James Feusner, MD
Pediatric Oncology

  • Medical Director, Oncology Program, Division of Hematology/Oncology
  • Clinical Scientist, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) 
  • Best East Bay Doctors 2010
Medical School: University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle

Residency: Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle

Fellowship: Children's Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle

Board Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology


James Feusner, MD is an expert in pediatric oncology, with particular expertise in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a kind of cancer in which abnormal white blood cells replace normal blood cells in the bone marrow and surrounding blood. Dr. Feusner can discuss subjects dealing with oncology, such as tumor growth, babies with increased risk of developing tumors and supportive care to improve the quality of life for patients with cancer.

Compelling Fact

Every year, approximately 8,600 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States and 1,500 children die from the disease. There are 12 major types of childhood cancer, but different types of leukemia, brain and other central nervous system tumors account for more than half of all new cases.

Source: National Cancer Institute


  • Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL)
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Live tumors in childhood/hepatoblastoma
  • Wilms tumor

Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL)
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is a subtype of the acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cancer. APL is characterized by abnormal, heavily granulated promyelocytes, a form of white blood cells. APL results in the accumulation of these atypical promyelocytes in the bone marrow and peripheral blood supply, and replaces normal blood cells. APL can have serious bleeding complications at diagnosis and during early phases of treatment

Professional Achievements

  • Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2009-2010 (nat'l survey)
  • Adjunct professor in Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Top Bay Area Physician list, San Francisco magazine, 2005
  • Who’s Who in American Medicine, 2005
  • Serves as editor/reviewer for 5 journals such as Blood, Pediatric Blood & Cancer, Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Served on many pediatric oncology clinical trials and disease committees

Professional Organizations

  • Chairman, Tumor Board at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Appointment & Referral Information

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