Department of Radiation Oncology

James M. Metz

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James M. Metz, M.D.

Henry K. Pancoast Professor of Radiation Oncology
Department: Radiation Oncology

Contact information
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd
2 West
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 2156622428
Fax: 215-349-5445
BS (Biology)
Juniata College , 1989.
MS (Clinical Immunology/Microbiology)
Hahnemann University , 1991.
MD (Medicine)
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Med School, 1995.
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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.

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 Notes: in press.

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 Notes: in press.

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, Dec 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, May 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, May 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, May 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, March 2016.

Avery S, Kenton O, Bin Dachi J, Metz J, Ngwa W.: Radiation Oncology Solutions in Tanzania. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 93(5), Dec 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, DEC 1 2015.

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