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Dr. James V. Fetten

Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Residency: Cornell University Hospital Program/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


For Dr. Jim Fetten, part of medicine is science, of course, but a big part is the art of caring.

"A lot of what I do every day requires medical skill and knowledge of course, but there’s more to it than that," he said. "There is the ‘art’ of medicine. The medical science is necessary, but not enough. You really need to have a strong connection with the patients you are caring for and, especially in oncology, there is nothing trivial between you and your patients. The daily problems and struggles are difficult, emotional, and part of my job is motivational. It is sort of like being a coach." But, coach or not, his patients have taught him a lot about life. "I am respectful of the courageous way patients find the strength to live their lives in a dignified way, despite these life threatening illnesses," said Dr. Fetten.

Dr. Fetten joined Interlakes in April, 1999. Prior to that he served as Medical Oncologist/ Hematologist at North Shore University Hospital in Manhassett, NY serving as Service Leader of the Genitourinary Oncology Program. He attended Seton Hall University in New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School. His Internal Medicine residency training was in the Cornell University Hospital Program, serving as Assistant Chief Resident in Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center during his 3rd year of Residency and continued on to Oncology / Hematology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. During his fellowship, he was the recipient of the Clinical Scholar’s Biomedical Research Training Award and received a Clinical Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute.

Dr Fetten started the Western New York Wellness Program, which promotes and provides physical activity opportunities for cancer patients. The initial idea for this program occurred during an early morning bike ride with Lance Armstrong through the mountains of New Mexico during the Tour of Hope, a cross country bike ride with cancer survivors in 2003. The program subsequently received a grant from The Lance Armstrong Foundation for the first 2 years and the program continues on today.

He is Board Certified in Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine and was Principal Investigator for numerous clinical studies and has authored numerous publications. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Monroe County Medical Society. He is a member of The American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology. He is a Fellow of The American College of Physicians.

In addition to spending time with his wife Michelle and 3 children, he likes to cycle, run, hike, rock climb and backpack (especially in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks).