Peter Fischer, MD, MS, NRP, FACS leads a multidisciplinary team as medical director of our Elvis Presley Trauma Center, the designed Level 1 Trauma Center for Memphis and a 150-mile radius. As a board-certified trauma/surgical critical care and acute care surgeon, he helps provide lifesaving care for critically ill patients from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.
Dr. Fischer earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he served as chief resident. He also completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
Dr. Fischer has received numerous honors during his career, including the Carolinas HealthCare System Gold Touchstone Award for LEAN Project, Resident Presentation Competition awards and Most Valuable Resident Teacher Award at UTHSC, where is associate professor of surgery, associate professor of anesthesia and acute care surgical fellowship program director.
Dr. Fischer is very active in the prehospital field. He serves as the Medical Director of the Memphis Medical Air Ambulance Service (Hospital Wing) and as a Medical Team Manager for TN Task Force 1 (a FEMA search and rescue team). He continues to hold both his paramedic and firefighting certifications.
He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Southeastern Surgical Association and Harwell Wilson Surgical Society.
Dr. Fischer’s research has been published in numerous medical journals, including Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Prehospital Emergency Care and Journal of Trauma Acute Care Surgery; and he is the author of several book chapters. He is an invited reviewer for Journal of Surgical Research, Trauma and Acute Care Open and Prehospital Emergency Care.
Dr. Fischer says the most rewarding aspect of his career is the opportunity to help patients heal from serious injury and illness. “What I love most about being a physician is simply taking care of the patients. That is why I love what I do,” he said.