Biography


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.

Professional Summary


Professional Education
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1987) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2016)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Hematology and Oncology Fellowship (1993) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (1989) CA
  • Internship: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (1988) 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)
  • Physician Leader, GI Clinical Research Group (2010 - 2015)
  • Physician Leader, GI Oncology Disease Management Group (2011 - 2015)
  • Vice Chair GI Committee, ECOG-ACRIN (2015 - Present)

Publications

Clinical Trials

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Practice Locations


Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Patient Ratings

(27 Ratings)

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4.9/5

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Patient Reviews

(177 reviews)

Dr Fisher is a marvel. He made a difficult conversation a lot less difficult. He’s straightforward and professional while maintaining a good personal balance. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Enjoyed meeting my doctor in person.
Dr. Fisher got right to the point and explained next steps very clearly. He also gave me plenty of time to ask any questions I might have.
He was comforting and wonderful
Dr Fisher is wonderful. He had to explain something to me that he thought would be hard for me to understand. I understood quite well, and I don't think he dumbed it down too much...just enough. He also told me he was having trouble getting a test result from my previous provider. When I recommended that he make use of the tissue that was available from the surgery I just had rather than waiting to use the results from biopsy sample, which was very small, he didn't miss a beat in agreeing with me.
Informative and empathetic
Like his “style†and approach very much.
Easy to talk to. Provides good explanations
Dr. Fisher and Tita have been very good to me. I do like to see them in person. The fact is that the video visits save me about $150, which is approximately what it costs me each time I drive to Palo Alto. So, I have to be positive about that!
George Fisher is one of the best oncologists in the USA.
I find Doctor Fisher, very competent, and straight forward, he seems concerned about my health and mind set.
Empathetic and informative physician
Doctor Fisher is the best!
Dr Fisher is the best. I have complete faith in him and I know I’m getting the best care possible. He’s got the perfect blend of professional demeanor and compassion.
I was happy with my visit. Dr Fisher was clear about what his recommendation for follow up was, and that it was available for me at Stanford, but I could also choose to continue with my local caregivers (to avoid driving 300 miles!)
Supper guy. Smart, thoughtful and articulae
I enjoyed the meeting and felt confident that we had a solid go-forward plan
I feel Dr Fisher is a great DR. and cares about his patients.I have been very pleased with the overall care I have received from him
I was seen first by an assistant and we discussed my aches and pains and fears. She.left and a few moments later Dr. FISHER Came in. I appreciate that. I don,t want to complain to Dr. Fisher. I want to listen and learn.
Easy to talk to (Tita is too) and listened to me
Excellent doctor, excellent care and attention.
Very thankfull.
A breath of fresh air! He offers his reasoned opinion without promoting an agenda (e.g., a doctor in the business of administering chemo is incentivized to administer chemo, even if the rationale is weak).
He is very responsible. He attended our meeting even when he was sick. I very much appreciate his professional work. And this is the power of video conference. He could still see me remotely when he should be staying and resting in his home.
Please refer to the previous question. I will add that Dr. George Fisher treats a patient like he is the only one and is never in a hurry, explains medical procedures in laymen's terms, and responds thoughtfully to every inquiry from his patients. I could not have found a better oncologist anywhere else. Thank you for the care and guidance these past 5+ years.
Dr Fisher is the best doctor, he has been taken care of me for last 4 years. He gave me all chemo treatments and supports along with my family. I would recommend Dr Fisher any time.
Expert in his field.
Easy to talk to and informative.
Dr. Fisher is an exceptional physician who is extremely knowledgeable, professional and caring. He has gone out of his way to make himself available and provide the care we needed. Thank you.
very confident and was a great consultant to me. I am grateful for his expertise
Dr. Fisher is a kind speaker, he informs me of what I need to do to keep on track with my health. I think highly of him and his staff.
Dr. George is very responsible.
Dr Fisher & his entire team are fantastic!
Dr.Fisher was very personable & took the time to make me feel comfortable He is very knowledgeable and explains everything
He's great!
He is an excellent Doctor. I would like to see more communicating from Dr. Fisher and in person visit once in a while.
Dr Fisher is a very knowledgeable and caring doctor. I highly recommend him.
Doctor George Fisher is very good and competent physician./oncologist. He a nice person, very concern and compassionate to his patients.
Dr Fisher is a kind man.
I enjoyed my video visit with Dr. Fisher. I believe he answered my concerns and questions to the point and I appreciate his recommendations.
He listened to me while understanding me. I have a confidence in myself as a learner and a chooser that I didn't have before. And I've been seeing people and doing things for a whole year. I feel I can handle whatever will comes of my cancer. Dr. Fisher is a warm, friendly expert. Not from wit and charm but from experience. And from that experience he's made me to feel human and expert myself.
Great concerned doctor, kind and understanding.
I have confidence in Dr. Fisher and he is very personable. The latter quality has made a difference in the course of my treatment.
I recommend Dr. Fisher to anyone in the future
Dr Fisher is very caring and supportive providing the best in care.
Dr. Fisher’s bedside manor is very calming. He talks to you like a human being and does not go over your head with medical terms. I would recommend him to someone else.
I felt comfortable talking with him. His a good doctor.
He was very good, made me feel comfortable was easy to talk to ðŸ‘
I am completely confident in Dr Fisher’s competence as a medical expert. His empathetic nature and approach to the wholistic situation puts him at the top of the list as a complete and effective medical expert.
Dr Fisher gave me very thoughtful advise with 3 clear options, being careful to explain each one as he went along. He was patient and took the time to answer my questions.
Dr. Fisher was direct, clear, positive, knowledgable, listened well, asked pertinent questions, and was extremely helpful. I wish he was my doctor now.
Very easy to talk to...personable. Also covered my options thoroughly.
My experience to date has been excellent.
very personable
During my video visit with Dr. Fisher, I can say as patient, that I am in good hands. He is a great doctor/medical oncologist.
He provided a wealth of information during my consult. I know he is extremely busy so appreciated him reviewing my case and coming up with a plan for my treatments. I cannot say enough good things about Dr Fisher. I feel I am in very good hands with his care team.
I have complete confidence in Dr Fisher and his team. He’s wonderful
Excellent Doctor. Always gives details in easy to understand manner. Always answers my questions and conderns. Has cheerful attitude and gives you a good feeling after visit.
An excellent and knowledgeable physician
Excellent oncologist. Always a pleasure to meet with George ... just wish the circumstances were different ...
He is wonderful in appointmnets. Wish he provided more direct advice and check ins inbetween.
He is a wonderful doctor and wonderful man. I'm lucky to be under his care.
Thanks for the time today!
Excellent care, helped with any problems, always available, himself or his staff.
He listened to what I wanted to do, and had multiple plan options.
Excellent doctor, very knowledgeable and friendly. So fortunate to have him as my primary oncologist!
Dr. Fisher is a great oncologists and I feel ver confident he is the best one to care for my particular cancer.
I appreciate how straight forward Dr. Fisher is and how skilled he is as an oncologist.
Dr, Fisher answered all my questions in a pleasant manner.
He is a very nice and personable doctor. I feel very comfortable talking with him.
Dr Fisher made me feel comfortable. I felt optimistic that help was coming, that the medical team at Stanford was interested in timely treatment.
A wonderful supportive creative humane and yet humble doctor. I am grateful to God for having put him on my path.
We appreciate Dr Fisher and his team and the combined knowledge they all bring to my treatment program.
Appreciate very much that he is willing to take me as a patient. Appreciate his friendliness.
I think he is a wonderful doctor. Stanford is lucky to have him.
Very thankful for his expertise and the ability to connect remotely as I do not reside in the Bay Area.
The intake went smoothly with the Nurse Practioner Yuko, and we felt heard as she was able to convey our concerns to Dr. Fisher. Dr. Fisher listened to my update and allowed for amble questions as we discussed current symptoms and our future plan for treatment and MRI options.
Very caring and knowledgeable.
The BEST
He was professional, friendly, and made me feel comfortable talking with him. Same for Dr. Chen.
I appreciate Dr. Fisher's insight into my cancer condition and look forward to his guidance as we navigate through the chemotherapy process.
On time Professional and courteous
Thank you Dr. Fischer. I am grateful to you and your staff for all that you do at Stanford to help people like me. You are very much appreciated.
Was very pleasant doctor with lost of knowledge
He is the very BEST! Knowledgeable, carrying, kind, extremely positive, delivers a real hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. We really consider ourselves lucky and fortunate to be under his care.
Very warm and patient with all of our questions. Thank you for your time!
Dr. Fisher was very pleasant and answered my questions carefully.
Great to work with.
All is good thank you very much for your services from all the personnel.
Good experience.
Dr. Fischer IS WORTH the wait.
Hurried, late, short quick easy answers!
Dr. Fisher is amazing!!
BAD: Dr. Fisher promptly ended my appointment when inquiry about other treatments at Stanford. He got up and walked out. Very unprofessional!
If you need a great cancer doctor - go see Fisher.
I felt confident that the path I am on is right for me.
Exceptional care from both Dr. Fisher and his PA Ms. Tita. Tita was very courteous, took her time answered our questions explained and walked us through what to expect. As a family we all appreciate the time she took to answer our questions.
All excellent.
Dr. Fisher is not only a very good doctor but also a friendly and caring person.
Dr. Fisher is my hero! He's warm & caring, brilliant & a phenomenal doc. I feel very fortunate to have him quarter-backing my care.
Did not feel rushed.
Dr. Mou & Fisher were both very caring, knowledgeable & helpful. Much confidence in both.
Very good. Thorough, thoughtful & professional.
Tita & Dr. Fisher are the BEST.
Confidence increased with Dr. Fisher's breadth of knowledge. Very pleased.
We got the impression the care provider had very little to say concerning future treatment options, unless the patient is a candidate for clinical trial at Stanford.
Dr. Fisher is great!
Could not have had a better experience than I did on this initial visit with Dr. Fisher.
Dr. Fisher & his staff spent a great deal of time with me and were amazing, I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet w/him.
I have full trust in this care provider.
Dr. Fisher and his team have been my rock! I cannot imagine my life without them and cannot say enough in their praise.
Dr. Fisher was personable and professional.
Amazing knowledge and preparedness. I felt lucky to be seen by Dr. Fisher.
Spoke to Dr. Fisher who was very helpful and Dr. Chung who was also helpful in obtaining background information.
Dr. Fisher is the best example of a dr. or what a doctor should be always nice smiling caring I trust when he say something and he listen that what important. Wish they were all like him.
No bad experience.
I am very confident in Dr. Geo Fisher & staff.
Dr. Fisher and his assistant Dr. Mohana Roy are very nice and professional and warm welcome.
Dr. Fisher is not only an excellent oncologist, but also a very pleasant person to deal with. I am well pleased with his care.
Dr. Fisher is well regarded and seems to know his science well. I think he serves more patients than ideal. My biggest concern is that he is treating my cancer - not ME and often doesn't refer me to others or explain why not.
I have the deepest confidence imaginable and the very highest regard for every staff member with whom I have had contact!
The world would be a better place if all the dr. were a great as Dr. Fisher.
Blessed to be in the hands of this man.
I love Dr. Fisher & if the need arises I whole heartedly recommend him!
Nothing available at clinic at this time.
I have been a patient of Dr. Fisher for 9 years and have total confidence in him.
MD fellow spent hour with me - excellent ...; MD Fisher - IS but reinforced fellow assessment.
Dr. Fisher is an outstanding doctor - He has provided excellent care for several years and has a very pleasant personality.
Thorough.
Felt compassion.
Dr. Fisher was calling direct & had taken the time to "know about my issues. He has 'a way" that makes me feel that all will be OK his nurse was also very caring. He is amazing!!
Dr. Fisher made an effort and perhaps even saw me out of his regular visiting hours, nurse Jackie was the most attentive of RN's & so was Scott!!
Totally pleased with Dr. George Fisher & the staff surrounding him.
Off the scale great!
We have the utmost trust in Dr. Fisher!
Great Doc in George Fisher competent/caring/ a great person.
This visit was a little rushed.
I arrived feeling considerable concern about a pair of conflicting test results, and I departed with a sensible plan that left me feeling much relieved.
Dr. George Fisher is an excellent doctor. I've seen him for 14 years now -
Dr. Fisher seemed hurried.
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.
Love Dr. Fisher call his fellow & trial people.
Dr. Fisher has taken excellent care of me.
After the clinical trial stopped working for my husband, Dr. Fisher pretty much told us that I cannot do anything about your condition anymore, so why don't you go to UCSF and ask them if they have clinical trials for you. He suggested for my husband to take Lonsurf in the meantime. Is this how Stanford treat their patients? No feeling of concern or compassion at all.
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.
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.
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.
outstanding doctor
Dr Fisher provided detailed information and answered my questions.
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.
With delight I recommend to other people.
Dr. Fisher & his team provide great patient care!
Very happy with Dr. Fisher and his staff especially Melissa Worman and nursing staff at 800 Walsh Rd. Research facility.
Dr. George Fisher & staff are incredible. Stanford is excellent!
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.
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.
Wonderful man.
All good.
George Fisher is amazing - wonderful doctor and a very kind man
Dr Fisher is the best so caring and kind .
Dr George Albert Fisher and his team consistently provide information updates for the care and treatment of myself
Would like written explanation of decision rather than quick phone call. Decision was not made at time of consultation and no follow-up appointment.
I have referred MANY patients to Dr. Fisher, they all think he is the greatest - and he is.
Dr. Fisher appears over whelmed by patient care load. Very upset he did not discuss test results.
Always a pleasure to meet w/George Fisher.
An amazing experience - Dr. Fisher is a world leader in treatment of my condition, and spent a long time in evaluating & explaining my problem.
I wasn't given instructions for when to follow up with Dr. Fisher for my next appointment.
Excellent staff.
Excellent!
Wonderful dr.
Dr. Fisher was excellent.
Dr. Fisher is wonderful! Kind, patient, and knowledgeable! Thorough, clear in communication, listens well and shows compassion.
Dr. Fisher sat with me to demonstrate the findings on the CT images -> outstanding.
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.
Very good -
Dr. Fisher and his staff always care about me and my condition - I feel like more than just another patient.
Why was I in so much pain? No answer.

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