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Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
Cornell University (1967)
  • Currently 4 of 4 apples
Top 25%

Awards & Distinctions ?

Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2009)
American Board of Urology
American Urological Association

Affiliations ?

Dr. Fetzer is affiliated with 7 hospitals.

Hospital Affilations



  • St. Luke's Hospital/Bethlehem
    801 Ostrum St, Bethlehem, PA 18015
    • Currently 4 of 4 crosses
    Top 25%
  • Sacred Heart Hospital/Allentown
    421 Chew St, Allentown, PA 18102
    • Currently 4 of 4 crosses
    Top 25%
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital
    1200 S Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103
    • Currently 3 of 4 crosses
    Top 50%
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg
    2545 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017
    • Currently 1 of 4 crosses
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital - Allentown Campuses
  • St Lukes Hospital
  • St Lukes Hospital - Allentown Campus
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Fetzer has contributed to 6 publications.
    Title Tumor Recurrence Incidence Following Hand-assisted Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy.
    Date February 2008
    Journal Jsls : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons / Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the incidence of tumor recurrence following hand-assisted laparoscopic nephroureterectomy (HALNU) for the treatment of upper tract urothelial carcinoma. METHODS: The medical records of consecutive patients who underwent HALNU by a single surgeon (CW) between October 2001 and May 2005 were reviewed. The ureter was clipped before kidney dissection to prevent distal migration of tumor. Following liberation of the kidney, the bladder cuff and intramural ureter were excised by using a Collings knife under cystoscopic guidance. RESULTS: Ten patients were identified. The primary location of disease was confined to the intrarenal collecting system. Eight high-grade (HG) and 2 low-grade (LG) tumors were removed, with pT3 (6), pT2 (1), pT1 (1), and pTa (2) disease. The patient having a LG pTa urothelial carcinoma developed pulmonary metastasis 20 months following surgery and survived an additional 26 months. Two patients, each having a HG pT3 tumor, developed a urothelial carcinoma in the bladder contralateral to the site of ureteral excision. At a mean follow-up of 41 months, there has been no evidence of tumor recurrence in the pelvis. CONCLUSION: Our technique of HALNU does not appear to harbor an increased risk for urothelial carcinoma recurrence.

    Title [a Prospective Analysis of Coercive Measures in an Inpatient Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry]
    Date February 2007
    Journal Praxis Der Kinderpsychologie Und Kinderpsychiatrie

    So far the discussion of coercive measures in the work with children and adolescents relies more on individual experiences than on empirical data. In the department of child and adolescent psychiatry "Die Weissenau" all coercive measures in the past six years have been evaluated prospectively. 178 patients (9.2 %) of 1939 patients totally admitted between 1999 and 2004 received coercive measures. For each measure there was a documentation of personal data, reason and duration of the coercive measure. The proportion of patients affected by coercive measures in this department was lower compared to other studies. Female patients were more often subject to coercive measures. Mostly coercive measures were used in the means of protection against self-directed aggressive behaviour. The average duration of coercive measures has been reduced after the implementation of a stringent documentation system and ensuing discussions of the topic. It can be concluded that a stringent documentation, an evaluation and reflection of coercive measures can help to assume quality in the process of coercive measures.

    Title Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy of an Intrathoracic Kidney.
    Date April 2003
    Journal Urology

    We present a 35-year-old woman with symptomatic urolithiasis in an intrathoracic kidney. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy was successfully performed after ureteroscopy failed because of the unusual length of the ureter associated with the kidney position. We report the first case of percutaneous nephrolithotomy of an intrathoracic kidney.

    Title Carcinoma of Prostate in Men Aged Fifty and Under: Therapeutic Options.
    Date February 1992
    Journal Urology

    We made a retrospective study of 20 men, aged fifty or under, with adenocarcinoma of the prostate to evaluate presenting symptoms, stage, grade, and therapeutic results. Sixty-five percent were found to have extracapsular spread of disease (Stage C or D). The therapy used was one or a combination of three types: radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, and hormonal manipulation. Five of 6 patients with Stage B disease and 3 of 6 patients with Stage C disease were treated with radiation therapy. The other Stages B and C patients underwent radical prostatectomy. In all 5 of Stage B patients receiving radiation, therapy failed; the mean time to tumor recurrence was 3.2 years. Two of 3 patients with Stage C disease died of metastatic disease within three years of receiving radiation. The 4 patients (Stages B and C) who underwent radical prostatectomy are free of disease. There was a statistically higher failure rate among the radiation therapy patients with Stages B and C disease than among the surgical patients (X2 = 8.4, p less than 0.1).

    Title Bilateral Amyloidosis of the Ureter Associated with Carcinoma.
    Date December 1984
    Journal The Journal of Urology

    We report a case of coexisting amyloid and neoplasm in a localized ureteral lesion. This case also represents the third reported instance of sequential bilateral ureteral amyloidosis. Right nephroureterectomy revealed amyloid and an in situ focus of low grade transitional cell carcinoma. Three years later amyloid in the distal left ureter was resected and the gap was bridged by a bladder hitch and Boari flap. Subsequent followup has been uneventful.

    Title Pathologic Features of Pseudomonal Pneumonia.
    Date January 1968
    Journal The American Review of Respiratory Disease

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