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William E Fisher, M.D., FACS

Professor, and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs
Baylor College of Medicine



Baylor Medicine at McNair Campus (Clinic)
Elkins Pancreas Center
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
7200 Cambridge St, 7th floor
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-2262
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  • American Board of Surgery


  • Research Fellowship at The Ohio State University
    06/1996 - Columbus, Ohio United States
  • Residency at The Ohio State University
    06/1998 - Columbus, Ohio United States
  • MD from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
    06/1990 - Cincinnati, OH United States
  • BA from Wittenberg University
    06/1986 - Springfield, OH United States


  • English


  • Male

Professional Statement

Dr. William E. Fisher is an internationally-known leader in pancreatic surgery. For over 20 years, his practice in Houston has been focused entirely on surgery for pancreatic tumors and cysts. Dr. Fisher has extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive robotic pancreas surgery. Dr. Fisher sees patients in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Never satisfied with good but striving to provide literally the best surgical care in the world is how best to describe Dr. Fisher. As Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, he participates in training the next generation of surgeons. He demonstrates to our residents and medical students, on a daily basis, the very best of all aspects of surgical care from the application of new techniques to an excellent bedside manner. He is constantly applying the very latest in medical technology balanced by his experience and a common sense approach. In short, he treats every patient exactly as he would expect a member of his immediate family to be treated. Dr. Fisher has been a member of Baylor faculty since 1998 and in that time he has built one of the largest clinical programs for the surgical treatment of pancreatic disease in Texas with outstanding outcomes. He is internationally known for his clinical work as a pancreatic surgeon, as well as his basic science and clinical research work in pancreatic cancer. As Director of the Elkins Pancreas Center at Baylor College of Medicine he has helped develop and coordinates all of the clinical care for a large pancreatic cancer patient population as well as the basic science and clinical research related to pancreatic cancer being performed at Baylor. Dr. Fisher’s clinical research program has been highlighted by his role as PI of two NIH-funded multicenter randomized clinical trials that generated practice changing impact on the use of drains during pancreatectomy, and the subsequent development of a multicenter pancreatic surgery outcomes consortium. His basic science lab has studied the influence of gastrointestinal hormones on pancreatic cancer growth, the relationship between diabetes and pancreatic cancer, and genomic analysis of pancreatic cancer, resulting in over 160 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fisher is currently PI at BCM for the NIH Consortium to Study Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer. Dr. Fisher was also the driving force behind several large collaborative gene sequencing studies that lead to novel discoveries of the genetics of pancreatic cancer published in Nature. Dr. Fisher leads a team of research clinicians dedicated to translating discoveries from the bench to the bedside and has served as principal investigator on more than 15 clinical trials for patients with pancreatic cancer.Dr. Fisher has also significantly impacted numerous surgery residents who have gone on to make their own contributions to American surgery.

Professional Achievements

  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer
    Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
  • Top 1% of doctors in the U.S.
    U.S. News and World Report
  • “Texas Super Doctor”
    Texas Monthly
  • Master Clinician Award for Excellence in Patient Care
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2010 DeBakey Distinguished Service Award
    Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
  • 2019 George P. Noon Faculty Professionalism Award
    Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery

Professional Interests

  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure)
  • Laparoscopic pancreatectomy
  • Minimally invasive/laparoscopic/robotic pancreatic surgery
  • Pancreas cancer
  • Distal and central pancreatectomy
  • Pancreas resection
  • Surgical oncology
  • Common bile duct resection
  • Puestow procedure
  • Frey procedure

Physician Specialties

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Pancreas Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Whipple Procedure


  • American College of Surgeons
  • The Zollinger Surgical Society
  • American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • American Surgical Association
  • Southwest Oncology Group
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress
  • The Association for Academic Surgery
  • The International Association of Pancreatology
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract