• 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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    A comparison of angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis
    A comparison of carotid angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy with regional anesthesiaJournal of Vascular Surgery.  28:397-403.
    A cost comparison of balloon angioplasty and stenting versus endarterectomy for the treatment of carotid artery stenosisJournal of Vascular Surgery.  27:16-24.
    Angiography after aneurysm surgery: indications for "selective" angiography.Surgical Neurology.  49:32-40.
    Arterial supply of the lower cranial nerves: a comprehensive review.Clinical Anatomy.  27:108-117.
    Association of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 1 (SERPINE1) Polymorphisms and Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  105:672-677.
    Association of cystathionine beta-synthase polymorphisms and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  128:1771-1777.
    Association of renin-angiotensin system genetic polymorphisms and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  128:86-93.
    Associations between endothelin polymorphisms and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, clinical vasospasm, delayed cerebral ischemia, and functional outcomeJournal of Neurosurgery.  128:1311-1317.
    Associations of Endothelin Polymorphisms and Aneurysm Size at Time of RuptureWorld Neurosurgery.  102:253-257.
    Associations of renin-angiotensin system genetic polymorphisms and clinical course after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  126:1585-1597.
    Balloon embolization of posterior circulation aneurysms.Journal of Neurosurgery.  72:984-985.
    Carotid angioplasty.Surgical Neurology.  50:295-298.
    Carotid endarterectomy performed after progressive carotid stenosis following angioplasty and stent placement. Case report.Journal of Neurosurgery.  87:940-943.
    Cerebral ischemia
    Cervical myelopathy from dural substitute.
    Closure of posterior fossa dural defects using a dural substitute: Technical note
    Computer-aided intelligence: application of an expert system to brachial plexus injuries.
    Cryptococcus gattii in an Immunocompetent Patient in the Southeastern United States.Case Reports in Infectious Diseases.  2016:8280915.
    Cure, morbidity, and mortality associated with embolization of brain arteriovenous malformations: A review of 1246 patients in 32 series over a 35-year period
    Current practices in vestibular schwannoma management: A survey of American and Canadian neurosurgeonsClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.  127:143-148.
    Database systems for research in clinical practice management.Clinical Neurosurgery.  51:163-169.
    Encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis and encephalomyoarteriosynangiosis for treatment of moyamoya syndrome in pediatric patients with sickle cell diseaseJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  16:64-73.
    End-to-end test of spatial accuracy in Gamma Knife treatments for trigeminal neuralgiaMedical Physics.  41.
    Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Polymorphism Is Associated with Delayed Cerebral Ischemia Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  101:514-519.
    Endothelin polymorphisms as a risk factor for cerebral aneurysm rebleeding following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.  157:65-69.
    External validation of the Practical Risk Chart for the prediction of delayed cerebral ischemia following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageJournal of Neurosurgery.  126:1530-1536.
    Hemorrhage and shunting [2] (multiple letters)Journal of Neurosurgery.  87:800-801.
    High-risk carotid endarterectomy: Challenges for carotid stent protocolsJournal of Vascular Surgery.  35:16-22.
    Hitting a moving target: Evolution of a treatment paradigm for atypical meningiomas amid changing diagnostic criteriaNeurosurgical Focus.  24.
    Hyperacute intraventricular hemorrhage revealed by gadolinium-enhanced MR imagingAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  170:787-789.
    Impact of Dose Rate on Outcomes of Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery in Patients with Face Pain
    Impact of High-Mobility Group Box 1 Polymorphism on Delayed Cerebral Ischemia After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  101:325-330.
    IntroductionMicrosurgery.  15:526-526.
    Kenneth Grant Jamieson (1925-1976): his life and contributions to neurosurgery.Journal of Neurosurgery.  116:460-464.
    Long-term control of large pontine arteriovenous malformation using gamma knife therapy: A review with illustrative caseBrain and Behavior.  3:329-334.
    Low-grade astrocytomas: Treatment results and prognostic variables
    Microemboli detected by transcranial Doppler monitoring in patients during carotid angioplasty versus carotid endarterectomy
    Microemboli detected by transcranial doppler monitoring in patients during carotid angioplasty versus carotid endarterectomy
    Microvascular decompression as a therapy for trigeminal neuralgiaMicrosurgery.  15:527-533.
    Observer reliability of arteriovenous malformations grading scales using current imaging modalities: Clinical articleJournal of Neurosurgery.  120:1179-1187.
    PHASES score applied to a prospective cohort of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage patientsJournal of Clinical Neuroscience.  53:69-73.
    Practice makes perfect.Stroke.  33:1856.
    Predictors of Shunt Insertion in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid HemorrhageWorld Neurosurgery.  98:421-426.
    Regarding "A comparison of carotid angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy with regional anesthesia"Journal of Vascular Surgery.  29:387.
    Regarding 'A comparison of carotid angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy with regional anesthesia' [3] (multiple letters)Journal of Vascular Surgery.  29:386-387.
    Regarding 'A comparison of carotid angioplasty with stenting versus endarterectomy with regional anesthesia' [3] (multiple letters)Journal of Vascular Surgery.  29:757-758.
    Reliability of postoperative photographs in assessment of facial nerve function after vestibular schwannoma resectionJournal of Neurosurgery.  117:860-863.
    Ryanodine Receptor 1 Polymorphism Is Not Associated with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage or its Clinical SequelaeWorld Neurosurgery.  100:190-194.
    Screening for venous thromboembolism in traumatic brain injury: Limitations of D-dimer assayArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  84:285-290.
    Seizure outcomes after stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformationsJournal of Neurosurgery.  126:845-851.
    Selection of patients for surgery.Neurosurgery Clinics of North America.  4:35-44.
    Short-term antifibrinolytic therapy before early aneurysm treatment in subarachnoid hemorrhage: Effects on rehemorrhage, cerebral ischemia, and hydrocephalus
    Stroke–pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management
    Tethered cord syndrome in the adult postoperative myelomeningocele patient: A case reportSpine.  14:895-897.
    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.
    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.
    The relationship of subarachnoid hemorrhage and the need for postoperative shunting.Journal of Neurosurgery.  86:462-466.
    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.
    Therapy of AVMs: a decision analysis.Clinical Neurosurgery.  42:294-312.
    Treatment of Recurrent Carotid Stenosis: Angioplasty with Stenting versus Reoperative Carotid SurgeryVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  32:523-530.
    Treatment of a bacterial (mycotic) intracranial aneurysm using an endovascular approach
    Trilateral retinoblastoma: Ocular and pineal retinoblastomasJournal of Neurosurgery.  63:367-370.
    Vein of Galen aneurysm presenting with recurrent aseptic meningitis and subsequent spontaneous thrombosis.Surgical Neurology.  33:325-328.
    Vein of Galen aneurysmal malformations: Critical analysis of the literature with proposal of a new classification systemJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  12:293-306.
    Vinblastine or Vincristine?New England Journal of Medicine.  295:677.
    Visual loss and a suprasellar mass complicated by pregnancySurvey of Ophthalmology.  38:63-69.


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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