James Fletcher, DO, is a board-certified family medicine physician.
Growing up in the Dover community, Dr. Fletcher saw the personal satisfaction that family friend and Bayhealth Primary Care Physician Joseph Rubacky, DO, had going to work each day and how much he loved taking care of people. It inspired him to want to be the same kind of doctor.
Dr. Fletcher earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University followed by a master’s degree in bio-medicine from Midwestern University. He then completed medical school and a residency, where he served as chief resident and was named 2018 Penn State Hershey Medical School Resident Teacher of the Year in family medicine. His medical training further confirmed his calling to a career in primary care.
Driven to provide the same level of care he’d want for his own family members, Dr. Fletcher’s positive energy and passion for his work radiates in all his patient interactions. He believes in strong and open communication with his patients, and advocates for consistent check-ups and preventive medicine to help them develop and maintain the fundamentals for good health.
Participating in medical missions to rural Guatemala, where he and his wife provide pro-bono medicine and dentistry, respectively, Dr. Fletcher has seen how much of a difference primary care can have on families and communities as a whole. He finds it deeply rewarding taking care of entire families and making an impact in his hometown. Often seeing multiple generations—grandparents, parents and their children and newborn babies—he provides a listening ear and guidance to promote physical, social and emotional wellness that help keep the family unit healthy and strong.
When he’s not working, Dr. Fletcher likes to spend time outdoors. He is an avid shore fisherman and also enjoys crabbing and kayaking.