• 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

    Year Title Altmetric
    2023 Predictors and Outcomes of Subdural Hematomas Managed via Subdural Evacuation Port SystemWorld Neurosurgery: X.  17. 2023
    2022 HyperArc Planning for Benign Intracranial Pathologies: A Prospective Analysis on Plan Quality, Delivery, Control and Toxicity 2022
    2022 Imaging analysis of ischemic strokes due to blunt cerebrovascular injuryJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  92:990-996. 2022
    2022 Refractory trigeminal neuralgia due to compression from a fusiform superior cerebellar artery aneurysm: A single case reportInterdisciplinary Neurosurgery.  28. 2022
    2022 Predictive Factors for Arteriovenous Malformation Obliteration After Stereotactic Radiosurgery: A Single-Center StudyWorld Neurosurgery.  160:e529-e536. 2022
    2022 Hannover Classification of Vestibular Schwannomas: A Reliability StudyWorld Neurosurgery.  158:e179-e183. 2022
    2022 Seizure Rates After Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Cerebral AVMs: A Single Center StudyWorld Neurosurgery.  158:e583-e591. 2022
    2022 Stereotactic radiosurgery for ruptured versus unruptured intracranial arteriovenous malformationsSurgical Neurology International.  13. 2022
    2021 “Seizure Prophylaxis in Unruptured Aneurysm Repair: A randomized controlled trial” by Daou et al. journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases, Vol. 29, No. 10 (October), 2020: 105171Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.  30. 2021
    2021 The Validity of the Koos Classification System with Respect to Facial Nerve FunctionNeurosurgery.  88:E523-E528. 2021
    2021 Intracerebral Hemorrhage Volume Reduction and Timing of Intervention Versus Functional Benefit and Survival in the MISTIE III and STICH TrialsNeurosurgery.  88:961-970. 2021
    2021 Cerebellar talcosis following posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome in an intravenous methamphetamine abuserSurgical Neurology International.  12. 2021
    2020 Upward transtentorial herniationClinical Case Reports.  8:3573-3574. 2020
    2020 An Observational Study Investigating the Need for Decompressive Hemicraniectomy after Thrombectomy in Acute Ischemic Stroke of the Middle Cerebral Artery Territory.Cureus.  12:e9665. 2020
    2020 Loss of consciousness at onset of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage in good-grade patientsNeurosurgical Review.  43:1173-1178. 2020
    2020 Perioperative and critical care management of a patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome Corona virus 2 infection and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageNeurosurgery.  87:E243-E244. 2020
    2020 Development of the Subdural Hematoma in the Elderly (SHE) score to predict mortalityJournal of Neurosurgery.  132:1616-1622. 2020
    2020 Cerebellar Arteriovenous Malformation Rupture Despite Apparent Angiographic ObliterationWorld Neurosurgery.  134:25-32. 2020
    2019 Repeat gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia: A single-center experience and focused review of the literatureJournal of Clinical Neuroscience.  70:102-107. 2019
    2019 Angiosarcoma of the Temporal Bone: Case Report and Review of the LiteratureWorld Neurosurgery.  130:351-357. 2019
    2019 Koos Classification of Vestibular Schwannomas: A Reliability StudyNeurosurgery.  85:409-414. 2019
    2019 Haplotype analysis of SERPINE1 gene: Risk for aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and clinical outcomesMolecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine.  7. 2019
    2019 A Pilot Comparison of Multispectral Fluorescence to Indocyanine Green Videoangiography and Other Modalities for Intraoperative Assessment in Vascular NeurosurgeryOperative Neurosurgery.  17:103-109. 2019
    2019 Transitioning the Treatment Paradigm: How Early Palliative Care Service Involvement Affects the End-of-Life Course for Critically Ill Patients in the Neuro-Intensive Care UnitJournal of Palliative Medicine.  22:489-492. 2019
    2019 Chondroblastoma-like mass of the temporal bone, secondary aneurysmal bone cyst, and intracerebral hemorrhage in a patient with cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome: Case reportJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  24:153-158. 2019
    2018 Outcomes of Subdural Hematoma in the Elderly with a History of Minor or No Previous TraumaWorld Neurosurgery.  119:e374-e382. 2018
    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 SU-F-J-96: Comparison of Frame-Based and Mutual Information Registration Techniques for CT and MR Image Sets.Medical Physics.  43:3428-3429. 2016
    2016 Abstract 195: Nosocomial Infections are Associated with Delayed Cerebral Ischemia in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageStroke.  47. 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 Two Unusual Cases of the Posterior Cranial Fossa Blood SupplyCureus2014
    2014 Arterial supply of the lower cranial nerves: A comprehensive reviewClinical 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 Mannitol or salineJournal of Neurosurgery.  117:978-979. 2012
    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: Historical vignetteJournal of Neurosurgery.  116:460-464. 2012
    2012 Hypertonic saline for treating raised intracranial pressure: Literature review with meta-analysis: A reviewJournal of Neurosurgery.  116:210-221. 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 -Basel-.  7:360-365. 2010
    2009 Genome screen in familial intracranial aneurysmBMC Medical Genomics.  10. 2009
    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
    2008 Genome screen to detect linkage to intracranial aneurysm susceptibility genes: The familial intracranial aneurysm (FIA) studyStroke.  39:1434-1440. 2008
    2004 Pain management for the neurosurgeon: Part 1. ForewordSeminars in Neurosurgery.  15:1. 2004
    2004 Database systems for research in clinical practice management.Clinical neurosurgery.  51:163-169. 2004
    2003 Meningiomas: Contemporary treatmentSeminars in Neurosurgery.  14:159. 2003
    2003 Difficult problems in cervical spine surgery. ForewordSeminars in Neurosurgery.  14:1. 2003
    2003 Foreword: Treatment of closed-head injurySeminars in Neurosurgery.  14:67. 2003
    2003 Screening for venous thromboembolism in traumatic brain injury: Limitations of D-dimer assayArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  84:285-290. 2003
    2003 Decision analysis: Surgery versus embolization for small AVMsOperative Techniques in Neurosurgery.  6:56-63. 2003
    2003 Difficult Problems in Cervical Spine SurgerySeminars in Neurosurgery.  14:001-002. 2003
    2003 Treatment of Closed-Head InjurySeminars in Neurosurgery.  14:067-068. 2003
    2002 Carotid artery disease: Contemporary treatmentSeminars in Neurosurgery.  13:199. 2002
    2002 Radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia 2002
    2002 Pediatric neurosurgery for the general neurosurgeonSeminars in Neurosurgery.  13:1. 2002
    2002 Craniocervical JunctionSeminars in Neurosurgery.  13:097-098. 2002
    2002 Foreword: Craniocervical junctionSeminars in Neurosurgery.  13:97. 2002
    2002 High-risk carotid endarterectomy: Challenges for carotid stent protocolsJournal of Vascular Surgery.  35:16-22. 2002
    2002 High-risk carotid endarterectomy: Challenges for carotid stent protocolsJournal of Vascular Surgery.  35:16-22. 2002
    2002 Pediatric Neurosurgery for the General NeurosurgeonSeminars in Neurosurgery.  13:001-002. 2002
    2002 Practice makes perfectStroke.  33:1856. 2002
    2002 Practice makes perfect.Stroke.  33:1856. 2002
    2001 Cervical sympathetic schwannoma: Case reportNeurosurgery.  49:1452-1454. 2001
    2001 ForewordSeminars in Neurosurgery.  12:135. 2001
    2001 Seminars on Neurosurgery: ForewordSeminars in Neurosurgery.  12:1. 2001
    2001 Treatment of pituitary tumors: An updateSeminars in Neurosurgery.  12:257. 2001
    2000 Contemporary treatments of intracranial tumors guest editor: Anil Nanda, M.D., FACS. ForewordSeminars in Neurosurgery.  11. 2000
    2000 Seminars in Neurosurgery: ForewordSeminars in Neurosurgery.  11:137. 2000
    2000 Vascular Surgery Update: PrefaceSeminars in Neurosurgery.  11:1. 2000
    1999 ReplyJournal of Vascular Surgery.  29:758. 1999
    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 endarterectomyVascular.  7:33-38. 1999
    1999 Microemboli detected by transcranial doppler monitoring in patients during carotid angioplasty versus carotid endarterectomyVascular.  7:33-38. 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 A cost comparison of balloon angioplasty and stenting versus endarterectomy for the treatment of carotid artery stenosisRadiology.  208:276-277. 1998
    1998 Cervical Myelopathy Caused by Hypoplasia of the Atlas: Two Case Reports and Review of the LiteratureNeurosurgery.  43:638-638. 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' angiographyWorld Neurosurgery.  49:32-41. 1998
    1998 Carotid angioplastyWorld Neurosurgery.  50:295-299. 1998
    1998 Carotid artery balloon test occlusion: Combined clinical evaluation and xenon-enhanced computed tomographic cerebral blood flow evaluation without patient transfer or balloon reinflation: Technical note: CommentariesNeurosurgery.  43:637-638. 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 Screening for Ocular Hemorrhages in Patients with Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysms: A Prospective Study of 99 PatientsNeurosurgery.  41:529-534. 1997
    1997 Screening for ocular hemorrhages in patients with ruptured cerebral aneurysms: A prospective study of 99 patientsNeurosurgery.  41:529-534. 1997
    1997 A comparison of angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis 1997
    1997 Carotid endarterectomy performed after progressive carotid stenosis following angioplasty and stent placement. Case reportJournal of Neurosurgery.  87:940-943. 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
    1997 The relationship of subarachnoid hemorrhage and the need for postoperative shuntingJournal of Neurosurgery.  86:462-466. 1997
    1995 Cure, Morbidity, and Mortality Associated with Embolization of Brain Arteriovenous MalformationsNeurosurgery.  37:1031???1040. 1995
    1995 796-2 Application of Lessons Learned from Cardiac Interventional Techniques to Carotid Angioplasty (PTA)Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  25:380a-381a. 1995
    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 Frontiers in microsurgery: Central nervous system microsurgery. IntroductionMicrosurgery.  15:526. 1994
    1994 Intraoperative monitoring of brainstem auditory evoked potentials during resection of a cavernous hemangioma in the fourth ventricle: An indirect monitor of the fifth and seventh nervesJournal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology.  6:128-131. 1994
    1994 Microvascular decompression as a therapy for trigeminal neuralgiaMicrosurgery.  15:527-533. 1994
    1993 Stroke–Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and ManagementNeurosurgery.  33:943-943. 1993
    1993 Treatment of a Bacterial (Mycotic) Intracranial Aneurysm Using an Endovascular ApproachNeurosurgery.  32:852???854. 1993
    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 Closure of Posterior Fossa Dural Defects Using a Dural SubstituteNeurosurgery.  31:155-156. 1992
    1992 Cerebral IschemiaNeurosurgery.  30:810-810. 1992
    1992 Cerebral ischemiaNeurosurgery.  30:810. 1992
    1992 Closure of posterior fossa dural defects using a dural substitute: Technical noteNeurosurgery.  31:155-156. 1992
    1992 Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea 1992
    1991 LibraryNeurosurgery.  28:477-480. 1991
    1990 Application of decision analysis to unruptured arteriovenous malformations (I: Reply)Neurosurgery.  26:546. 1990
    1990 Balloon embolization of posterior circulation aneurysms (I)Journal of Neurosurgery.  72:984-985. 1990
    1990 Computer-aided intelligence: Application of an expert system to brachial plexus injuriesNeurosurgery.  27:837-843. 1990
    1990 Vein of galen aneurysm presenting with recurrent aseptic meningitis and subsequent spontaneous thrombosisWorld Neurosurgery.  33:325-328. 1990
    1989 Decision analysis: A tool of the future: An application to unruptured arteriovenous malformationsNeurosurgery.  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
    1987 Low-grade astrocytomas: Treatment results and prognostic variables 1987
    1985 Thoracic chordoma in a patient with paraparesis and ivory vertebral bodyNeurosurgery.  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. 1983
    1983 Cervical myelopathy from dural substituteNeurosurgery.  13:715-717. 1983
    1976 Vinblastine or Vincristine?New England Journal of Medicine.  295:677. 1976


    Year Title Altmetric
    2015 Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia Treatment.  71-80. 2015
    2015 Chapter 5 Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia Treatment.  71-80. 2015
    2010 Impact of dose rate on outcomes of Gamma Knife® radiosurgery in patients with face pain.  360-365. 2010

    Education And Training

  • National Naval Medical Center, Internship
  • National Naval Medical Center, Residency
  • University of Western Ontario, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, Saint Louis University 1978
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Chemistry, Duke University 1974
  • Awards And Honors

    Full Name

  • Winfield Fisher