James B. Fahner, MD
Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
James Fahner, MD, has more than 20 years of experience in pediatric medicine. Fahner currently serves as the division chief of hematology/oncology at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, a position he has held since 1989 when he lead the program development and implementation for children and families in West Michigan.
The hematology/oncology program at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is one of the largest in the country and includes the only pediatric bone marrow and stem cell transplant program on the western side of the state.
Fahner, along with six other physicians, provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary specialty care for infants, children, teens and young adults. Care is provided for a wide range of hematology, coagulation and oncology disorders on an inpatient, outpatient and/or consultative basis.
Pediatric hematology/oncology services at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital are distinguished by membership in the national Children's Oncology Group (COG) and by a federally funded comprehensive hemophilia treatment center, the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital coagulation disorders program.
The program maintains an active inpatient service, and more than 700 patients are seen each month in the day hospital clinic for outpatient evaluations, transfusion therapy, chemotherapy administration, laboratory monitoring and diagnostic consultations and procedures.
Fahner earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor.
He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan. Fahner also is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hematology/Oncology and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Fahner is involved in numerous hospital, community and civic organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, the Vice Chairman of the Board for Hospice of Michigan Foundation and Vice President of the Forest Hills Public Schools Board of Education, and serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids, and on the Board of Directors of the Van Andel Institute Graduate School.