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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
Oncology and Hematology Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City


For Dr. 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.

During Dr. Fetten’s Oncology fellowship at Sloan-Kettering, he was the recipient of the Clinical Scholar’s Biomedical Research Training Award and received a Clinical Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute.

Prior to joining Interlakes Oncology in 1999, Dr. Fetten served as Medical Oncologist/ Hematologist at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY as Service Leader of the Genitourinary Oncology Program. Dr. Fetten is Board Certified in Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine and was Principal Investigator for numerous clinical studies and has authored numerous publications. Dr. Fetten currently serves as President 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, area Internal Medicine Physician, Michelle Steffers, M.D. and 3 children, he likes to cycle, run, hike, rock climb and backpack (especially in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks).