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 1996-2020 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 His research is on new devices to treat epilepsy.

Professional Summary

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

Awards & Memberships
  • Ambassador Award, International League Against Epilepsy (2000)
  • Annual International Clinical Research Award, American Epilepsy Society (2006)
  • Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White (1998-2020)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Epilepsia, International League Against Epilepsy (2001-2006)
  • Frank Ford Award for Teaching, Johns Hopkins Hospital (1984)
  • Hans Berger Award, American EEG Society (1976)
  • Member, Marquis' Who's Who in America (2000)
  • National Service Award, American Epilepsy Society (2004)
  • Pierre Gloor Award, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (Annual National EEG Award) (2010)
  • President, American Epilepsy Society (2000)

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


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Practice Locations

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

Make An Appointment More Clinic Information » Getting Here »

Neurogenetic Cancer Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Patient Reviews

(67 reviews)

Dr. Fisher has provided me outstanding compassionate care for many years. He has contributed much to my quality of life.
Dr. Fisher was outstanding - my highest recommendation. At first I was hesitant to travel across the country to see Dr. Fisher. I'm so glad that I did!!
Dr. Fisher was very generous w/his time and patient in dealing w/bureaucratic aspects of my condition. He is great.
Dr. Fisher is an excellent dr. I am sorry he is retiring, although he will be doing research, which is important, I will miss him.
Dr. Robert Fisher was excellent as always.
Dr. Fisher had been very good me. I was deeply saddened when he told me he was retiring soon & that I would be seeing another doctor. I hope this new doctor will be as caring and concerned about my health as Dr. Fisher was. I wish Dr. Fisher all the best in his retirement.
I find Dr. Fisher to be the best-of-the-best.
Dr. Fisher is one of the most intelligent doctors I have ever been treated by. He makes sure I leave with all my questions and concerns answered.
Dr. fisher is the best doctor I've ever had. He has always interacted: asking questions, listening, explaining everything clearly.
Dr. Fisher deserves (even more) awards. He's the best physician I've ever had. It makes SUCH a difference.
I'm only sorry that this was my last visit w/Dr. Fisher. Dr. Fisher assured me he will still be around.
Dr. Fisher has been an outstanding doctor. I will miss going to him when he retires. I trust him and he has helped me immensly.
Dr. Fisher ALWAYS excels! No epilepsy specialist can begin to compare with him.
The doctor was very understanding.
Dr. Fisher is very concerned about our daughters health.
I love Dr. Fisher. He mentioned that he will retire. I was very sad about that news. I will miss him very much. There will never be anyone as amazing as Dr. Fisher. He is my favorite!
Dr. Fisher is a great neurologist who has been treating me for 10+ years! I am sad that he is "retiring" from seeing clinic patients but wish him success in his future endeavors! He is patient & kind.
Dr. Fisher is extremely empathetic and engaging and I felt comfortable talking to him about my neurological concerns. He was thorough and answered all my questions.
Amazing neurologist would recommend him to anyone. I trust him 100%.
Dr. Fisher is awesome!!!
Best doctor I've EVER had.
Dr. Fisher is my hero. I would never ever change my doctor. I pay out-of-pocket just to see him. I trust him more than anyone when it comes to my health.
I've been with Dr.Fisher for periodic checkups for almost a year. Him and his supporting nursing staff have been great! No complaints.
The Doctor Robert is an excellent doctor & full of goodness toward the people & may God bless him always.
Dr. Fisher is the BEST!!
I really enjoyed Dr. Fisher. He took the time to explain everything. Thank you.
Dr. Fisher is one of the top epileptologists in the country, and I know many both locally and nationally having been involved on the non-profit side. He has the uncanny combination of unsurpassed medical knowledge, care for patients, and genuinely truly listens to a patient's opinions and concerns. Only one other doctor at Stanford has come close. The majority are not in the ballpark on any of these measures.
Dr. Fisher is wonderful, as is his assistant Mimi Calanan, who has followed my care for more than 20 years and has personally helped me when I needed her expertise ehile experiencing multiple seizures.
Spent a very long time with me! TOTAL confidence.
my experience was amazing. I love coming to see Dr. Fisher. he is my hero. even if I were to ever move away, I would travel to see Dr. Fisher. he makes me feel so comfortable and important every time I see him. going through the situation I just went through that resulted in this appointment, dr.Fisher made me feel so comfortable. he showed me that things can be okay again.I am so grateful for Dr. Fisher, I would never be able to thank him enough. he is amazing. thank you Dr. Fisher for everything
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Dr. Fisher is excellent has good suggestions.
Wonderful experience, I really appreciated the way that Dr. Fisher used the appointment to answer all of my questions, be thorough, and even complete the paperwork that I needed.
just outstanding
Dr Fisher has always been a great Dr for me. I hope I wont have to but if someone did ask me about a Dr I would recommend him right away
Dr. Fisher is a wonderful physician and I have recommended him to others.
As always, an excellent experience always happy afterwards.
Dr. Robert Fisher is a fantastic doctor and I have recommended him to several friends.
Was very care and understandable.
Dr. Fisher is always fantastic. that's why he's my Epileptologist.
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.
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!
Great care provider! I would highly recommend dr. Fisher.
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!
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Dr. Fisher is amazing! He went well over what anyone would expect. He is the best +++ and epileptologist I have ever had.
I am lucky to be able to see Dr. Fisher. He has helped me with my epilepsy when no other neurologist could have.
Dr. Fisher is amazing! He is so nice and really cares about his patients. The best neurologist I've had.
Very good experience. Dr was the first to take me through the pictures or my brain which was very helpful!
Great Dr made sure all my questions were answered
I ALREADY recommend him to others with epilepsy. (My condition I'm being treated for.)
Dr. Robert Fisher saw my husband and I on his day off. Stellar.
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
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.
Dr. Fisher is easily one of the best doctors in the country. I would recommend him without any reservations whatsoever.
Dr. Fisher has always been a great dr. always had an answer or explanation. That's why I drive over from Aptos or Carmel.
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.
I have already recommended this provider to my friends.
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!
I know Dr. Fisher loves this work.
I was impressed that he personally came to the waiting room to call me back instead of administrative staff or a nurse.
If I didn't live 3 hours away I would treat exclusively at Stanford!
I always let epileptic people know that Mimi Callanan, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Martha Morrell plus Dr. Lawrence sure are good doctors.
Dr. Fisher is the best doctor ever!
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.
Dr. Fisher is excellent.

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