Michael J. Fisch, MD, Oral History Interview, February 5, 2015
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General Topics Covered:
- Personal and educational background.
- History of and observations about the evolving field of General Medical Oncology
- Relationships between general medical oncology, supportive care, and palliative care
- Integrating these practices into MD Anderson treatment programs
Chapter 01: An Interest in Sports Shapes a Fascination with the Body
Chapter 02: An Early Desire to Become a Doctor and a Range of Interests and Gifts
Chapter 03: Challenges in College and Medical School; Seeking a Specialty
Chapter 04: Early Research Experiences Leads from Infectious Diseases to Hematology/Oncology
Chapter 05: Bringing Focus to Patients’ Emotions
Chapter 06: Entering the New Field of Symptom Experience
Chapter 07: Coming to MD Anderson to Learn Palliative Care on the Job
Chapter 08: Building a Palliative Care Program at MD Anderson
Chapter 09: A Precarious Time for the Palliative Care Program
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Fisch, Michael MD, MPH and Rosolowski, Tacey A. PhD, "Michael J. Fisch, MD, Oral History Interview, February 5, 2015" (2015). Interview Sessions. 131.
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About the Interview
About the Interview Subject:
Dr. Michael J. Fisch (b. 11 June 1964, Queens, New York) joined MD Anderson in 1999 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitative Medicine. In 2004 he became Director of the Community Clinical Oncology Program and in 2009 became Chair of the Department of General Oncology. He is tenured in that Department. This interview is conducted shortly before Dr. Fisch’s departure from MD Anderson for a new opportunity.
Dr. Fisch is known for research has focused on symptom experience, symptom management and cardio-oncology. He conducted a landmark study of chemotherapy and depression. His equally important survey of the management of symptoms related to cardio-toxicity of anthracyclines contributed to the formation of the new field of cardio-oncology.
Dr. Fisch helped establish MD Anderson’s program in palliative care and worked on programs that led to the formation of the new Department of General Oncology.