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photo Gary S. Fischer, MD

General Internal Medicine

Associate Chief Medical Information Office, UPMC

Medical Director, eRecord Population Health and Ambulatory Decision Support

Medical Director of General Internal Medicine Ambulatory Care


Phone: 412-692-4888

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Suite 933W
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4888
Fax: 412-688-4499
Education and Training
BA, Mathematics, Franklin and Marshall College, 1986
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1990
Residency, Primary Care Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1993
Fellowship, GIM and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh, 1995
Research Interest
Dr. Fischer conducts research in several areas related to quality improvement: (1) the use of health information technology (HIT) and clinical decision support to improve quality of care; (2) the use of patient-facing HIT tools to improve patient outcomes, including with weight loss, diabetes care, hypertension, and prevention; (3) electronic communication between patients and health care providers; and (4) ambulatory quality improvement.
Clinical Interest
As medical director of the General Internal Medicine ambulatory practice, I work with our physicians and staff to foster a Patient Centered Medical Home ethos within the practice, involving patient-centeredness, expanded access, coordination of care, and a focus on data and continuous quality improvement.
Educational Interest
Dr. Fischer focuses his educational activities on medical ethics, patient-doctor communication, use of electronic communication in health care, and clinical informatics
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Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Provider-Targeted Behavioral Interventions to Prevent Unsafe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Non-Cancer Pain in Primary Care
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2022
Title: OPTIMIZing carE in Chronic Kidney Disease (OPTIMIZE CKD)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: R18 DK118460
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2021
Title: Population Health Management to Optimize Care for Patients with High Risk Chronic Kidney Disease
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Vanderbilt University
Grant Number: R01 DK116957
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2019
Title: The STOP STDs Study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Magee Womens Research Institute and Foundation
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2019
Notable Achievements
Practice Innovation and Quality Award, Society of General Internal Medicine National Meeting, 2016
Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2016
Diabetes Recognition Program, NCQA, 2013
Recognition for Contributions to Quality of Care, UPP-General Internal Medicine, 2013
Frank E. Rath Award to Outstanding Leadership in Information Technology and Innovation, UPMC Physicians Services Division, 2010
Shadyside Hospital Foundation Quality Award, 2007
Award for Committment and Excellence in Service, UPMC, 2005
First Place Quality Cup for "Improving Call Center Performance", 2002