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David Fischer, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Founding Director, Recovery of Consciousness Via Evidence-Based Medicine and Research (RECOVER) Program, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Neurology

Contact information
Dept of Neurology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3 Dulles
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-3606
Education:
BS (Psychology, Neural and Behavioral Sciences, Philosophy)
Haverford College, 2010.
MD (Medicine)
Harvard Medical School, 2016.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2016-2017.
Resident in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2017-2020.
Fellow in Neurocritical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2020-2022.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Neurocritical care
Neuroprognostication
Consciousness
Disorders of consciousness
Functional MRI (fMRI)
Advanced neuroimaging

Description of Research Expertise

Neurocritical care
Neuroprognostication
Consciousness
Disorders of consciousness
Functional MRI (fMRI)
Advanced neuroimaging
COVID-19

Selected Publications

Fischer, D., Abella, B.S., Bass, G.D., Charles, J., Hampton, S., Kulick-Soper, C.V., Mendlik, M.T., Mitchell, O.J.L., Narva, A.M., Pino, W., Sikandar, M., Sinha, S.R., Waldman, G.J., Ware, J.B. & Levine, J.: The Recovery of Consciousness Via Evidence-Based Medicine and Research (RECOVER) Program: A paradigm for advancing neuroprognostication. Neurology: Clinical Practice 2024 Notes: In press.

Regnier, A., Mélotte, E., Aubinet, C., Alnagger, N., Fischer, D., Lagier, A., Thubaut, A., Laureys, S., Kaux, J. & Gosseries, O.: Swallowing dysfunctions in patients with disorders of consciousness: Evidence from neuroimaging data, assessment, and management. NeuroRehabilitation 54(1): 91-107, 2024.

Fischer, D. & Edlow, B.L.: Coma prognostication after acute brain injury: A review. JAMA Neurology 2024 Notes: Published online March 04, 2024.

Madden, J., Fischer, D.: Cerebral edema. PressorDex: Critical Care Medications Guide (5th Edition). Greenwood, J.C. (eds.). 2024.

Melanie Cole: The RECOVER Program at Penn Medicine with Dr. David Fischer. Penn Medicine Website (https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-health-care-professionals/for-physicians/physician-education-and-resources/physician-interviews/2023/december/recover-program-at-penn-medicine-with-dr-david-fischer) 2024.

Sisniega, D.C., Ware, J.B., Snider, S.B., Lee, J.W. & Fischer, D.: Quantitative neuroimaging techniques for anoxic brain injury: Review, comparison and implementation. Selected platform presentation at the Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 8/17/2023. 2023.

Fischer, D. & Edlow, B.L.: One-year outcomes in disorders of consciousness associated with COVID-19. Neurocritical Care 38(2): 529-531, 2023.

Fischer, D., Abella, B.S., Bass, G.D., Charles, J., Hampton, S., Kulick-Soper, C.V., Mendlik, M.T., Mitchell, O.J.L., Narva, A.M., Pino, W., Sikandar, M., Sinha, S.R., Waldman, G.J., Ware, J.B. & Levine, J.: The Recovery of Consciousness Via Evidence-Based Medicine and Research (RECOVER) Program: An innovative paradigm for advancing neuroprognostication after cardiac arrest. Poster presentation at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, 11/11/2023 2023.

Fischer, D: Come hell or high water: Climate change through the lens of neurocritical care. Intensive Care Medicine 49(12): 1526-1528, 2023.

Basunia, A., Fischer, D. & Ware, J. : Advanced MRI for neuroprognostication in disorders of consciousness: An emerging clinical paradigm. Educational Exhibit at the 2023 American Society of Functional Neuroradiology Conference 2023.

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Last updated: 05/09/2024
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