Richard I. Fisher, M.D.

Dr. Fisher is a visionary who never loses sight of his patients. His greatest desire is to build a world-class cancer research and treatment facility that will provide advanced care and the most modern treatments for patients with cancer. With great concern and enthusiasm, he intends to ensure that patients get cutting-edge care as our cancer research program develops the treatments that will benefit patients around the world.

Richard I. Fisher, M.D., Director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and Director of Cancer Services for Strong Health, is an internationally known expert in biological research and treatment of lymphoma and is a nationally renowned cancer clinician, scientist, and educator. Dr. Fisher, also the Chief of the Hematology / Oncology Unit in the Department of Medicine and the Samuel E. Durand Professor of Medicine, oversees clinical cancer services at Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital, which together provide comprehensive care for cancer patients throughout Western and Upstate New York. Dr. Fisher’s research centers on the biology and treatment of lymphoma, cancers derived from white blood cells, and has led national and international studies in Hodgkin’s Disease and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Dr. Fisher came to Strong Memorial Hospital from the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, where he served as director since 1984. During his tenure at Loyola, he helped create the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and has worked to build a program supported by the National Cancer Institute. He established a state-of-the-art laboratory space for research and the led the way to a $35 million facility for cancer prevention, treatment, and research.

He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Following an internship and residency in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Fisher served as clinical associate in the Immunology Branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and completed an Oncology fellowship in Medicine.

Fisher currently serves as chairman of the Lymphoma Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group and is a member of various groups, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Hematology, American Joint Committee on Cancer’s Lymphoma Task Force, American Association of Immunologists, Clinical Immunology Society, Central Society for Clinical Cancer Research, and the American College of Physician Executives. He has authored more than 250 articles and chapters in national and international publications.

Contact Information

Richard I. Fisher, M.D.
University of Rochester Cancer Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
Box 704
Rochester, NY 14642

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About Our Director

Richard Fisher aims to win back for the James P. Wilmot Center a key National Cancer Institute designation.

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