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Ronald P. Fischer, M.D., PH.D., 1936-2013

Ronald P. Fischer, M.D., Ph.D. died on Friday, January 25, 2013 after a long illness. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 29, 1936 and grew up in Cincinnati, OH. He attended Mariemont High School where he competed in the hurdles, making it all the way to the State Championships. For his efforts, he received an athletic scholarship in track and field at Ohio State. He graduated in 1957 with a BS in Biology and went onto the University of Cincinnati to attend medical school. During that time, he met and married Nancy, his wife of 51 years.

Ronald Fischer received his Ph.D. in 1967. In 1968, he was sent to Vietnam where he became Chief of Surgery at the Saigon 3rd Army Field Hospital, receiving a Bronze Star for his service. While in Vietnam, Ron performed the first U.S. Army organ transplant (kidney) which was the first to be performed in wartime and the first in Asia.

Ron went on to have a distinguished career as a general surgeon in academic medicine, starting as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque, NM. He then became Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in St. Paul, MN followed by Chairman of the Surgery Department at the University of Arizona Medical School in Tucson, AZ. He was also was at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston as Director of Trauma Surgery. Ron, along with Dr. Red Duke established Hermann Hospital's Life Flight Program. Ron was very involved in medical research publishing over 120 research papers over his career. He also served on numerous surgical committees and holding editorial positions for various medical journals.

Ron Fischer was a man of honor who put the needs of others before his own. He will be remembered not only for his work and countless lives he saved, but more so for his compassion, love and epic humor.