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Carla S. Fisher, MD

Carla S. Fisher, MD Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Fisher is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Evaluation
  • Breast Conserving Surgery (Lumpectomy)
  • Breast Exam
  • Breast Lymph Node Mapping
  • Breast Surgery
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
  • Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)
  • Invasive (Infiltrating) Lobular Carcinoma (ILC)
  • Inverted Nipple Surgery
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health (LGBT)
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
  • Non-Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Description of Clinical Expertise

breast cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Rena Rowan Breast Center

    Abramson Cancer Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, West Pavilion, 3rd Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina Hospital
Fellowship: Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Washington University, St. Louis


American College of Surgeons, National American Society of Breast Surgeons, National Association of Academic Surgeons, National Association of Surgical Education, National Association of Women Surgeons, National Society of Surgical Oncologists, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Fisher is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Schwartz Theresa, Fisher Carla: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy after Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Patients with Axillary Metastases: Can We Avoid the Unavoidable? Annals of surgical oncology 23 (11): 3429-31,2016.

De La Cruz Lucy, Blankenship Stephanie A, Chatterjee Abhishek, Geha Rula, Nocera Nadia, Czerniecki Brian J, Tchou Julia, Fisher Carla S: Outcomes After Oncoplastic Breast-Conserving Surgery in Breast Cancer Patients: A Systematic Literature Review. Annals of surgical oncology 23 (10): 3247-58,2016.

Fracol Megan, Datta Jashodeep, Lowenfeld Lea, Xu Shuwen, Zhang Paul J, Fisher Carla S, Czerniecki Brian J: Loss of Anti-HER-3 CD4+ T-Helper Type 1 Immunity Occurs in Breast Tumorigenesis and is Negatively Associated with Outcomes. Annals of surgical oncology : 2016.

Keating Jane, Tchou Julia, Okusanya Olugbenga, Fisher Carla, Batiste Rebecca, Jiang Jack, Kennedy Gregory, Nie Shuming, Singhal Sunil: Identification of breast cancer margins using intraoperative near-infrared imaging. Journal of surgical oncology 113 (5): 508-14,2016.

De La Cruz L, Chatterjee A, Czerniecki B, Fisher CS: Outcomes after Oncoplastic Breast-Conserving Surgery in Breast Cancer Patients: A Systematic Literature Review Presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Meeting : 2016.

Pyfer Bryan, Chatterjee Abhishek, Chen Lilian, Nigriny John, Czerniecki Brian, Tchou Julia, Fisher Carla: Early Postoperative Outcomes in Breast Conservation Surgery Versus Simple Mastectomy with Implant Reconstruction: A NSQIP Analysis of 11,645 Patients. Annals of surgical oncology 23 (1): 92-8,2016.

Neylan CJ, Dumon KR, Kelz RR, Allen SR, Williams NN, Dempsey DT, Fisher CS: Resource Utilization in Implementing the Resident Prep Curriculum American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting : 2016.

Chatterjee A, Offodile II A, Losken A, Graham R, Chen L, Fisher C, Czerniecki B: A cost-utility analysis comparing oncoplastic breast surgery to standard lumpectomy in large breasted women Plastic Surgery Research Council : 2016.

Chatterjee Abhishek, Pyfer Bryan, Chen Lilian, Czerniecki Brian, Tchou Julia, Fisher Carla: Resident and Fellow Participation in Breast Surgery: An American College of Surgeons NSQIP Clinical Outcomes Analysis. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 221 (5): 988-94,2015.

Chatterjee A, Pyfer B, Chen L, Czerniecki B, Tchou J, Fisher C: Resident and Fellow participation in Breast Surgery: An ACS-NSQIP Clinical Outcomes Analysis JACS 221 : 988-94,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
3d Floor West, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-6833
Fax: (215) 615-0555
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)