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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, specializes in the operative treatment of spinal disorders in adolescents and adults, with a particular focus on the cervical spine. Dr. Fischer uses advanced clinical expertise in state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of degenerative disc diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine, herniated discs, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, trauma, and tumors - delivering accelerated patient recovery times with the least possible postoperative pain.
 
A dedicated orthopedic surgeon, she provides individualized patient care to achieve impressive treatment outcomes and now offers evening and Saturday hours.
 
Dr. Fischer serves on the ColumbiaDoctors Orthopedics' Executive Committee, the AAOS Diversity Advisory Board, and the Columbia University College of P&S Virginia Kneeland Franz Society for Women Faculty.  She regularly receives interview requests from media outlets seeking her expert opinion on spinal disorders in adolescents and adults.
 
Dr. Fischer is a prolific researcher and teh recipient of funding from several prestigious organizations, including the National Institutes of Health.  Her scholarly work on the osteoporotic sine earned a grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Educaton Foundation (OREF)
 
Dr. Fischer other research interests include the biology of spinal fusion, quality of life improvements after lumbar spondylolisthesis surgery, MIS techniques, the effects of cervical disorders on shoulder function, outcomes after anterior lumbar surgery, and quality of life improvements after adult deformity surgery.  She routinely publishes in the top peer-reviewed journalists and presents her findings at internationally attended academic meetings
 
As a professor of orthopedic surgery at Coulmbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Fischer is shaping next generation of orthopedic surgeons' professional development ny and actovely mentoring medical students and residents.  She is also committed to international medical care and has visited the Dominican Republic to advance orthopedic care abroad.
 
Dr. Fischer 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 memeber 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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