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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 12/20/99
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Fischer Appointed Associate Dean of Community Affairs

CincinnatióJosef E. Fischer, MD, chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, has been recently appointed as the college's associate dean of community affairs. Fischer will work to strengthen relationships with the community and businessmen in this newly created part-time position.

Fischer graduated from Harvard Medical School and received his training at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1978, he became the Christian R. Holmes Professor and director of the Department of Surgery at UC. Under his guidance, the surgical program developed an international reputation as one of the best academic departments of surgery in the country. Over the years, Fischer has held a number of prestigious positions, including chairman of the American Board of Surgery, first vice president of the American College of Surgeons, and president of the Surgical Infection Society. He was recently selected as one of the 24 outstanding surgeons of the century by the Archives of Surgery.

Fischer served at the National Institutes of Health where he worked as a research associate with Irwin Kopin and Julius Axeirod. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Lund in Sweden and has been granted honorary fellowships in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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