduri S, Vachani C, MacArthur KM, Solberg TD, Koumenis C, Metz JM.: Assessing the Validity of Clinician Advice That Patients Avoid Use of Topical Agents Before Daily Radiotherapy Treatments. JAMA Oncol. 4 (12): 1742-1748,2018.

Frick MA, Vachani CC, Hampshire MK, Bach C, Arnold-Korzeniowski K, Metz JM, Hill-Kayser CE: Patient-Reported Survivorship Care Practices and Late Effects After Treatment of Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. (2): 1-10,2018.

Li T, Scheuermann R, Lin A, Teo BK, Zou W, Swisher-McClure S, Alonso-Basanta M, Lukens JN, Fotouhi Ghiam A, Kennedy C, Kim MM, Mihailidis D, Metz JM, Dong L: Impact of Multi-leaf Collimator Parameters on Head and Neck Plan Quality and Delivery: A Comparison between Halcyon™ and Truebeam® Treatment Delivery Systems. Cureus. 2018 Nov 28;10(11):e3648. doi: 10.7759/cureus.3648. : 2018.

Benci JL, Vachani CC, Bach C, Arnold-Korzeniowski K, Hampshire MK, Metz JM, Hill-Kayser CE.: Identifying barriers to cancer survivors sharing their survivorship care plans with their healthcare provider. J Cancer Surviv. 12 (5): 632-638,2018.

Kennedy C, Freedman G, Taunk N, Scheuermann R, Dong L, Metz JM, Li T.: Whole Breast Irradiation with Halcyon™ 2.0: Workflow and Efficiency of Field-in-Field Treatment with Dynamic Beam Flattening Technique and kV Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Cureus 29 (10): 10,2018.

Venigalla S, Chowdhry AK, Wojcieszynski AP, Lukens JN, Plastaras JP, Metz JM, Ben-Josef E, Mahmoud NN, Reiss KA, Shabason JE.: Comparative Effectiveness of Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Versus Upfront Surgery in the Management of Recto-Sigmoid Junction Cancer. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 17 (3): e557-e568,2018.

Szalda D1, 2, Schapira MM3, Jacobs LA1, Palmer SC1, Vachani C4, Metz J4, Hill-Kayser C2, 4.: Survivorship Care Planning for Young Adults After Cancer Treatment:Preliminary Understanding Care Patterns and Patient-Reported Outcomes. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 7 (4): 430-437,2018.

Peach MS, Trifiletti DM, Vachani C, Arnold-Korzeniowski K, Bach C, Hampshire M, Metz JM, Hill-Kayser CE: Patient-reported outcomes in head and neck cancer: prospective multi-institutional patient-reported toxicity. Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 9 : 245-252,2018.

Academic Contact Info

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd
2 West

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

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