Professor Fisher graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1985 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1992 doing most of his training in Infectious Diseases (ID) at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. After more than a decade's work at Royal Darwin Hospital he moved to Singapore in 2003 where is now Chief of Medicine across National University Health Systems.
He is an ID physician with a strong commitment to infection prevention and control (IPC) leading efforts at the National University Hospital in Singapore since 2006. He has chaired the National IPC committee since 2014 and facilitated many courses in infection control and outbreak response globally. His experience in outbreak response includes deployment to a number of countries in Asia overwhelmed by influenza, as well as West Africa in 2014 and 2015 for the Ebola response. He is chair of the steering committee of WHO's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and was a member of the WHO mission which traveled to China in February 2020. In Singapore and internationally he has been used in a number of advisory and messaging roles during the COVID-19 response.
He has over 200 publications in the peer reviewed literature and given over 100 plenary and invited presentations at scientific meetings.
Awards and Honours
- 2003; Courage Medal, Courage foundation
- 2006; RACP John Sands Medal for outstanding contribution to College Affairs
- 2008, 2009; NUS School of Medicine Faculty Teaching excellence award
- 2009; NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award nomination
- 2008; RACP Excellence in Mentoring Award
- 2011; PS21 ExCEL Award; Outstanding Activist certificate of recognition
- 2013; NUHS-Mochtar Riady Pinnacle Excellence Award
- 2013; National Clinical Excellence Team Award (Ministry of Health)
- 2013; Gold Award; Asian Hospital Management Awards
- 2015; Healthcare Humanity Award, Courage Foundation
- 2015; PS (Health) Living the Values (Team) Award
- 2018; Resident’s Choice award (Top Impactful Healthcare Teaching)
- 2018; Minister for Health Award
- 2019; Resident’s Choice award (Professional Development Coach)
- 2019; VDO excellence award
- 2020; University of Tasmania International Alumni Award.