Robert Fisher, MD, PhD

Epilepsy specialist, Neurophysiologist

Bio:   Dr. Fisher is Maslah Saul MD Professor and Director of the Stanford Epilepsy Center. He had research awards from the Klingenstein Foundation, EF, CURE and NIH. He published 160 peer-reviewed articles and 4 books. He was named 1996-2016 in Best Doctors in America. He received the Ambassador Award from the International League Against Epilepsy, the 2005 AES Service Award and the 2006 Annual Clinical Research Award. Dr. Fisher is Past-President of the American Epilepsy Society, and has served on the Board of the ILAE and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Epilepsia. He is past Editor-in-Chief of the website epilepsy.com. His research is on new devices to treat epilepsy.
4.8 out of 5
159 Patient Ratings
29 Patient Comments

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Neurodiagnostic Labs

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Epilepsy, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2013)
  • Residency: Stanford University Medical Center (1979) CA
  • Board Certification: Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1992)
  • Board Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1983)
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1982) MD
  • Internship: Stanford University Medical Center (1978) CA
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1977) CA
  • BS, Caltech, Biology (1971)
  • M.D., Stanford, Medicine (1977)
  • Ph.D., Stanford, Neuroscience (1976)

Honors & Awards

  • Member, Marquis' Who's Who in America (2000)
  • Frank Ford Award for Teaching, Johns Hopkins Hospital (1984)
  • Hans Berger Award, American EEG Society (1976)
  • National Service Award, American Epilepsy Society (2004)
  • Ambassador Award, International League Against Epilepsy (2000)
  • President, American Epilepsy Society (2000)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Epilepsia, International League Against Epilepsy (2001-2006)
  • Annual International Clinical Research Award, American Epilepsy Society (2006)
  • Pierre Gloor Award, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (Annual National EEG Award) (2010)
  • Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White (1998-2016)

Administrative Appointments

  • Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation of America (1990 - 2004)
  • President, Epilepsy Society of Arizona (1997 - 1999)
  • Chair of Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ (1998 - 2000)
  • President, American Epilepsy Society (1999 - 2000)
  • Maslah Saul MD Professor of Neurology, Stanford Medical Center (2000 - Present)
  • Director, Epilepsy Center, Stanford (2000 - Present)
  • Professor (by courtesy), Neurosurgery (2000 - Present)
  • Director, Neurology Teaching, Stanford (2000 - Present)
  • Editor-In-Chief, Epilepsia (2000 - 2005)
  • Executive Committee, International League Against Epilepsy (2000 - 2005)

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Explanations

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Listens

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Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Wait times

SHC Patient, May 2016

The doctor spoke too fast and it was upsetting that he didn't realize my brain injury makes this difficult. He also didn't notice when I was in pain after a test. HOWEVER I think this was because my situation is complex and he spent so much time with me. I wanted more information that was probably beyond the scope of the appointment.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Fisher is always fantastic. that's why he's my Epileptologist.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Fisher is the most knowledgeable epilepsy neurologist I've experienced. I am so happy to have found his experience w/my type of epilepsy.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

As always, Dr. Fisher treated me as a patient and showed concern for me as a person. I always recommend when someone is seeking a neurologist. Doctors' time with patients is always very limited, but HE is very - Efficient within those limits!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Great care provider! I would highly recommend dr. Fisher.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Fisher is the best. We don't want to see him retire. He always is upbeat and looking to the future. Dr. Robert Fisher has been with me since 2002 and he is more caring and knowledgeable than any other doctor. 14 years!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I Have recommended Dr.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Fisher is amazing! He went well over what anyone would expect. He is the best +++ and epileptologist I have ever had.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I am lucky to be able to see Dr. Fisher. He has helped me with my epilepsy when no other neurologist could have.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Very good experience. Dr was the first to take me through the pictures or my brain which was very helpful!

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Fisher is amazing! He is so nice and really cares about his patients. The best neurologist I've had.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Great Dr made sure all my questions were answered

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4.8 out of 5
159 Patient Ratings
29 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, May 2016

The doctor spoke too fast and it was upsetting that he didn't realize my brain injury makes this difficult. He also didn't notice when I was in pain after a test. HOWEVER I think this was because my situation is complex and he spent so much time with me. I wanted more information that was probably beyond the scope of the appointment.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Fisher is always fantastic. that's why he's my Epileptologist.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Fisher is the most knowledgeable epilepsy neurologist I've experienced. I am so happy to have found his experience w/my type of epilepsy.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

As always, Dr. Fisher treated me as a patient and showed concern for me as a person. I always recommend when someone is seeking a neurologist. Doctors' time with patients is always very limited, but HE is very - Efficient within those limits!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Great care provider! I would highly recommend dr. Fisher.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Fisher is the best. We don't want to see him retire. He always is upbeat and looking to the future. Dr. Robert Fisher has been with me since 2002 and he is more caring and knowledgeable than any other doctor. 14 years!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I Have recommended Dr.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Fisher is amazing! He went well over what anyone would expect. He is the best +++ and epileptologist I have ever had.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I am lucky to be able to see Dr. Fisher. He has helped me with my epilepsy when no other neurologist could have.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Very good experience. Dr was the first to take me through the pictures or my brain which was very helpful!

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Fisher is amazing! He is so nice and really cares about his patients. The best neurologist I've had.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Great Dr made sure all my questions were answered

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

I ALREADY recommend him to others with epilepsy. (My condition I'm being treated for.)

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Robert Fisher saw my husband and I on his day off. Stellar.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

excellent

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

The care from Dr. Fisher and Mimi Callahan is excellent. We are very pleased with all aspects of attention and care that is provided by both of them

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Fisher is efficient, thoughtful, and thorough. When he determined that my symptoms were not neurological, he rushed me to urgent care himself; making sure to get me through faster. He even came to check-up on how I was doing after my surgery. A kind, smart doctor.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Fisher is easily one of the best doctors in the country. I would recommend him without any reservations whatsoever.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Fisher has always been a great dr. always had an answer or explanation. That's why I drive over from Aptos or Carmel.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Dr. Fisher spent 1-1/2 hrs with us. He was so knowledgeable and helped us a great deal in helping us understand issues that had been poorly dealt with by our doctor in Hawaii. We had an OUTSTANDING experience with him & his clinic.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I have already recommended this provider to my friends.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I already do recommend Dr. Fisher to others! We have an epilepsy support group that loves to hear Dr. Fisher's presentations. he is the greatest epileptologist on this side of the continent!

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

I know Dr. Fisher loves this work.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

I was impressed that he personally came to the waiting room to call me back instead of administrative staff or a nurse.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

If I didn't live 3 hours away I would treat exclusively at Stanford!

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

I always let epileptic people know that Mimi Callanan, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Martha Morrell plus Dr. Lawrence sure are good doctors.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Dr. Fisher is the best doctor ever!

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Dr. Fisher is the best neurologist I have been to in my 40 years of epilepsy - he has helped get the best control of my seizures.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Dr. Fisher is excellent.