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Carla S. Fisher, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

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Administrative Office:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Drive, 3rd Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Rachel Thomas
Administrative Telephone: 215-615-6833
Administrative Fax: 215-615-0555

Clinical Office:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Division of Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery
3400 Civic Center Drive, 3rd Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Patient Appointment: 215-615-5858 option 3
Clinical Telephone: 215-615-6833
Clinical Fax: 215-615-0555

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Dr. Carla Fisher is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who specializes in all aspects of both benign and malignant breast disease. She is also the program director for the University of Pennsylvania Fellowship Program.  She sees patients at the Rena Rowan Breast Center housed in the Abramson Cancer Center along with a multidisciplinary team that includes medical oncology, radiation oncology, breast radiology, and surgical nurse practitioners.

Dr. Fisher completed her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She fulfilled a general surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and a fellowship in breast oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Faculty Appointments
2012-present General Surgeon, Philadelphia Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
2011 - present Assistant Professor of Surgery at HUP
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2013 - present Program Director for Breast Surgery Fellowship
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
2012 - 2013 Assistant Program Director Breast Surgery Fellowship
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
2012 - present General Surgeon, Philadelphia VAMC
2011 - present Attending Surgeon
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Other Appointments
1999 - 2001 Neuroscience Basic Researcher
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2001 - 2005 MD - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1995 - 1999 BS - Penn State University
University Park, Pennsylvania
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Honors)
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2010 - 2011 Surgical Fellowship in Breast Oncology
Washington University
Saint Louis, Missouri
2005 - 2010 Residency in General Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
2011 - present Association of Academic Surgeons
2010 - present Society of Surgical Oncologists
2010 - present American Society of Breast Surgeons
2009 - present American College of Surgeons
Research Publications, peer reviewed (print or other media)
  1. Fisher CS, Cole DJ, Mitas M, Garrett-Meyer E, Metcalf JS, Gillanders WE, Mikhitarian K, Urist MM, Mann GB, Doherty G, Herrmann VM, Hill AD, Eremin O, El-Sheemy M, Orr RK, Valle AA, Henderson MA, Dewitty RL, Sugg SL, Frykberg E, Yeh K, Bell RM, Baker MK: Molecular detection of micrometastatic breast cancer in histopathology-negative axillary lymph nodes fails to predict breast cancer recurrence: A final analysis of a prospective multi-institutional cohort study. Annals of Surgical Oncology 17(Suppl 3): 312-320, October 2010.
  2. Fisher CS, Klimberg VS, Khan S, Gao F, Margenthaler JA: Margin index is not a reliable tool for predicting residual disease after breast-conserving surgery for DCIS. Annals of Surgical Oncology 18(11): 3155-3159, October 2011.
  3. Fisher CS, Margenthaler JA: A look into the ductoscope: Its role in pathologic nipple discharge. Annals of Surgical Oncology 18(11): 3187-3191, October 2011.
  4. Fisher CS, Mushawah FA, Cyr AE, Gao F, Margenthaler JA: Ultrasound-guided lumpectomy for palpable breast cancers. Annals of Surgical Oncology 18(11): 3198-3203, October 2011.
  5. Fisher CS, Ma CX, Gillanders WE, Aft RL, Eberlein TJ, Gao F, Margenthaler JA: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is associated with improved survival compared with adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with triple-negative breast cancer only after complete pathologic response. Annals of Surgical Oncology 19(1): 253-258, January 2012.
  6. Fisher CS, Wachtel MS, Margenthaler JA: Outcomes for patients who develop both breast and colorectal cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology 19(1): 242-248, January 2012.
  7. Showalter SL, Brown JC, Cheville AL, Fisher CS, Sataloff D, Schmitz K : Lifestyle Risk Factors Associated with Arm Swelling among Women with Breast Cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology October 2012.
  8. Elmore L, Myckatyn TL, Gao F, Fisher CS, Atkins J, Martin-Dunlap TM, Margenthaler JM: Reconstruction Patterns in a Single Institution Cohort of Women Undergoing Mastectomy for Breast Cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology 2012.
  9. Fisher CF, Martin-Dunlap T, Ruppel MB, Gao F, Atkins J, Margenthaler JA: Fear of recurrence and perceived survival benefit are primary motivators for choosing mastectomy over breast-conservation therapy regardless of age. Annals of Surgical Oncology 19: 3246-3250, 2012.
  10. Atkins J, Cyr A, Appleton CM, Fisher CS, Margenthaler JA: Which imaging modality is superior for predicition of response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with triple negative breast cancer? Journal of Oncology February 2013.
  11. Atkins JJ, Appleton C, Fisher CS, Gao F, Margenthaler JM: Which Imaging Modality is Superior for Prediction of Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients with Triple Negative Breast Cancer? Journal of Oncology February 2013.
  12. Fracol M, Xu S, Mick R, Fitzpatrick E, Nisenbaum H, Roses R, Fisher C, Tchou J, Fox K, Zhang P, Czerniecki BJ: Response to HER-2 Pulsed DC1 Vaccines is Predicted by BothHER-2 and Estrogen Receptor Expression in DCIS. Annals of Surgical Oncology 2013.
  13. Chatterjee A, Tchou J, Fisher CS: A Cost-Utility Analysis of the Use of Preoperative Computed Tomographic-Angiography in Abdomen-Based Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2014.
  14. Edwards C, Margenthaler JM, Fisher CS: Margin index: a useful tool for the breast surgeon? Journal of Surgical Research 2014.
Research Publications, peer-reviewed reviews
  1. Fisher CS, Freedman GM, Tchou J: Can We Identify a Subset of Patients with DCIS that can be Treated by Wide Excision Alone? Current Cancer Therapy Review 2012.
Abstracts (Last 3 years)
  1. Martin-Dunlap T, Fisher CS, Margenthaler JA: Patient Factors Predictive of Unilateral Mastectomy and Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy. Presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona April 2012.
  2. Wilson NP, Wilson FP, Freedman GM, Fisher CS: Radiation Therapy in Patients with Breast Cancer and Connective Tissue Disease. American Society of Breast Surgeons Meeting May 2014.
Alternative Media
  1. Pearson K: Breast cancer study: Patients may be too quick to have double mastectomy  Huffington Post November 29 2012 Notes: Dr. Fisher quoted in this on-line article.

Dr. Carla Fisher

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