2022 MedStar Georgetown Distinguished Achievement Award in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

John P. Fischer, MD, MPH, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
Director of Clinical Research
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. John P. Fischer grew up and was born in Syracuse, NY. He is the oldest of 5. His mom (Kathy) teaches nursing and father (Joe, 1954-2002) Plastic Surgeon instilled his interest in medicine at a young age. He attended medical school in Syracuse at SUNY Upstate where he met his wife Becky. Dr. Fischer’s wife Becky is a pediatrician in Philadelphia, and they share two wonderful children Claire and Patrick “PJ”. John is an avid golfer and Eagle’s fan.

Dr. Fischer is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. His practice includes reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. He has proudly served as a two-term member of the Board of Directors of the American Hernia Society, has a Master’s in Public Health from the Bloomberg School at Johns Hopkins, and is the Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Plastic Surgery. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and over 75 on hernia-related research.

Dr. Fischer’s interest in plastic surgery stems back to his initial motivation for studying medicine. He has a special interest in science, research, taking care of patients and improving their quality of life. He performs both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, which helps him be a better aesthetic surgeon. Dr. Fischer uses cutting-edge technology to advance patient outcomes and takes time to learn from his patients, which provides the perfect combination to ensure they always happy with their clinical outcomes.

Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty, Dr. Fischer completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College and medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY graduating AOA. John completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of some of the best in the field of plastic surgery including Stephen Kovach MD, Joseph Serletti, MD, and L. Scott Levin, MD. He has the privilege of overseeing the Clinical Research Program at Penn Plastic Surgery and collaborating with multiple research fellows, students, and numerous faculty across the University. Dr. Fischer’s Research Lab focuses on surgical outcomes, patient reported outcomes, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in surgery. He was recently awarded an NIH R01 to better predict the formation of hernia using AI.

To round out his work, Dr. Fischer maintains an active personal life. He values spending time with his family, exercising, traveling, and trying new restaurants. He builds from his clinical work, through his research, as well as the development of medical devices and a connected startup company.

Dr. Fischer is incredibly honored to receive the 2022 MedStar Georgetown Distinguished Achievement Award in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.