Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist James Fetten

James Fetten, MD

Head and Neck Oncologist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
  • Head & Neck Cancer
  • Immunotherapy

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Regional Care Network (RCN) Medical Site Director at MSK Westchester
Get To Know Me

I am a medical oncologist with more than 20 years of experience who specializes in caring for people with head and neck cancer. I began my oncology career by training at Memorial Sloan Kettering, after which I practiced in upstate New York. I served as Chief of Oncology for a major health system and was president of the local county medical society. It  was a privilege to come full circle and return to MSK to focus on head and neck cancer.

My practice is located at the David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care in New York City, as well as MSK Westchester.

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I have expertise in developing and implementing treatment plans that include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapies, or some combination of these. I work with each of my patients and their families to map out a strategy for achieving optimal results best suited to their needs. My philosophy is that caring for people with cancer requires commitment, compassion, and a personal connection for a journey that is undertaken as a doctor-patient team.

I am also interested in the role of lifestyle during cancer treatment and survivorship, particularly physical activity and nutrition. I first developed this interest while participating in a 3,300 mile, cross-country cycling event called Tour of Hope to raise awareness about cancer and research. I rode alongside cancer survivors and caregivers and was inspired by the way they could derive a positive experience by incorporating physical activity into their cancer journey. I used this experience to start a physical activity program in upstate New York for cancer survivors centered around cycling and I am still an avid cyclist myself.

My Role at MSK

A head and neck oncologist is a cancer doctor with special training in head and neck cancers. This includes cancers of the larynx, lips, mouth, nose, salivary glands, and throat.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
  • Head & Neck Cancer
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, Rutgers University Medical School

Residencies

  • Internal Medicine - Cornell University/North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York

Awards and Honors

  • Clinical Investigator Award, National Cancer Institute

Fellowships

  • Oncology/Hematology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology

Insurance Information

Understanding your insurance options is an important part of managing your cancer care. We have relationships with many common healthcare providers and plans.

Aetna

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (City of NY retirees only, starting 9/1/23)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Carrum Health

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

Cigna

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Fidelis

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

First Health

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Healthfirst

In Network Coverage Type
EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

In Network Coverage Type
PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Magnacare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO

Straight NJ Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

In Network Coverage Type
Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

MVP

In Network Coverage Type
PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

In Network Coverage Type
TBD

Oscar

In Network Coverage Type
HMO/EPO

Oxford

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, EPO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Qualcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Tricare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

UMR

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS

United Healthcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

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If you don't have health insurance or are worried that your care may not be fully covered, our financial assistance programs may be able to help.

If you have questions about insurance, call us at 646-497-9176.

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Contact and Location

Dr. Fetten sees patients at two locations.

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Location
New York, NY
West Harrison, NY

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Colleagues

Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.

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Clinical Trials

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.

James Fetten discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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