George A. Fisher Jr.

Medical oncologist, GI 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. 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 chemotherapy with angiogenesis inhibitors for advanced neuroendocrine tumors and gastro-esophageal adenocarcinomas. Currently active areas of study include combining immunomodulating antibodies against checkpoint inhibitors and a trial of an antibody to interleukin 1 for colorectal cancer. 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
150 Patient Ratings
8 Patient Comments

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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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

  • Physician Leader, GI Oncology Disease Management Group (2011 - Present)
  • Physician Leader, GI Clinical Research Group (2010 - Present)
  • Director, Cancer Clinical Trials Office (2004 - 2013)

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.

4.8

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

3.6

Wait times

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.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Why was I in so much pain? No answer.

4.8 out of 5
150 Patient Ratings
8 Patient Comments

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.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Why was I in so much pain? No answer.