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


Sultan, Shahnaz, Deborah A. Fisher, Corrine I. Voils, Anita Y. Kinney, Robert S. Sandler, and Dawn Provenzale. “Impact of functional support on health-related quality of life in patients with colorectal cancer..” Cancer 101, no. 12 (December 15, 2004): 2737–43.

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Fisher, Deborah A., Christopher Martin, Joseph Galanko, Robert S. Sandler, Marc D. Noble, and Dawn Provenzale. “Risk factors for advanced disease in colorectal cancer..” Am J Gastroenterol 99, no. 10 (October 2004): 2019–24.

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Fisher, Deborah A., Karen Dougherty, Christopher Martin, Joseph Galanko, Dawn Provenzale, and Robert S. Sandler. “Race and colorectal cancer screening: a population-based study in North Carolina..” N C Med J 65, no. 1 (January 2004): 12–15.


Schmulewitz, Nathan, Deborah A. Fisher, and Don C. Rockey. “Early colonoscopy for acute lower GI bleeding predicts shorter hospital stay: a retrospective study of experience in a single center..” Gastrointest Endosc 58, no. 6 (December 2003): 841–46.

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Fisher, D. A., A. Jeffreys, S. C. Grambow, and D. Provenzale. “Re: Mortality and follow-up colonoscopy after colorectal cancer - Response.” American Journal of Gastroenterology 98, no. 12 (December 2003): 2801–3.