Dr. Thomas Fischer is the Department Chairman of Hand Surgery at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services. He is recognized as a top specialist in hand surgery in Indianapolis.
Dr. Thomas Fischer is a native Hoosier (graduated from Butler University), earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his Orthopaedic training at the University of Washington in Seattle. After his hand fellowship at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, he requested an additional six months of microvascular surgery training at Duke University, and six months of hand education at multiple centers in Switzerland and Germany before joining us in practice. Dr. Fischer is an avid educator, with a primary focus on skeletal fixation. Residents from the Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery rotate with Dr. Fischer for their hand surgery exposure for the last 25 years. In addition, he is an active and highly visible part of our fellowship training program. He has been Chairman of various hand and wrist AO advanced courses both in North American and Europe. In addition to publications in scientific journals and presentations before physicians, Dr. Fischer has been recognized for his written and spoken contributions to industry, insurance companies, and community and safety organizations alike. Currently, Dr. Fischer is the Department Chairman of Hand Surgery at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees since 2004 at Butler University. He chairs the Academic Standard Committee for the University. Dr. Fischer serves on numerous committees such as: North American Hand Education Committee starting in February of 2008; American Orthopaedic faculty member starting in April of 1990; and Hand Expert Group starting in January of 2005. He is a member of AOA, TCOA, and The Hand Forum. He has served as the Butler Team Physician for upper extremity conditions since 1987. Dr. Fischer and his wife, Maribeth have four children who are their pride and joy. He loves spending time with them watching Butler sports, camping, hiking, fishing, and his most favorite, bike riding. Along with those activities, Dr. Fischer is an avid photographer and part-time astronomer. He sees patients in Indianapolis and keeps a satellite office in his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana. AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS Outstanding Off-Campus Teaching Award, presented by Indiana University Orthopedic Residency Program, June, 2004, 2010, 2013. Voted as one of America’s “Top Doctors” by his peers in 2003 and 2005. Research conducted by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. “Top Doctors in Indianapolis”, Indianapolis Monthly, September, 1995. Recognized as top specialist in hand surgery in Indianapolis. Chief Resident at University of Washington Hospital, 1983. Upjohn Clinical Practice & Humanitarian Award, Harborview Medical Center, 1984. Resident Selection Committee, University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics. 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year, Indiana University Orthopaedic Residents