George A. Fisher Jr.

George A. Fisher Jr.

Medical oncologist, Gastrointestinal specialist

Bio:   I conduct clinical research on a variety of gastrointestinal cancers and provide care for patients with those cancers. We have trials of combined modality therapy (surgery +/- radiation +/- chemotherapy) on gastric, esophageal, pancreas and rectal cancers. We also perform phase I and II trials of biologically targeted agents as well as newer immunotherapeutics. In collaboration with a number of colleagues, we conduct translational studies analyzing novel imaging (e.g. contrast enhanced ultrasound and perfusion scans) and molecular biomarkers (e.g. CDX2 as a prognostic and predictive factor in colon cancer and matrix metalloproteinases as prognostic factors in pancreas cancer). Neuroendocrine tumors, pancreas, colorectal and gastro-esophageal cancers have been areas of particular research focus with multiple therapeutic and translational studies devote to each. Examples of recently completed trials include a randomized phase III trial of a vaccine (algenpantucel) for resected pancreas cancer, phase Ib trial of anti-PD-L1 and separate phase II trials using PD-1 antibody for tumors with micro satellite instability and chemotherapy with angiogenesis inhibitors for advanced neuroendocrine tumors and gastro-esophageal adenocarcinomas. Currently active areas of study include combining immunomodulating antibodies in combination therapy and randomized phase II colon cancer trials of an antibody to interleukin 1 or a first in class agent known as RadioRx. Participation and leadership in NCI cooperative group protocols gives our patients access to the randomized trials that hope to establish new standards of care for a variety of GI cancers.
4.8 out of 5
281 Patient Ratings
37 Patient Comments

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program in Palo Alto

Cancer Immunotherapy Program

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center (1993) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Medical Center (1989) CA
  • Internship: Stanford University Medical Center (1988) CA
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1987) CA
  • BS, Stanford University, Biology (1976)
  • PhD, Stanford University, Cancer Biology (1987)
  • MD, Stanford University, Medicine (1987)
  • Residency, Stanford University, Internal Medicine (1989)
  • Fellowship, Stanford University, Medical Oncology (1993)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Cancer Clinical Trials Office (2004 - 2013)
  • Vice Chair GI Committee, ECOG-ACRIN (2015 - Present)
  • Physician Leader, GI Clinical Research Group (2010 - 2015)
  • Physician Leader, GI Oncology Disease Management Group (2011 - 2015)

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

4.9

Friendliness

4.8

Recommended to others

4.8

Explanations

4.8

Listens

4.8

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

3.8

Wait times

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. George Fisher is an excellent doctor. I've seen him for 14 years now -

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Fisher seemed hurried.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. George Albert Fisher is one of the kindest drs. that I know. He consistently takes the time to explain and lets you know what is going on and next steps if any. You can be very candid w/him and he is very honest w/your & your family.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Love Dr. Fisher call his fellow & trial people.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Fisher has taken excellent care of me.

SHC Patient, May 2016

We came to Stanford for a 2nd opinion on a cancer diagnosis. Not only did Dr. Fisher give us a 2nd chemo to try (& hope) when he was I was taking notes he spelt the medication names and medical terminology for me.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Fisher is extraordinary in his handling of cancer patients like myself explaining everything in detail. He treats me as a family member and I rely on his expertise.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I so appreciate Dr. Fisher's willingness to take the time to talk with me, and still try to be on time for his other patients. I am willing to wait, because I know he takes this time with everyone.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

outstanding doctor

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr Fisher provided detailed information and answered my questions.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

My doctor has always been extremely kind and compassionate. He shows true concern for my condition and always makes sure I have solutions or answers to all of my concerns. He is very knowledgeable about the medical condition I'm going through.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Fisher & his team provide great patient care!

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4.8 out of 5
281 Patient Ratings
37 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. George Fisher is an excellent doctor. I've seen him for 14 years now -

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Fisher seemed hurried.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. George Albert Fisher is one of the kindest drs. that I know. He consistently takes the time to explain and lets you know what is going on and next steps if any. You can be very candid w/him and he is very honest w/your & your family.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Love Dr. Fisher call his fellow & trial people.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Fisher has taken excellent care of me.

SHC Patient, May 2016

We came to Stanford for a 2nd opinion on a cancer diagnosis. Not only did Dr. Fisher give us a 2nd chemo to try (& hope) when he was I was taking notes he spelt the medication names and medical terminology for me.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Fisher is extraordinary in his handling of cancer patients like myself explaining everything in detail. He treats me as a family member and I rely on his expertise.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I so appreciate Dr. Fisher's willingness to take the time to talk with me, and still try to be on time for his other patients. I am willing to wait, because I know he takes this time with everyone.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

outstanding doctor

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr Fisher provided detailed information and answered my questions.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

My doctor has always been extremely kind and compassionate. He shows true concern for my condition and always makes sure I have solutions or answers to all of my concerns. He is very knowledgeable about the medical condition I'm going through.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Fisher & his team provide great patient care!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

With delight I recommend to other people.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. George Fisher & staff are incredible. Stanford is excellent!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Very happy with Dr. Fisher and his staff especially Melissa Worman and nursing staff at 800 Walsh Rd. Research facility.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I trust that I am getting the best care possible, but I don't believe the doctor is being completely transparent with me. Last month, he proposed one course of treatment and this month he is proposing something different. It looked like I would be part of a clinical trial and now there are numerous reasons why I can't. I am very frustrated with the experience.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Fisher is a very kind doctor. He is also at the top of his field. How lucky to have such a wonderful doctor. He may be our life saver.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Wonderful man.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

All good.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

George Fisher is amazing - wonderful doctor and a very kind man

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr Fisher is the best so caring and kind .

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr George Albert Fisher and his team consistently provide information updates for the care and treatment of myself

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Would like written explanation of decision rather than quick phone call. Decision was not made at time of consultation and no follow-up appointment.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I have referred MANY patients to Dr. Fisher, they all think he is the greatest - and he is.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Fisher appears over whelmed by patient care load. Very upset he did not discuss test results.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Always a pleasure to meet w/George Fisher.

SHC Patient, May 2015

An amazing experience - Dr. Fisher is a world leader in treatment of my condition, and spent a long time in evaluating & explaining my problem.

SHC Patient, May 2015

I wasn't given instructions for when to follow up with Dr. Fisher for my next appointment.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Excellent staff.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Excellent!

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Wonderful dr.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Fisher was excellent.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Fisher is wonderful! Kind, patient, and knowledgeable! Thorough, clear in communication, listens well and shows compassion.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Fisher sat with me to demonstrate the findings on the CT images -> outstanding.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Dr. knew it was a 4 hr. drive & took trip in severe pain only to be told bluntly there was no hope. Very horrible experience even if it was true no feelings or care shown.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Very good -

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. Fisher and his staff always care about me and my condition - I feel like more than just another patient.