Stanley I. Fisch, MD
Dr. Fisch graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York and completed his residency in pediatrics and social medicine at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, New York. With his wife he went to South Texas as a National Health Service Corps physician. They expected to stay for 2 years. Instead, from 1973 until 1982, he served on the staff of Su Clinica Familiar, a migrant and community health center serving residents of Cameron and Willacy counties in South Texas. He then founded Harlingen Pediatrics Associates, which today comprises eight pediatricians, a nurse practitioner, a social worker, and a counselor.
In the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Fisch served on the Committee on Community Health Services. He played a lead role in drafting the statement, “The Pediatrician’s Role in Community Pediatrics,” published in 1999 and serving as the Academy’s definition of community pediatrics. He chaired a Special Interest Group focusing on resident education in community pediatrics and compiled a handbook for community pediatricians serving as faculty – Pediatric Education in Community and Office Settings: Starter Kit for Community Preceptors.
In 2006, Dr. Fisch was honored by the Council on Community Pediatrics of the AAP with the Job Lewis Smith Award.
Dr. Fisch has been active in the Texas Medical Association, where he served as a member, then chair, of the Council on Medical Education. He provided further service as member, then chair, of the Physician Distribution and Health Care Access Committee. He currently serves as a member of the Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured
In 1995, Dr. Fisch founded and serves as presiding officer of the Cameron/Willacy County Child Fatality Review Team. He worked with a multidisciplinary group to create the Child to Adult Abuse Response Team (CAART) at Valley Baptist Medical Center. The Team became operational in April, 2006. Dr. Fisch serves as the Team’s medical director. Dr. Fisch chairs the planning group for the annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Forensic Conference, which will be present its 16th conference in November 2019.
Dr. Fisch participated in planning what became an important affiliation between the Valley community and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Its regional campus – the Regional Academic Health Center – opened its doors in 2002. Dr. Fisch served as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics.
In 2018 Dr. Fisch “retired” from Harlingen Pediatrics Associates and became Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the UTRGV School of Medicine.