• Dr. Fisher has spent the majority of his career at UAB developing a nationally recognized neurovascular service. This has included not only a state-of-the art neurosurgical unit, but active participation in intensive care and gamma knife therapy. He is the presently head of one of the largest Neurointensive care units in the country. He, with otolaryngologist Dr. Benjamin McGrew, has developed a vigorous skull base service with outstanding surgical results dealing with acoustic neuromas and skull base meningiomas. Dr. Fisher became a full professor in 1997 and became the first holder of the Griff Harsh Endowed Chair of Neurosurgery in 2009.
    Dr. Fisher is a retired captain in the United States Naval Medical Corps. Dr. Fisher was affiliated with the Uniformed Services Medical School at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He achieved an academic level of associate professor from the department of surgery at the medical school. At the time, Bethesda was one of two ABNS sanctioned military neurosurgical training programs. Dr. Fisher was the most senior neurosurgeon during the Iraqi Freedom portion of the war with Iraq. After completion of his active-duty military time at Bethesda, Dr. Fisher began his tenure at UAB.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2018 PHASES score applied to a prospective cohort of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage patientsJournal of Clinical Neuroscience.  53:69-73. 2018
    2018 Association of cystathionine beta-synthase polymorphisms and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  128:1771-1777. 2018
    2018 Associations between endothelin polymorphisms and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, clinical vasospasm, delayed cerebral ischemia, and functional outcomeJournal of Neurosurgery.  128:1311-1317. 2018
    2018 Postoperative radiosurgery for the treatment of metastatic brain tumor: Evaluation of local failure and leptomeningeal diseaseJournal of Clinical Neuroscience.  49:48-55. 2018
    2018 Association of renin-angiotensin system genetic polymorphisms and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  128:86-93. 2018
    2017 The role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase −786 T/C polymorphism in cardiac instability following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageNitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry.  71:52-56. 2017
    2017 Association of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 1 (SERPINE1) Polymorphisms and Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  105:672-677. 2017
    2017 Corrigendum to ‘Predictors of Shunt Insertion in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage’ [World Neurosurgery 98 (2017) 421-426] (S1878875016312402) (10.1016/j.wneu.2016.11.092))World Neurosurgery.  104:1043. 2017
    2017 Associations of Endothelin Polymorphisms and Aneurysm Size at Time of RuptureWorld Neurosurgery.  102:253-257. 2017
    2017 Endothelin polymorphisms as a risk factor for cerebral aneurysm rebleeding following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.  157:65-69. 2017
    2017 Associations of renin-angiotensin system genetic polymorphisms and clinical course after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  126:1585-1597. 2017
    2017 Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Polymorphism Is Associated with Delayed Cerebral Ischemia Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  101:514-519. 2017
    2017 External validation of the Practical Risk Chart for the prediction of delayed cerebral ischemia following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  126:1530-1536. 2017
    2017 Impact of High-Mobility Group Box 1 Polymorphism on Delayed Cerebral Ischemia After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  101:325-330. 2017
    2017 Ryanodine Receptor 1 Polymorphism Is Not Associated with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage or its Clinical SequelaeWorld Neurosurgery.  100:190-194. 2017
    2017 Seizure outcomes after stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformationsJournal of Neurosurgery.  126:845-851. 2017
    2017 Predictors of Shunt Insertion in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  98:421-426. 2017
    2016 Association of nosocomial infections with delayed cerebral ischemia in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  125:1383-1389. 2016
    2016 Cryptococcus gattii in an Immunocompetent Patient in the Southeastern United States.Case Reports in Infectious Diseases.  2016:8280915. 2016
    2015 Antifibrinolytic therapy in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage increases the risk for deep venous thrombosis: A case-control studyClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.  139:66-69. 2015
    2015 Encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis and encephalomyoarteriosynangiosis for treatment of moyamoya syndrome in pediatric patients with sickle cell diseaseJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  16:64-73. 2015
    2014 End-to-end test of spatial accuracy in Gamma Knife treatments for trigeminal neuralgiaMedical Physics.  41. 2014
    2014 The impact of temporary artery occlusion during intracranial aneurysm surgery on long-term clinical outcome: Part II. the patient who undergoes elective clippingWorld Neurosurgery.  82:402-408. 2014
    2014 Arterial supply of the lower cranial nerves: a comprehensive review.Clinical Anatomy.  27:108-117. 2014
    2014 CommentsNeurosurgery.  10:153-154. 2014
    2014 Current practices in vestibular schwannoma management: A survey of American and Canadian neurosurgeonsClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.  127:143-148. 2014
    2014 Observer reliability of arteriovenous malformations grading scales using current imaging modalities: Clinical articleJournal of Neurosurgery.  120:1179-1187. 2014
    2014 The Impact of Temporary Artery Occlusion during Intracranial Aneurysm Surgery on Long-Term Clinical Outcome: Part I. Patients with Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  82:140-148. 2014
    2013 Vein of Galen aneurysmal malformations: Critical analysis of the literature with proposal of a new classification systemJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  12:293-306. 2013
    2013 Long-term control of large pontine arteriovenous malformation using gamma knife therapy: A review with illustrative caseBrain and Behavior.  3:329-334. 2013
    2012 Reliability of postoperative photographs in assessment of facial nerve function after vestibular schwannoma resectionJournal of Neurosurgery.  117:860-863. 2012
    2012 Kenneth Grant Jamieson (1925-1976): his life and contributions to neurosurgery.Journal of Neurosurgery.  116:460-464. 2012
    2011 In replyNeurosurgery.  69. 2011
    2010 Short-term antifibrinolytic therapy before early aneurysm treatment in subarachnoid hemorrhage: Effects on rehemorrhage, cerebral ischemia, and hydrocephalusNeurosurgery.  67:935-939. 2010
    2010 Impact of Dose Rate on Outcomes of Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery in Patients with Face PainRadiosurgery.  7:360-365. 2010
    2009 Laparoscopic versus open approach for implantation of the peritoneal catheter during ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement 2009
    2008 Hitting a moving target: Evolution of a treatment paradigm for atypical meningiomas amid changing diagnostic criteriaNeurosurgical Focus.  24. 2008
    2004 Database systems for research in clinical practice management.Clinical Neurosurgery.  51:163-169. 2004
    2003 Screening for venous thromboembolism in traumatic brain injury: Limitations of D-dimer assayArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  84:285-290. 2003
    2002 Practice makes perfect.Stroke.  33:1856. 2002
    2002 High-risk carotid endarterectomy: Challenges for carotid stent protocolsJournal of Vascular Surgery.  35:16-22. 2002
    1999 Regarding "A comparison of carotid angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy with regional anesthesia"Journal of Vascular Surgery.  29:387. 1999
    1999 Microemboli detected by transcranial Doppler monitoring in patients during carotid angioplasty versus carotid endarterectomy 1999
    1999 Microemboli detected by transcranial doppler monitoring in patients during carotid angioplasty versus carotid endarterectomy 1999
    1999 Regarding 'A comparison of carotid angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy with regional anesthesia' [3] (multiple letters)Journal of Vascular Surgery.  29:386-387. 1999
    1999 Regarding 'A comparison of carotid angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy with regional anesthesia' [3] (multiple letters)Journal of Vascular Surgery.  29:757-758. 1999
    1998 Carotid angioplasty.Surgical Neurology.  50:295-298. 1998
    1998 A comparison of carotid angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy with regional anesthesiaJournal of Vascular Surgery.  28:397-403. 1998
    1998 A cost comparison of balloon angioplasty and stenting versus endarterectomy for the treatment of carotid artery stenosisJournal of Vascular Surgery.  27:16-24. 1998
    1998 Angiography after aneurysm surgery: indications for "selective" angiography.Surgical Neurology.  49:32-40. 1998
    1998 Hyperacute intraventricular hemorrhage revealed by gadolinium-enhanced MR imagingAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  170:787-789. 1998
    1998 Treatment of Recurrent Carotid Stenosis: Angioplasty with Stenting versus Reoperative Carotid SurgeryVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  32:523-530. 1998
    1997 Carotid endarterectomy performed after progressive carotid stenosis following angioplasty and stent placement. Case report.Journal of Neurosurgery.  87:940-943. 1997
    1997 Screening for ocular hemorrhages in patients with ruptured cerebral aneurysms: A prospective study of 99 patientsNeurosurgery.  41:529-534. 1997
    1997 The relationship of subarachnoid hemorrhage and the need for postoperative shunting.Journal of Neurosurgery.  86:462-466. 1997
    1997 A comparison of angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis 1997
    1997 Elective stenting of the extracranial carotid arteriesCirculation.  95:376-381. 1997
    1997 Hemorrhage and shunting [2] (multiple letters)Journal of Neurosurgery.  87:800-801. 1997
    1995 Cure, morbidity, and mortality associated with embolization of brain arteriovenous malformations: A review of 1246 patients in 32 series over a 35-year periodNeurosurgery.  37:1031-1040. 1995
    1995 Therapy of AVMs: a decision analysis.Clinical Neurosurgery.  42:294-312. 1995
    1994 IntroductionMicrosurgery.  15:526-526. 1994
    1994 Microvascular decompression as a therapy for trigeminal neuralgiaMicrosurgery.  15:527-533. 1994
    1993 Selection of patients for surgery.Neurosurgery Clinics of North America.  4:35-44. 1993
    1993 Stroke–pathophysiology, diagnosis, and managementNeurosurgery.  33:943. 1993
    1993 Treatment of a bacterial (mycotic) intracranial aneurysm using an endovascular approachNeurosurgery.  32:852-854. 1993
    1993 Visual loss and a suprasellar mass complicated by pregnancySurvey of Ophthalmology.  38:63-69. 1993
    1992 Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea. 1992
    1992 Cerebral ischemiaNeurosurgery.  30:810. 1992
    1992 Closure of posterior fossa dural defects using a dural substitute: Technical noteNeurosurgery.  31:155-156. 1992
    1990 Computer-aided intelligence: application of an expert system to brachial plexus injuries.Neurosurgery.  27:837-843. 1990
    1990 Balloon embolization of posterior circulation aneurysms.Journal of Neurosurgery.  72:984-985. 1990
    1990 Vein of Galen aneurysm presenting with recurrent aseptic meningitis and subsequent spontaneous thrombosis.Surgical Neurology.  33:325-328. 1990
    1989 Decision analysis: a tool of the future: an application to unruptured arteriovenous malformations.Neurosurgery.  24:129-135. 1989
    1989 Tethered cord syndrome in the adult postoperative myelomeningocele patient: A case reportSpine.  14:895-897. 1989
    1988 Low-grade astrocytomas: Treatment results and prognostic variables 1988
    1985 Thoracic chordoma in a patient with paraparesis and ivory vertebral body.Neurosurgery.  16:100-102. 1985
    1985 Trilateral retinoblastoma: Ocular and pineal retinoblastomasJournal of Neurosurgery.  63:367-370. 1985
    1983 Cervical myelopathy from dural substitute.Neurosurgery.  13:715-717. 1983
    1976 Vinblastine or Vincristine?New England Journal of Medicine.  295:677. 1976


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    2015 Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia Treatment.  71-80. 2015

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Saint Louis University 1978
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Chemistry, Duke University 1974
  • National Naval Medical Center, Internship 1979
  • National Naval Medical Center, Residency 1984
  • University of Western Ontario, Postdoctoral Fellowship 1985
  • Full Name

  • Winfield Fisher