Specialist in treating elbow, wrist, and hand injuries and conditions
Nurse: Cheryl A., RN
Medical Assistant: Michelle H.
Executive Assistant: Shari C.
Indianapolis - Northside
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Thomas J. Fischer, M.D., 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 did 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 rotated with Dr. Fischer for their hand surgery exposure for 25 years. Now he has a full time fellow and Drs. Crosby, Smetana and Hoyer share the resident teaching experience. 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 has chaired 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.
Retirement letter to my patients
Terre Haute, IN
3 words to describe yourself
Able, affable, available
Favorite place in the world
My fishing camp up north
It would involve fishing, the great outdoors, and astronomy
Something interesting/unique about you
I was Dr Kleinman’s first medical student in the Fall of 1978. My youngest son was the last medical student on his rotation 40 years later. Those two generations demonstrate the scope of commitment my partner has to teaching
What are your hobbies?
Fishing, photography, astronomy and bike riding. Getting outside, enjoying nature.
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Dr. Fischer is an elite doctor. I feel privileged to have him operate on my wrist and bring me back to a 100% recovery. Although my injury required a long recovery, it was very gratifying to do everything I had once done again which includes holding my newborn daughter. I would recommend Dr. Fischer time after time.
Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center
University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals
Indiana University School of Medicine