Dr. James Rooney, Chief of Hematology/Oncology -Reliant

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Reliant Medical Group Southboro Medical - Now a part of Reliant Medical Group (800) 283-2556 (508) 481-5500

James Rooney
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Saint Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center
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(508) 556-5400
1 Eaton Place, Worcester, MA, 01608
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(978) 466-3333
165 Mill Street, Leominster, MA, 01453
My office is moving to 225 New Lancaster Rd., Leominster in December 2018 . For more information visit reliantmoves.org.

Overall Patient Rating

4.8 out of 5 stars - 122 total ratings

“The great thing about medicine is that it allows you to learn something new almost every day...”

Dr. James Rooney has always been fascinated by science, and curious about how things work – whether the human body or the complexity of the solar system. “In high school I was a member of the astronomy club, science club, chess club, that’s what my friends and I were into,” he explains. “I knew a career that involved science was right for me, and I chose medicine. The great thing about medicine is that it allows you to learn something new almost every day, and I really love that aspect of it.”

As a hematologist-oncologist, Dr. Rooney treats patients suffering from many different diseases including breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer as well as different types of leukemia. “What I do in my work is not just treatment, in many cases I can change the natural course of the disease. It’s what makes this profession so exciting.”

Dr. Rooney is a strong believer that a clear understanding of the disease process is important for his patients. “If people can understand the roadmap – or the approach to the disease, they can understand what you’re up to in terms of treatment. It’s a way of guiding people through the process.”

Dr. Rooney is committed to using the most sophisticated processes and techniques in his practice. “Perhaps the most interesting thing I do is gene chip technology, a powerful way to analyze thousands of genes at once, to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The science is still in its infancy, but it will be essential in helping physicians and scientists understand the role that genetics plays in many major illnesses that we face. In fact, some breast cancer therapies are already based on gene profiles. In the future, we should be able to prevent many diseases before they happen using what we’ve learned from gene chip technology.”

For Dr. Rooney, the most satisfying part of his job is seeing his patients do well, “I can’t cure every disease I treat, but I can help a lot of people,” he explains. “That’s what I love about this job.”

During his free time Dr. Rooney enjoys being outdoors and loves to photograph waterfalls, foliage, flowers, and architecture. He also loves cooking and is well known for his lemon risotto. Dr. Rooney also still enjoys astronomy, just like he did in high school.

Star ratings are based on patient responses to 8 questions about the care they have received from their provider. Responses are measured on a scale of 1-5 and the average score is displayed in an easy to view, 5-star format. Learn more about how we measure our patient experience.

4.8 out of 5 stars - 122 ratings
Likelihood of patient recommendation
4.7 out of 5 stars - 115 ratings
Efforts to include patient in decisions
4.8 out of 5 stars - 117 ratings
Explanations of problem/condition
4.8 out of 5 stars - 119 ratings
Concern for questions/worries
4.8 out of 5 stars - 120 ratings
Time spent with patient
4.8 out of 5 stars - 119 ratings
Patient's confidence in provider
4.7 out of 5 stars - 118 ratings
Spoke using clear language
4.9 out of 5 stars - 119 ratings

Comments marked with an asterisk * serve as a flag to indicate when a patient has left feedback that specifically references a provider's name.

Jul 16, 2018

He spoke in language that is very understandable. Asked me for anything I didn't understand and seemed very interested in me and my situation.

Jun 26, 2018

The St. Vincent Hospital Cancer and Wellness Center is excellent. The main hospital of St. Vincent has excellent nurses, CNAs, radiologists, an excellent oncologist, Dr. Rooney, lab technicians, and other support staff.

Jun 25, 2018

I LOVE Dr. Rooney....God forbid I ever need another cancer operation he will still be there.

Jun 08, 2018

All have always been very good to me nurses, *Doctor Rooney, those in the office.

Jun 08, 2018

*Dr. Rooney told me it has been 5 yrs. since I started treatment and that my disease has gradually gotten worst and that I should consider starting chemo therapy. I told him no. I feel that is the worst thing for me to do. I live a very healthy life style, I don't take any medications. I do natural therapy instead.

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