Paul Graham Fisher, MD

Paul Graham Fisher, MD

Neuro-oncologist, Pediatric neurologist

Beirne Family Professor of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Professor of Pediatrics and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery and of Epidemiology and Population Health

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Dr. Paul Graham Fisher is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and by courtesy, Neurosurgery and Epidemiology and Population Health; the Beirne Family Professor of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology; and the Dunlevie Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

Following his BA, with Distinction, in Human Biology from Stanford University and then his MD at UCSF, Dr. Fisher completed residencies in pediatrics and neurology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and then a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Johns Hopkins. He also obtained a master’s degree in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. After starting out on the faculty at Hopkins, in 1997 Dr. Fisher was recruited back to Palo Alto, where he started the pediatric neuro-oncology program at Stanford University. His clinical work and research focus on epidemiology, therapy, and late effects of childhood brain tumors and other childhood cancers. He has authored over 300 scholarly publications on these and other neurology and pediatrics topics.

Dr. Fisher is a longtime faculty member at Stanford. He was Chief of the Division of Child Neurology at Stanford for 15 years and then Interim Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences. Over his time at Stanford, Dr. Fisher has served as a member of the School of Medicine Admissions Committee, IRB member, Neurology Clerkship Director, Child Neurology Residency Program Director, Senior Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in Neurology, and Bing Director of the Program in Human Biology in the School of Humanities and Sciences from 2012 through 2019. He is a past recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Arthur L. Bloomfield and Henry J. Kaiser Awards in the School of Medicine, as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association Award for excellence in undergraduate education. He currently teaches the popular undergraduate classes “Cancer Epidemiology” and “The Human Organism” in Human Biology.

Dr. Fisher is presently the Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Pediatrics, and past editorial board member for the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Frontiers in Pediatric Oncology, and the Journal of Neuro-Oncology. In 2021, he was elected to the COPE Council of the Committee on Publication Ethics, and he has interests in plagiarism, text-recycling, and the editorial process.

Dr. Fisher’s personal interests are his wife Joy and three grown children, along with downhill skiing, anything baseball, travel with intense picnicking, and his dogs Monkey and Mona.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (1995)
  • B.A., Stanford University, Human Biology (1985)
  • Medical Education: University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (1989) CA
  • Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Residency (1990) MD
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Residency (1991) MD
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins Neurology Residency (1994) MD
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Child Neurology (1995) PA
  • Board Certification, Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (1995)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology - Child Neurology (1998)
  • Board Certification: United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, Neuro-Oncology (2017)

Honors & Awards
  • 39th Annual Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Stanford School of Medicine (2007)
  • 44th Annual Arthur L. Bloomfield Award, Stanford School of Medicine (2007)
  • Dunlevie Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Stanford University (2016 - present)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association (2021)
  • Medical Staff Distinguished Service Award, Stanford Medicine Children's Health (2023)
  • Undergraduate Teaching Award, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of California, Stanford University (2020)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chief, Division of Child Neurology, Department of Neurology (2008 - 2023)
  • Interim Chair, Department of Neurology (2023 - 2024)
  • Senior Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Neurology (2019 - 2023)
  • The Bing Director, Program in Human Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences (2012 - 2019)
  • Vice Chair, Child Neurology, Department of Neurology (2016 - 2023)


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Practice Locations

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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