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Charla R. Fischer, MD

Charla R. Fischer, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University

Assistant Attending Surgeon of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center


Office: 212-305-9192 | Appointments: 212-305-4565

Surgical Scheduling & Precertification: 212-305-0622

Charla R. Fischer, MD, is a specialist in the operative and non-operative treatment of spinal disorders in adolescents and adults.  She is an expert in the care of degenerative disc disease of the cervical and lumbar spine, herniated discs, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, trauma, and tumors.  She has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques and early patient recovery. Her dedication to providing the highest quality patient care is unparalleled and she strives to achieve early pain relief and immediate mobility in every patient.  “Spinal disorders can be debilitating, but through hard work and a caring team, we can get you back to your life”. – Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer’s research interests include the biology of spinal fusion, quality of life improvements after lumbar spondylolisthesis surgery, outcomes after anterior lumbar surgery, and quality of life improvements after adult deformity surgery.  Dr. Fischer has been presenting at international research meetings since medical school and has numerous international research publications.  She is committed to international medical care and past trips include the Dominican Republic.  Dr. Fischer is involved in the mentoring and training of medical students and residents. She is an active member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), part of the Emerging Leaders Program of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), a member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, a member of the North American AO Spine Association, and member of the North American Spine Society (NASS).

On December 7, 2013, Dr. Fischer provided an in-depth and insightful interview on spinal problems that occur in a wide range of patients on local New York radio station, WNYE 91.5-FM.  She fielded a variety of questions from the host and the listening audience.  To listen to the interview, 
click here .

Education

1998-2002Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry – Magna Cum Laude
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
2002-2006Doctor of Medicine - AOA and Highest Distinction
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Postdoctoral Training

2006-2007Internship in General Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2007-2010Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2010-2011Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2011-2012Fellowship in Spine Surgery
New York University – Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY

Licensure

  •    New York
  •    New Jersey

Board Certification

  •    Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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