Deborah Anne Fisher, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail Duke 3913, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 668-3063

As Associate Director for Gastroenterology Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute I am building on the success of the Hepatology research program at DCRI GI and expanding the research portfolio to GI medical devices and GI luminal (e.g., upper GI, colorectal) research. My own research focus is colorectal cancer prevention, detection, and surveillance.  My research, advocacy, and clinical work are connected by the goal to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of medical care and in particular colorectal cancer screening and surveillance programs.  My work has been recognized by several awards and I am funded by NIH and VA.  I have served on national committees including chairing the National VA GI Field Advisory Committee and am currently a member of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) Publications Committee and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Quality in Endoscopy committee. My current educational work includes clinical teaching in medicine, clinical gastroenterology and endoscopy, directing the Department of Medicine MENTORS program for clinical research fellows and research mentoring individual fellows and residents.  I am faculty of the GI Division T32 training grant and of the Duke Clinical Research Training Program. Finally, I am the Director of Social and Digital Media for the GI Division.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Gastroenterology, Medicine, Duke University, 1999 - 2002
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Virginia, 1996 - 1999
  • M.D., Vanderbilt University, 1996

Publications

Fisher, D. A., M. R. Johnson, and N. J. Shaheen. “Fecal occult blood testing completion in a VA population: Low and strongly related to race.” Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management 14, no. 2 (February 1, 2007): 93–98.

Scholars@Duke

Lin, Sauyu, Richard Konstance, James Jollis, and Deborah A. Fisher. “The utility of upper endoscopy in patients with concomitant upper gastrointestinal bleeding and acute myocardial infarction..” Dig Dis Sci 51, no. 12 (December 2006): 2377–83. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10620-006-9326-7.

PMID
17151907
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Prosnitz, Robert G., Meenal B. Patwardhan, Gregory P. Samsa, Christopher R. Mantyh, Deborah A. Fisher, Douglas C. McCrory, Kathryn E. Cline, Rebecca N. Gray, and Michael A. Morse. “Quality measures for the use of adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy in patients with colorectal cancer: a systematic review..” Cancer 107, no. 10 (November 15, 2006): 2352–60. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.22278.

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17039499
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Garman, Katherine S., Amy Jeffreys, Cynthia Coffman, and Deborah A. Fisher. “Colorectal cancer screening, comorbidity, and follow-up in elderly patients..” Am J Med Sci 332, no. 4 (October 2006): 159–63. https://doi.org/10.1097/00000441-200610000-00001.

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17031239
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Garrett, M. M., and D. A. Fisher. “Strategies to improve colorectal cancer screening rates.” Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management 13, no. 9 (September 1, 2006): 512–17.

Scholars@Duke

Patwardhan, M. B., G. P. Samsa, M. A. Michael, R. G. Prosnitz, D. A. Fisher, C. R. Mantyh, and D. C. McCrory. “Quality measures for the diagnosis and management of colorectal cancer..” J Clin Oncol 24, no. 18_suppl (June 20, 2006).

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27954983
Scholars@Duke

Fisher, Deborah A., Amy Jeffreys, Cynthia J. Coffman, and Kenneth Fasanella. “Barriers to full colon evaluation for a positive fecal occult blood test..” Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 15, no. 6 (June 2006): 1232–35. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-05-0916.

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16775188
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Patwardhan, Meenal B., Gregory P. Samsa, Douglas C. McCrory, Deborah A. Fisher, Christopher R. Mantyh, Michael A. Morse, Robert G. Prosnitz, Kathryn E. Cline, and Rebecca N. Gray. “Cancer care quality measures: diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer..” Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep), no. 138 (May 2006): 1–116.

PMID
17764215
Scholars@Duke

Fisher, Deborah A., Christopher R. Mantyh, Michael A. Morse, Richard G. Prosnitz, Gregory R. Samsa, and Meenal B. Patwardhan. “Quality measures for colorectal cancer diagnosis: A systematic review.” In Gastroenterology, 130:A616–A616. W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC, 2006.

Scholars@Duke

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