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John P. Fischer, MD, MPH
Plastic Surgery

 
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Administrative Office:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Center for Human Appearance
South Pavillion - 14th Floor
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Administrative Assistant: Kimberly Curtis
Administrative Telephone: 215-662-7300
Administrative Fax: 215-615-3397

Clinical Offices:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Center for Human Appearance
South Pavillion - 7th Floor
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penn Medicine University City
3737 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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john.fischer2@uphs.upenn.edu

 

John P. Fischer, MD joins the University of Pennsylvania Health System as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty, Dr. Fischer completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College and medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY graduating AOA. Dr. Fischer completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Fischer has appointments at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center, and Pennsylvania Hospital. His practice focuses on both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery with a special interest in abdominal wall and hernia repair, breast reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery of the trunk and breasts.

In addition to focusing on clinical and patient care, Dr. Fischer is engaged in patient-centered outcomes and health services research, overseeing the Clinic Research Program within the Division of Plastic Surgery.

 
Faculty Appointments
2015 - present Assistant Professor of Surgery at PPMC & HUP
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2015 - present Attending Surgeon Surgeon
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2015 - present Active Surgeon, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2015 - present Active Surgeon, Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Other Appointments
2014 - present  Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Fellow)
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Education/Training
2014 - 2015 MPH - Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
 
2005 - 2009 MD - State University of New York – Upstate
Syracuse, New York
 
2001 - 2005 BA - Hamilton College (Mathematics & Neuroscience)
Clinton, New York
 
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2014 - 2015 Administrative Chief Residency in Plastic Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2012 - 2014  Residency in Plastic Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2010 - 2012 Residency in General Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2009 - 2010 Internship in General Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Memberships/Societies
 
National/International Societies
2014 - present  International Society of Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL)
 
2014 - present  Center for Surgery and Health Economics (Fellow)
 
2014 - present  Association for Academic Surgeons (Resident Member)
 
2014 - present  Americas Hernia Society (Resident Member)
 
2014 - present  American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (Resident Member) 
 
2014 - present  American College of Surgeons (Resident Member)
 
2013 - present  Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons (Resident Member)
 
2013 - present Plastic Surgery Research Council (Resident Member)
 
2013 - present American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (Resident Member)
 
2013 - present American Society of Plastic Surgeons (Resident Member)
ASPS/PSF Curriculum Development Committee Member, 2014
 
2012 - present Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (Resident Member)
 
Local/Regional Societies
2015 - present Member, Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders and Biomechanics Core
 
2012 - present  Philadelphia Academy of Surgery (Resident Member)
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics (2015 - present)
Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (2015 - present)
 
Research
2014 “Post-Mastectomy Lymphedema: Establishing the Impact of Breast Reconstruction on
Surgical Outcomes, Quality of Life and Cost Efficacy” funded by the Edwin & Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance
 
2014 “Long-term Outcomes and Cost Associated with Autologous- and Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction” funded by the Edwin & Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance
 
2013 “Prospective assessment of satisfaction, outcomes, and cost in breast reconstruction” funded by the Edwin & Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance
 
 
 
Publications
 
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Hartley CE, Varma M, Fischer JP, Riccardi R, Strauss JA, Shah S, Zhang S, Yang ZJ.  Neuro-protective effects of erythropoietin on acute metabolic and pathological changes in experimen-tally induced neurotrauma.  Journal of Neurosurgery 109(4):708-714, Oct. 2008.  PMID: 18826359.
  2. Albert SP, DiRocco J, Allen GB, Bates JHT, Lafollette R, Kubiak BD, Fischer J, Maroney S, Nieman GF.  The role of time and pressure on alveolar recruitment.  Journal of Applied Physiology (1985) 106(3):757-765, Mar. 2009.  PMID: 19074576.
  3. Fischer J, Solari M, Shestak K.  Enlarging breast mass in patient with history of polyurethane implants. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 125(2):68e-70e, Feb. 2010. PMID: 20124812.
  4. Fosnot J, Fischer JP, Smartt JM Jr,  Low DW, Kovach SJ 3rd, Wu LC, Serletti JM.  Does previous chest wall irradiation increase vascular complications in free autologous breast reconstruction?  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 127(2):496-504, Feb. 2011.  PMID: 20966818.
  5. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Mirzabeigi MN, Wang GJ, Foley PJ 3rd, Wu LC, Woo EY, Kanchwala S.  Prophylactic muscle flaps in vascular surgery. Journal of Vascular Surgery 55:1081-1086, Apr. 2012 (Epub Dec. 29, 2011).  PMID: 22209610.
  6. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Rohrbach JI, Wu LC, Woo EY, Kovach SJ, Low DW, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S.  Prophylactic muscle flaps in vascular surgery: The Penn Groin Assessment Scale.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 129(6):940e-949e, June 2012. PMID: 22327893.
  7. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Mirzabeigi MN, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S.  Perioperative hemodynamics in free flap breast reconstruction: Incidence, predictors, and management of tachycardia.  Annals of Plastic Surgery 69(4):356-360, Oct. 2012.  PMID: 22868304.
  8. Fischer JP, Sieber B, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ, Taylor JA, Serletti JM, Wu LC, Kanchwala S, Bartlett SP, Low DW.  A 15-year experience of complex scalp reconstruction using free tissue transfer-analysis of risk factors for complications.  Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 29(2):89-97, Feb. 2013 (Epub Dec. 19, 2012).  PMID: 23254537.
  9. Fischer JP, Sieber B, Nelson JA, Cleveland E, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Kanchwala S, Serletti JM. Comprehensive outcome and cost analysis of free tissue transfer for breast reconstruction: An experience with 1303 flaps. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 131(2):195-203, Feb. 2013.  PMID: 23357982.
  10. Fischer JP, Wink JD, Nelson JA, Cleveland E, Grover R, Wu LC, Levin LS, Kovach SJ. A retrospective review of outcomes and flap selection in free tissue transfers for complex lower extremity reconstruction.  Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 29(6):407-416, July 2013 (Epub Apr. 18, 2013).  PMID: 23599213.
  11. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Sieber B, Cleveland E, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S. Free tissue transfer in the obese patient: an outcome and cost analysis in 1258 consecutive abdominally based reconstructions. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 131(5):681e-692e, May 2013.  PMID: 23629107.
  12. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Cleveland E, Sieber B, Rohrbach JI, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S.  Breast reconstruction modality outcome study: A comparison of expander/implants and free flaps in select patients. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 131(5):928-934, May 2013.  PMID: 23629074.
  13. Bartlett EK, Meise C, Bansal N, Fischer JP, Low DW, Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC.  Sartorius transposition during inguinal lymphadenectomy for melanoma.  Journal of Surgical Research 184(1):209-215, Sept. 2013 (Epub May 8, 2013). PMID: 23688786.
  14. Fischer JP, Mirzabeigi MN, Sieber BA, Nelson JA, Wu LC, Kovach SJ, Low DW, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S.  Outcome analysis of 244 consecutive flaps for managing complex groin wounds. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 66(10):1396-1404, Oct. 2013 (Epub July 5, 2013). PMID: 23831123.
  15. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Peri-operative risk factors associated with early tissue expander (TE) loss following immediate breast reconstruction (IBR): A review of 9305 patients from the 2005-2010 ACS-NSQIP datasets.  Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 66(11):1504-1512, Nov. 2013 (Epub July 9, 2013). PMID: 23845908.
  16. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Brazio PS, Kovach SJ, Rosson GD, Rad AN.  A review of propeller flaps for distal lower extremity soft tissue reconstruction: Is flap loss too high? Microsurgery (Epub July 16, 2013). PMID: 23861186.
  17. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Au A, Ct T 3rd, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Complications and morbidity following breast reconstruction: A review of 16,063 cases from the 2005-2010 NSQIP datasets. Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48(2):104-114, Apr. 2014 (Epub July 18, 2013). PMID: 23865900.
  18. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Radecki MA, Pasick C, McGrath J, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Delayed autologous breast reconstruction: Factors which influence patient decision making. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 66(11):1513-1520, Nov. 2013 (Epub July 22, 2013). PMID: 23886556.
  19. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Wu LC, Kanchwala S.  Impact of obesity on outcomes in breast reconstruction: Analysis of 15,937 patients from the ACS-NSQIP datasets. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 217(4):656-664, Oct. 2013 (Epub July 25, 2013). PMID: 2389107.
  20. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Tuggle CT 3rd, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Risk analysis of early implant loss after immediate breast reconstruction: A review of 14,585 patients. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 217(6):983-990, Dec. 2013 (Epub Aug. 21, 2013). PMID: 23973103.
  21. Cleveland EC, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Sieber B, Low DW, Kovach SJ 3rd, Wu LC, Serletti JM.  Optimizing the fascial closure: an analysis of 1261 abdominally based free flap reconstructions. Annals of Plastic Surgery 71(3):255-260, Sept. 2013.  PMID: 23945529.
  22. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Nelson JA, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ.  Factors associated with readmission following plastic surgery: A review of 10,669 procedures from the 2011 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data set. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 132(3):666-674, Sept. 2013.  PMID: 23676965.
  23. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Pasick C, Nelson P, Chen AJ, Fosnot J, Selber JC, Wu LC, Serletti JM. Chronic pain following abdominal free flap breast reconstruction: A prospective pilot analysis. Annals of Plastic Surgery 71(3):278-282, Sept. 2013. PMID: 23788145.
  24. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Tuggle CT, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Risk analysis and stratification of surgical morbidity after immediate breast reconstruction. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 217(5):780-787, Nov. 2013 (Epub Sept. 25, 2013). PMID: 24074811.
  25. Fischer JP, Cleveland EC, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Wu LC, Kanchwala S. Breast reconstruction in the morbidly obese patient: Assessment of 30-day complications using the 2005 to 2010 National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data sets. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 132(4):750-761, Oct. 2013. PMID: 24076667.
  26. Fischer JP, Shang EK, Butler CE, Nelson JA, Braslow BM, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ.  Validated model for predicting postoperative respiratory failure: Analysis of 1706 abdominal wall reconstructions. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 132(5):826e-835e, Nov. 2013. PMID: 24165634.
  27. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Grover R, Cleveland E, Kanchwala S, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  The impact of anemia on microsurgical breast reconstruction complications and outcomes. Microsurgery 34(4):261-270, May 2014 (Epub Nov. 4, 2013). PMID: 24436188.
  28. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ.  Complications in body contouring proce-dures: An analysis of 1797 patients from the 2005 to 2010 american college of surgeons national surgical quality improvement program databases. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 132(6):1411-1420, Dec. 2013. PMID: 24005367.
  29. Fischer JP, Shang EK, Nelson JA, Wu LC, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ.  Patterns of preoperative laboratory testing in patients undergoing outpatient plastic surgery procedures. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 34(1):133-141, Jan. 1, 2014 (Epub Dec. 12, 2013). PMID: 24334303.
  30. Fischer JP, Tuggle CT, Au A, Kovach SJ.  A 30-day risk assessment of mastectomy alone compared to immediate breast reconstruction (IBR). Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48(3):209-215, June 2014 (Epub Dec. 16, 2014). PMID: 24328902.
  31. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Yan C, Fosnot J, Selber JC, Wu LC, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S.  The impact of obesity on abdominal wall function after free autologous breast reconstruction. Microsurgery 34(5):352-360, July 2014 (Epub Dec. 26, 2013). PMID: 24375437.
  32. Fischer JP, Wes A, Wink JD, Nelson JA, Braslow BM, Kovach SJ.  Analysis of risk factors, morbidity, and cost associated with respiratory complications following abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR). Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 133(1):147-156, Jan. 2014.  PMID: 24374674.
  33. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Cleveland EC, Wink JD, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ.  Abdominal wall reconstruction in the obese: An assessment of complications from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program datasets. American Journal of Surgery 207(4):467-475, Apr. 2014 (Epub Jan. 4, 2014). PMID: 24507860.
  34. Grover R, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  The impact of perforator number on deep inferior epigastric perforator flap breast reconstruction. Archives of Plastic Surgery 41(1):63-70, Jan. 2014 (Epub Jan. 13, 2014). PMID: 24511497.
  35. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Kanchwala S, Kovach JS.  Effect of BMI on modality-specific outcomes in immediate breast reconstruction (IBR)-a propensity-matched analysis using the 2005-2011 ACS-NSQIP datasets. Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48(5):297-304, Oct. 2014 (Epub Jan. 20, 2014).  PMID: 24443774.
  36. Fischer JP, Tuggle CT, Wes AM, Basta MN, Kovach SJ.  Concurrent panniculectomy with open ventral hernia repair has added risk versus ventral hernia repair: An analysis of the ACS-NSQIP database. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 67(5):693-701, May 2014 (Epub Jan. 28, 2014). PMID: 24525270.
  37. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Kovach SJ.  The impact of surgical resident participation in breast reduction surgery: Outcome analysis from the 2005-2011 ACS-NSQIP datasets. Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48(5):315-321, Oct. 2014 (Epub Jan. 30, 2014). PMID: 24479791.
  38. Medina ND, Fischer JP, Fosnot J, Serletti JM, Wu LC, Kovach SJ 3rd.  Lower extremity free flap outcomes using an anastomotic venous coupler device.  Annals of Plastic Surgery 72(2):176-179, Feb. 2014.  PMID: 23241773.
  39. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Wink JD, Kovach SJ 3rd. A population-level analysis of abdominal wall reconstruction by component separation in the morbidly obese patient: Can it be performed safely? Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48(5):305-311, Oct. 2014 (Epub Feb. 4, 2014). PMID: 24495185.
  40. Lu SM, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Fosnot J, Goldstein J, Selber JC, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  The impact of complications on function, health, and satisfaction following abdominally based autologous breast reconstruction: A prospective evaluation. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 67(5):682-692, May 2014 (Epub Feb. 5, 2014). PMID: 24553313.
  41. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Chung C, Wes A, Tuggle AM, Tuggle CT, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ.  Obesity and early complications following reduction mammaplasty: An analysis of 4545 patients from the 2005-2011 NSQIP datasets. Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48(5):334-339, Oct. 2014 (Epub Feb. 10, 2014). PMID: 24506446.
  42. Wink JD, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Cleveland EC, Kovach SJ.  Free tissue transfer for complex reconstruction of the lower extremity: Experience of a young microsurgeon. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 30(5):349-358, June 2014 (Epub Feb. 17, 2014). PMID: 24535676.
  43. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Lu S, Fosnot J, Selber JC, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Preoperative anemia impacts early postoperative recovery following autologous breast reconstruction. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 67(6):797-803, June 2014 (Epub Feb. 21, 2014). PMID: 24613772.
  44. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Tuggle CT, Wu LC.  Venous thromboembolism risk in mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction: Analysis of the 2005 to 2011 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data sets.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery133(3):263e-273e, Mar. 2014.  PMID: 24572870.
  45. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Nelson JA, Braslow BM, Chen L, Kovach SJ.  The use of epidurals in abdominal wall reconstruction: An analysis of outcomes and cost. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 133(3):687-699, Mar. 2014. PMID: 24263390.
  46. Cleveland EC, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Wink JD, Levin LS, Kovach SJ III.  Free flap lower extremity reconstruction in the obese population: Does weight matter? Journal of Recon-structive Microsurgery 30(4):263-270, May 2014 (Epub Mar. 3, 2014). PMID: 24590322.
  47. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Wink JD, Kovach SJ.  A population-level analysis of bilateral breast reduction: Does age affect early complications? Aesthetic Surgery Journal 34(3):409-416, Mar. 2014 (Epub Mar. 6, 2014). PMID: 24604788.
  48. Fischer JP, Shang EK, Wingate NA, Cleveland E, Wink J, Nelson JA, Woo EY, Jackson BM, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S. Predicting the need for muscle flap salvage after open groin vascular procedures: A clinical assessment tool. Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48(6):389-395, Dec. 2014 (Epub Mar. 25, 2014). PMID: 24666001.
  49. Wink JD, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, et al. Direct-to-implant breast reconstruction: An analysis of 1612 cases from the ACS-NSQIP surgical outcomes database.  Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48(6):375-381, Dec. 2014 (Epub Mar. 27, 2014).  PMID: 24673121.
  50. Wes AM, Cleveland EC, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ, Kanchwala S, Wu LC, Serletti JM. Do prior abdominal surgeries increase complications in abdominally-based breast reconstruction? Annals of Plastic Surgery (Epub Mar. 28, 2014).  PMID: 24691317.
  51. Del Corrall GA, Wes AM, Fischer JP, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Outcomes and cost analysis in high risk patients undergoing simultaneous free flap breast reconstruction and gynecologic procedures.  Annals of Plastic Surgery (Epub Mar. 28, 2014).  PMID: 24691318.
  52. Fosnot J, Jandali S, Fischer JP, Wu LC, Serletti JM.  The patient's perspective on the effect of autologous breast reconstruction on lymphedema. Annals of Plastic Surgery (Epub Mar. 29, 2014). PMID: 24691304.
  53. Wink JD, Wes MA, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Kovach, SJ.  Risk factors associated with early failure in complex abdominal wall reconstruction: A 5 year single surgeon experience. Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 49(2):77-82, Apr. 2015 (Epub Apr. 3, 2014). PMID: 24693869.
  54. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Nelson JA, Basta M, Rohrbach JI, Wu LC, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ. Propensity-matched, longitudinal outcomes analysis of complications and cost: Comparing abdominal free flaps and implant-based breast reconstruction. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 219(2):303-312, Aug. 2014 (Epub Apr. 8, 2014). PMID: 24916480.
  55. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Sieber B, Stransky C, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Wu LC. Transfu-sions in autologous breast reconstructions: An analysis of risk factors, complications, and cost.  Annals of Plastic Surgery 72(5):566-571, May 2014.  PMID: 23241792.
  56. Pannucci CJ, Nelson JA, Chung C, Fischer JP, Kanchwala S, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Wu LC. Medicinal leeches for surgically uncorrectable venous congestion after free flap breast recon-struction. Microsurgery 34(7):522-526, Oct. 2014 (Epub May 22, 2014). PMID: 24848693.
  57. Fischer JP, Wink JD, Tuggle CT, Nelson JA, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ.  Predictive risk model of 30-day mortality in plastic and reconstructive surgery patients. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(1):156-164, July 2014. PMID: 25028823.
  58. Basta MN, Fischer JP, Kovach SJ.  Assessing complications and cost-utilization in ventral hernia repair utilizing biologic mesh in a bridged underlay technique. American Journal of Surgery 209(4):695-702, Apr. 2015 (Epub July 11, 2014). PMID: 25305799.
  59. Fischer JP, Basta MN, Wink JD, Wes AM, Kovach SJ.  Optimizing patient selection in ventral hernia repair with concurrent panniculectomy: An analysis of 1974 patients from the ACS-NSQIP datasets. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 67(11):1532-1540, Nov. 2014 (Epub July 12, 2014). PMID: 25085825.
  60. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Wink JD, Nelson JA, Rohrbach JI, Braslow BM, Kovach SJ.  Analysis of perioperative factors associated with increased cost following abdominal wall reconstruc-tion (AWR). Hernia 18(5):617-624, Oct. 2014 (Epub July 20, 2014). PMID: 25038893.
  61. Fischer JP, Wes AM, Tuggle CT, Nelson JA, Tchou JC, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ, Wu LC.  Mastectomy with or without immediate implant reconstruction has similar 30-day perioperative outcomes.  Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 67(11):1515-1522, Nov. 2014 (Epub July 31, 2014).  PMID: 25175274.
  62. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Chung C, Wu LC, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ.  Risk of readmission following immediate breast reconstruction: Results from the 2011 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data sets. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(2):193e-201e, Aug. 2014. PMID: 25068340.
  63. Paine KM, Tahiri Y, Wes A, Fischer JP, Paliga JT, Taylor JA.  Patient risk factors for ambulatory cleft lip repair: An outcome and cost analysis. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(2):275e-282e, Aug. 2014. PMID: 25068348.
  64. Delong MR, Hughes DB, Caca JG, Fischer JP, Bond JE, Hargrove WC, Atluri P, Levin LS,  Erdmann D.  Sternal talon offers a solution for secondary sternum osteosynthesis in patients with nonunion. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 98(5):1804-1808, Nov. 2014 (Epub Sept. 18, 2014). PMID: 25240779.
  65. Fischer JP, Basta MB, Mirzabeigi MN, Braslow BM, Kovach SJ. A comparison of outcomes and cost in VHWG grade II hernias between Rives-Stoppa synthetic mesh hernia repair vs. underlay biologic mesh repair. Hernia 18(6):781-789, Dec. 2014 (Epub Sept. 24, 2014). PMID: 25249250.
  66. Gerety P, Basta MN, Fracol M, Fischer JP, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S, Low DW, Wu LC.  A preoperative risk-stratification model for medical and surgical complications in complex head and neck microvascular reconstruction.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(4 Suppl 1):10, Oct. 2014.  PMID: 25254685
  67. Basta MN, Fischer JP, Wink JD, Kovach SJ.  Mortality after inpatient open ventral hernia repair: Developing a risk-stratification tool based upon 55,760 operations.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(4 Suppl 1):24-25, Oct. 2014.  PMID: 25254704.
  68. Gerety PA, Basta MN, Fischer JP, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA.  Operative management of non-syn-dromic sagittal craniosynostosis: A head-to-head meta-analysis of outcomes comparing three techniques. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 134(4 Suppl 1):23-24, Oct. 2014.  PMID: 25254702
  69. Wes AM, Wink JD, Kovach SJ, Fischer JP.  Venous thromboembolism in body contouring: An analysis of 17,774 patients From the National Surgical Quality Improvement (NSQIP) databases. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(4 Suppl 1):121-122, Oct. 2014.PMID: 25254845.
  70. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Grover R, Wes MA, Nelson P, Au A, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Intraoperative perfusion management impacts postoperative outcomes: An analysis of 682 autologous breast reconstruction patients. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 68(2):175-183, Feb. 2015 (Epub Oct. 30, 2014). PMID: 25456289.
  71. Sobanko JF, Fischer J, Etzkorn J, Miller CJ.  Local fasciocutaneous sliding flaps for soft-tissue defects of the dorsum of the hand. JAMA Dermatology 150(11):1187-1191, Nov. 2014. PMID: 25076099.
  72. Nelson JA, Chung CU, Fischer JP, Kanchwala SK, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Wound healing complications after autologous breast reconstruction: A model to predict risk. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 68(4):531-539, Apr. 2015 (Epub Nov. 28, 2014). PMID: 25557724.
  73. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Mackay DJD, Mirzabeigi MN, Cabiling DS, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Kanchwala SK.  The limited incision harvest of the rectus femoris flap for complex groin wound management. Annals of Plastic Surgery 73(Suppl 2):S161-164, Dec. 2014. PMID: 25046666.
  74. Nelson JA, Shaked O, Fischer JP, Mirzabeigi MN, Jandali S, Kovach SJ, Low DW, Acker MA, Kanchwala SK.  Complex wound management in ventricular assist device (VAD) patients: The role of aggressive debridement and vascularized soft tissue coverage. Annals of Plastic Surgery 73(Suppl 2):S165-170, Dec. 2014. PMID: 25393384.
  75. Nelson JA, Stransky CA, Fischer JP, Serletti JM, Fosnot J, Wu LC.  Reexamining free flap breast reconstruction in the community and university setting: Is there a difference? Annals of Plastic Surgery 73(Suppl 2):S171-174, Dec. 2014. PMID: 25046665.
  76. Basta MN, Fischer JP, Kovach SJ.  The thoracoplastic approach to chest wall reconstruction: Preliminary results of a multidisciplinary approach to minimize morbidity. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(6):959e-967e, Dec. 2104. PMID: 25415119.
  77. Fischer JP, Wink JD, Tuggle CT, Kovach SJ.  Wound risk assessment in ventral hernia repair: Generation and internal validation of a risk stratification system using the ACS-NSQIP.  Hernia 19(1):103-111, Feb. 2015 (Epub Dec. 4, 2014). PMID: 25472771.
  78. Butler PD, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Chang B, Kanchwala S, Wu LC, Serletti JM.  African-American women have equivalent outcomes following autologous free flap breast reconstruction despite greater preoperative risk factors.  American Journal of Surgery 209(4):589-596, Apr. 2015 (Epub Dec. 19, 2014). PMID: 25576165.
  79. Fischer JP, Basta MN, Shubinets V, Serletti JM, Fosnot J.  A systematic meta-analysis of prosthetic-based breast reconstruction in irradiated fields with or without autologous muscle flap coverage. Annals of Plastic Surgery (Epub Dec. 19, 2014). PMID: 25536206.
  80. Yan C, Fischer JP, Wes AM, Basta MN, Rohrbach JI, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  The cost of major complications associated with immediate two-stage expander/implant-based breast reconstruction.  Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery (Epub Dec. 22, 2014:1-6).  PMID: 25529100.
  81. Mirzabeigi MN, Wilson AJ, Fischer JP, Basta MN, Kanchwala S, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Predicting and managing donor-site wound complications in abdominally based free flap breast reconstruction: Improved outcomes with early reoperative closure. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 135(1):14-23, Jan. 2015. PMID: 25539292.
  82. Paine KM, Paliga JT, Tahiri Y, Fischer JP, Taylor JA.  An assessment of 30-day complica-tions in primary cleft lip repair: A review of the 2012 ACS NSQIP Pediatric. Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Journal (Epub Feb. 4, 2015).  PMID: 25650653.
  83. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Grover R, Kovach SJ, Low DW, Kanchwala SK, Levin LS, Serletti JM,  Wu LC.  Vein grafting your way out of trouble: Examining the utility and efficacy of vein grafts in microsurgery.  Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (Epub Feb. 18, 2015). PMID: 25812752.
  84. Pannucci CJ, Gerety PA, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Kovach SK.  Use of intercostal perforating veins and long arterial grafts for latissimus myocutaneous free flap reconstruction of radiated low back wounds. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery (Epub Mar. 13, 2015). PMID: 25769082.
  85. Mirzabeigi MN, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S. Tamoxifen (selective estrogen-receptor modulators) and aromatase inhibitors as potential perioperative thrombotic risk factors in free flap breast reconstruction.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 135(4):670e-679e. Apr. 2015. PMID: 25811579.
  86. Chung CU, Wink JD, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Serletti JM, Kanchwala SK.  Surgical site infec-tions after free flap breast reconstruction: An analysis of 2,899 patients from the ACS-NSQIP datasets.  Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery (Epub Apr. 24, 2015).  PMID: 25910179.
  87. Bibbo, C, Nelson, JA, Fischer, JP, Levin, LS, and SJ Kovach. The Versatility of the Anterolateral Thigh Free Flap in Lower Extremity Limb Salvage for Trauma. Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. (EPub May 9, 2015) PMID: 25967853.  
  88. Yan C, Fischer JP, Freedman GM, et al. The Timing of Breast Irradiation in Two-Stage Expander/Implant Breast Reconstruction. Breast J. 2016;22(3):322-329. PMID:26864463
  89. Shubinets V, Fox JP, Sarik JR, Kovach SJ, Fischer JP. Surgically Treated Hernia following Abdominally Based Autologous Breast Reconstruction: Prevalence, Outcomes, and Expenditures. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016;137(3):749-757. PMID: 26910655
  90. Paine KM, Paliga JT, Tahiri Y, et al. An Assessment of 30-Day Complications in Primary Cleft Palate Repair: A Review of the 2012 ACS NSQIP Pediatric. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2016;53(3):357-362. PMID: 26120887
  91. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Haddock NT, et al. Striving for Normalcy after Lower Extremity Reconstruction with Free Tissue: The Role of Secondary Esthetic Refinements. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2016;32(2):101-108. PMID: 26258917
  92. Ligh CA, Nelson JA, Wink JD, et al. An analysis of early oncologic head and neck free flap reoperations from the 2005-2012 ACS-NSQIP dataset. J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2016;50(2):85-92. PMID:26571114
  93. Fracol ME, Basta MN, Nelson JA, et al. Bilateral Free Flap Breast Reconstruction After Unilateral Radiation: Comparing Intraoperative Vascular Complications and Postoperative Outcomes in Radiated Versus Nonradiated Breasts. Ann Plast Surg. 2016;76(3):311-314. PMID: 26545214
  94. Fischer JP, Basta MN, Mirzabeigi MN, et al. A Risk Model and Cost Analysis of Incisional Hernia After Elective, Abdominal Surgery Based Upon 12,373 Cases: The Case for Targeted Prophylactic Intervention. Ann Surg. 2016;263(5):1010-1017. PMID: 26465784
  95. Fischer JP, Basta MN, Krishnan NM, Wink JD, Kovach SJ. A Cost-Utility Assessment of Mesh Selection in Clean-Contaminated Ventral Hernia Repair. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016;137(2):647-659. PMID: 26818303
  96. Ecker BL, Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Fischer JP, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Laparoscopic versus open ventral hernia repair: longitudinal outcomes and cost analysis using statewide claims data. Surg Endosc. 2016;30(3):906-915. PMID: 26092027. PMID: 26092027
  97. Chung CU, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Wink JD, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ. Acute kidney injury after open ventral hernia repair: an analysis of the 2005-2012 ACS-NSQIP datasets. Hernia. 2016;20(1):131-138. PMID: 26099501
  98. Butler PD, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, et al. Racial and age disparities persist in immediate breast reconstruction: an updated analysis of 48,564 patients from the 2005 to 2011 American College of Surgeons National Surgery Quality Improvement Program data sets. Am J Surg. 2016;212(1):96-101. PMID: 26545345
  99. Bur AM, Brant JA, Newman JG, et al. Incidence and Risk Factors for Prolonged Hospitalization and Readmission after Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016. PMID: 27221574
  100. Brant JA, Bur AM, Chai R, et al. Reoperation following Adult Tonsillectomy: Review of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;154(5):779-784. PMID: 26932963
  101. Basta MN, Fox JP, Kanchwala SK, et al. Complicated breast cancer-related lymphedema: evaluating health care resource utilization and associated costs of management. Am J Surg. 2016;211(1):133-141. PMID: 26421413
  102. Basta MN, Fischer JP, Wink JD, Kovach SJ. Mortality after inpatient open ventral hernia repair: developing a risk stratification tool based on 55,760 operations. Am J Surg. 2016;211(6):1047-1057. PMID: 26975662
  103. Basta MN, Bauder AR, Kovach SJ, Fischer JP. Assessing the predictive accuracy of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Surgical Risk Calculator in open ventral hernia repair. Am J Surg. 2016. PMID: 27290635
  104. Wes AM, Wink JD, Kovach SJ, Fischer JP. Venous thromboembolism in body contouring: an analysis of 17,774 patients from the National Surgical Quality Improvement databases. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;135(6):972e-980e. PMID: 26017613
  105. Silvestre J, Basta MN, Fischer JP, Lowe KM, Mayro R, Jackson O. Minority and Public Insurance Status: Is There a Delay to Alveolar Bone Grafting Surgery? Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2015. PMID: 26575967
  106. Gerety PA, Basta MN, Fischer JP, Taylor JA. Operative Management of Nonsyndromic Sagittal Synostosis: A Head-to-Head Meta-analysis of Outcomes Comparing 3 Techniques. J Craniofac Surg. 2015;26(4):1251-1257. PMID: 26080168
  107. Forte AJ, Tuggle CT, Berlin NL, Fischer JP, Persing JA. Hysterectomy with Concurrent Panniculectomy: A Propensity-Matched Analysis of 30-Day Outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;136(3):582-590. PMID: 26313828
  108. Fischer JP, Fox JP, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM. A Longitudinal Assessment of Outcomes and Healthcare Resource Utilization After Immediate Breast Reconstruction-Comparing Implant- and Autologous-based Breast Reconstruction. Ann Surg. 2015;262(4):692-699. PMID: 26366550
  109. Fischer JP, Basta MN, Wink JD, Krishnan NM, Kovach SJ. Cost-utility analysis of the use of prophylactic mesh augmentation compared with primary fascial suture repair in patients at high risk for incisional hernia. Surgery. 2015;158(3):700-711. PMID: 26189071
  110. Basta MN, Gerety PA, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ, Fischer JP. A Systematic Review and Head-to-Head Meta-Analysis of Outcomes following Direct-to-Implant versus Conventional Two-Stage Implant Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;136(6):1135-1144. PMID: 26595013
  111. Basta MN, Fischer JP, Kanchwala SK, et al. A Propensity-Matched Analysis of the Influence of Breast Reconstruction on Subsequent Development of Lymphedema. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;136(2):134e-143e. PMID: 26218386
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications
  1. Fischer JP, Elliott RM, Kozin SH, Levin LS.  Free function muscle transfers for upper extremity reconstruction: A review of indications, techniques, and outcomes. [Review] Journal of Hand Surgery America 38(3):2485-2490, Dec. 2013 (Epub Nov. 25, 2013).  PMID: 24210720.
  2. Fischer JP, Cleveland EC, Shang EK, Nelson JA, Serletti JM.  Complications following reduc-tion mammaplasty: A review of 3538 cases from the 2005-2010 NSQIP data sets. [Review] Aesthetic Surgery Journal 34(1):66-73, Jan. 1, 2014 (Epub Dec. 13, 2013). PMID: 24334499.
  3. Tahiri Y, Fischer JP, Wink JD, Paine KM, Paliga JT, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA.  Analysis of risk factors associated with 30-day readmissions following pediatric plastic surgery: A review of 5376 procedures. [Review] Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 135(2):521-529, Feb. 2015. PMID: 25357160.
Abstracts
  1. Mirzabeigi MN, Jandali S, Fischer J, McGrath J, Kovach S, Wu LC, Low DW, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S.  Optimizing flap choice in the complex groin wound: A review of 175 consecutive cases. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 128(4S):35-36, Oct. 2011.
  2. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Sieber B, Cleveland E, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Wu LC,  Kanchwala S.  Evidence-based approach to free tissue transfer in the obese patient: Analysis of 1,258 ab-dominally-based reconstructions. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 130(5S1):78, Nov. 2012.
  3. Fischer JP, Shang EK, Wingate NA, Cleveland E, Wink J, Nelson JA, Woo EY, Jackson BM, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S.  A validated risk assessment tool for predicting need for salvage after groin cutdown.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 131(5S):44, May 2013. 
  4. Wes AM, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Serletti JM, Wu LC.  Complications in body contouring: An analysis of 1,797 patients from the 2006-2010 National Surgery Quality Improvement (NSQIP) databases. Plastic Surgery 2013, Abstract Supplement: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 132(4S-1):70, Oct. 2013.
  5. Wink JD, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ.  1,706 cases of abdominal wall reconstruction: What factors influence the occurrence of major surgical complications? Plastic Surgery 2013, Abstract Supplement: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 132(4S-1):81, Oct. 2013.
  6. Fischer JP, Shang EK, Nelson JA, Butler CE, Braslow BM, Serletti JM, Kovach SJ. Validated model to predict postoperative respiratory failure (PRF): Analysis of 1,706 abdominal wall reconstructions.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 132(5):826e-835e, Nov. 2013.
  7. Fischer JP, Tuggle CT, Wes AM, Kovach SJ 3rd. Abstract 42: Risk assessment of concurrent panniculectomy with open ventral hernia repair: A propensity score-matched analysis using the 2005-2011 ACS-NSQIP.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 133(3 Suppl):52-53, Mar. 2014.  PMID: 25942153.
  8. Gerety P, Basta MN, Fischer JP, Taylor JA, Bartlett SP.  Operative management of non-syndromic sagittal craniosynostosis: A head-to-head meta-analysis of outcomes comparing three techniques. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(4 Suppl 1):23-24, 2014. PMID: 25254702.
Editorials, Chapters, Case Reports & Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Fischer JP, Wink JD, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ 3rd.  Among 1,706 cases of abdominal wall reconstruction, what factors influence the occurrence of major operative complications? [Case Report] Surgery 155(2):311-319, Feb. 2014. PMID: 24433774.
  2. Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Serletti JM.  Breast reconstruction with free tissue transfer from the abdomen in the morbidly obese.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 133(5):714e-715e, May 2014.  PMID: 24776576.
  3. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Kanchwala SK.  Reply: Free tissue transfer in the obese patient: An outcome and cost analysis in 1258 consecutive abdominally based reconstructions. [Letter] Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 133(5):713e-714e, May 2014.  PMID: 24776575.
  4. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S.  Breast reconstruction in the morbidly obese patient: Assessment of 30-day complications using the 2005 to 2010 national surgical quality improvement program data sets. [Letter/ Commentary] Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 133(6):882e-883e, June 2014.  PMID: 24867748.
  5. Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ.  Reply: Assessing risk factors of respiratory complications following abdominal wall reconstruction.  [Letter] Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134(1):169e-170e, July 2014.  PMID: 25028839
 
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
2015 1st Place University of Pennsylvania Plastic Surgery Resident Research Competition
 
2015 2nd Place, Resident Paper Competition, 2015 Philadelphia Academy of Surgery Annual Meeting
 
2014 1st Place, Best Clinical Research Paper, 61st Annual Robert H. Ivy Annual Meeting
 
2014 2nd Place, Resident Paper Competition, 2014 Philadelphia Academy of Surgery Annual Meeting
 
2014 1st Annual Elisabeth K. Beahm Award for Best Breast Paper, ASRM Annual Meeting
Kauai, Hawaii
 
2014  Outstanding Paper, AAHS/ASPN/ASRM Joint Meeting, Kauai, Hawaii
 
2014 Dean’s Scholarship for Tuition Support, Bloomberg School of Public Health
 
2013 1st Place Clinical Paper, 2013 Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting
 
2013 1st Place, Resident Paper Competition, 2013 Philadelphia Academy of Surgery
 
2012 2nd Best Clinical Paper, American Society of Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting
 
2012 1st Place, Resident Paper Competition, 2012 Philadelphia Academy of Surgery Meeting
 
2011 1st Place Clinical Paper, 2011 Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting
 
May 2009 Magna cum Laude, SUNY Upstate
 
May 2009 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society, SUNY Upstate
 
2008 John B. and Henrietta Simeone Surgery Scholarship
 
2008  Junior AOA Medical Honor Society Inductee
 
2007 AOA Student Research Day Outstanding Poster Presentation Award
 
2005 - 2009 Dean’s Letters of Commendation for Outstanding Academic Performance, SUNY Upstate
 
May 2005 Psi Chi Honor Society, Hamilton College
 
May 2005 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Hamilton College
 
May 2005 Summa cum Laude with Honors in Mathematics and Neuroscience, Hamilton College
 
2004 Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
 
2004  Psi Chi National Honor Society
 
2003  Sieman Interdisciplinary Writing Prize, Hamilton College
 
2002 Charles A. Dana Prize Scholarship, Hamilton College
 
2002  Alexander Hamilton Writing List, Hamilton College
 
2002 - 2005 Dean’s List, Hamilton College
 
2001 National Honor Society

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