Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center - Houston, TX

Craig P. Fischer, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Craig P. Fischer, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Craig P. Fischer, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.


Selected Professional Activity

  • Assistant Member
  • Houston Methodist Research Institute
  • Program Lead, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
  • Department of Surgery
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Hepatobiliary and General Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Weill Cornel edical College of Cornell University

Research Interest

Description of Research

Dr. Fischer´s research interests focus on clinical studies to evaluate novel treatments for perioperative soft tissue bleeding.

Major Areas of Research

Soft tissue bleeding, thrombin, fibrin, pancreaticoduodenectomy

Recent Publications

  • Fischer CP, TA Aloia, BN Fahy, BL Bass. Cancer related outcomes in patients undergoing laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy - same, better or worse? J Gast Surgery. 2010 (submitted).
  • Aloia TA, Fahy BN, L Moore, Bass BL and Fischer CP. Discipline specific outcomes measures in HPB surgery- how can NSQIP help.  HPB. 2010 (in press)
  • Fahy BN, Aloia TA, Jones SL, Bass BL and Fischer CP. Chemotherapy Within 30 Days Prior to Liver Resection Does Not Increase Postoperative Morbidity or Mortality. HPB. 2009 Dec;11(8):645-55.
  • Aloia TA, Fahy BN, Fischer CP, Jones SL, Duchini A, Galati J, Gaber AO, Bass BL, Ghobrial RM. Predicting Poor Outcome Following Hepatectomy: Analysis of 2,313 Hepatectomies in the NSQIP Database. HPB. 2009;11(6):510-15.
  • Fischer CP, Fahy BN, Aloia TA, Bass BL, Gaber AO, Ghobrial RM. Timing of Referral Impacts Surgical Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Repair of Bile Duct Injuries. HPB (Oxford). 2009;11(1):32-7.
  • Fischer CP, Bass B, Fahy B, Aloia T. Transampullary pancreatic duct stenting decreases pancreatic fistula rate following left pancreatectomy. Hepatogastroenterology. 2008 Jan-Feb;55 (81):224-8.
  • Doria C, Fischer CP, Wood CG, Li PM, Marra S, Hart J. Phase 3, randomized, double-blind study of plasma-derived human thrombin versus bovine thrombin in achieving hemostasis in patients undergoing surgery. Curr Med Res Opin. 2008 Mar;24(3):785-94.
  • Elfar M, Gaber LW, Sabek O, Fischer CP, Gaber AO. The inflammatory cascade in acute pancreatitis: relevance to clinical disease. Surg Clin North Am. 2007;87(6):1325-1340.
  • Williams BP, Fischer CP, Adler DG. Aberrant right hepatic sectoral duct injury following laparoscopic cholecystectomy: evaluation and treatment of a diagnostic dilemma. Dig Dis Sci. 2006;51(10):1773-1776.
  • Uzquiano MC, Kuruvilla S, Fischer CP, Liu J, Krishnamurthy S, Adler DG. An unusual solid pseudopapillary tumor of the pancreas. Pancreas. 2006;33(1):103-104.
  • Fischer CP, Hong JC. Early perioperative outcomes and pancreaticoduodenectomy in a general surgery training program. J Gastrointest Surg. 2006;10(4):478-482.
  • Fischer CP, Hong JC. Method of pyloric reconstruction and impact upon delayed gastric emptying and hospital stay after pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2006;10(2):215-219.


  • B.S. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • M.P.H. University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, TX
  • M.D. University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • Junior Surgery Residency, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • General Surgery Residency, The Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA
  • Senior Surgery Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Registrar in Surgery, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Soft tissue bleeding, thrombin, fibrin, pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • Research Interest

Dr. Fischer's Biography

Dr. Fischer was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston following his residency and fellowship training. Dr. Fischer joined Houston Methodist Hospital Department of Surgery in 2005 and currently serves as Head, Section of Digestive and Pancreatic Surgical Oncology. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College in 2009. Dr. Fischer is an Assistant Member of TMHRI and conducts clinical research studies.