James M. Metz, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Metz is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies and the retreatment of previously irradiated tumors. He has led numerous clinical trials in gastrointestinal cancer with a particular interest in maintaining normal organ function. His clinical research emphasizes multimodality therapies for locally advanced gastrointestinal malignancies. Dr. Metz led the development of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, the largest proton center in the world, which opened in 2010. He has been an international leader in the integration of proton therapy in the cancer treatment paradigm.
He has held a series of administrative positions within the department, beginning in 2005, when he was appointed Director of Clinical Operations. In 2009, he was appointed Vice Chair of the Clinical Division in Radiation Oncology, and in 2010 became the Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement. In 2014, he was appointed Vice Chair of the department. He has served as Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine and was the Associate Director for Clinical Services and Programs at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
As the long time Editor-in-Chief (and now Executive Director) of OncoLink, an award winning website and resource for cancer information, Dr. Metz pioneered the use of online cancer survivorship care plans and web-based cancer education and information. OncoLink (www.OncoLink.Penn.edu
) has been named on numerous occasions as one of the Top 10 medical websites in the world by the National Library of Medicine.
Dr. Metz is board certified in radiation oncology and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).