Avital Fischer, MD

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Residency: Pediatrics – Duke University

I am originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, and completed my undergrad at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. I worked for a few years doing clinical research in PTSD and with adolescents recovering from addiction before going to medical school at Boston University. 

After graduating from Duke Pediatric Residency, I spent three years as a pediatric hospitalist at Columbia University in New York City, where I developed an interest in caring for medically complex children and their families. I also developed an interest in complementary and integrative medicine. Returning to Duke for a palliative care fellowship felt like a natural next step for me given the fabulous complex care and palliative care programs here. And, after my experiences during the COVID pandemic caring for adult patients, I am excited to have the opportunity to train in the adult world as well. 

I love Durham because it is a walkable city with a small but mighty food scene and is close to hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities. You will probably find me on afternoons and weekends working in my back garden or out hiking around the Eno with my partner Mike, and our two dogs, Maggie and Leo. 

I am so excited to be joining the Duke Palliative Care family. I am looking forward to learning as much as possible over the next year, and to continuing to develop and explore my passion for treating medically complex children and their families.