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John P. Fischer, MD, MPH

John P. Fischer, MD, MPH Physician

Director of Clinical Research Program, Division of Plastic Surgery Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia Adjunct Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Fischer is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. John P. Fischer

Dr. Fischer specializes in surgeries of the breast and body, including abdominal hernia and wall reconstruction, diastasis repair, body contouring, and reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery (including augmentation, lift, reduction, and reconstruction). His patient-centered approach and focus on patient reported outcomes, helps ensure an individualized approach and optimal result for each patient.

Other Appointments:

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Fellow), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA - June, 2014 - present

Board of Directors, Americas Hernia Society - August, 2014 - present


Dean's Scholarship for Tuition Support, Bloomberg School of Public Health - 2014

Outstanding Paper, AAHS/ASPN/ASRM Joint Meeting, Kauai, HI - 2014

1st Annual Elisabeth K. Beahm Award for Best Breast Paper, ASRM Annual Meeting, Kauai, HI - 2014

2nd Place, Resident Paper Competition, Philadelphia Academy of Surgery Annual Meeting - 2014

1st Place, Best Clinical Research Paper, 61st Annual Robert H. Ivy, Annual Meeting - 2014

2nd Place, Resident Paper Competition, Philadelphia Academy of Surgery Annual Meeting - 2015

1st Place University of Pennsylvania Plastic Surgery Resident Research Competition - 2015

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Wound Care

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominal Scars
  • Abdominal Wall Surgery
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Acquired Absence of Breast
  • Acquired Deformity of Reconstructed Breast
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
  • Autologous Tissue Reconstruction
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Neoplasm of Skin
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Body Contouring Surgery
  • Body Lift
  • BOTOX Therapy
  • Breast Asymmetry Correction
  • Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)
  • Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Revision
  • Butt Lift
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Canthoplasty
  • Capsular Contracture
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Circumferential Liposuction of the Calves and Ankles
  • Components Separation
  • Compromised Skin Grafts
  • Compromised Tissue Flaps
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Crows Feet
  • Deformity of Reconstructed Breast
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diabetic Foot Infection
  • Diastasis
  • Disproportion of Reconstructed Breast
  • Dysplastic Nevus
  • Ear Melanoma
  • Ear Plastic Surgery
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Excision of Lesion
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Repair
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)
  • Facial Lesion
  • Fat Grafting
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Flaps Repair of Wounds
  • Flaps Surgery
  • Ganglion Cyst Removal
  • Genioplasty
  • Graft Repair of Wounds
  • Gynecomastia Surgery
  • Hernia
  • Hernia Repair
  • History of Breast Cancer
  • Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction
  • Laceration
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Limb Salvage Surgery
  • Lip Surgery
  • Lipectomy
  • Lipedema
  • Lipoma
  • Liposuction (Lipoplasty)
  • Liposuction of Cheek
  • Liposuction of Hip
  • Liposuction of Knee
  • Liposuction of Love Handles
  • Liposuction of the Abdomen
  • Liposuction of the Buttocks
  • Liposuction of the Chin
  • Liposuction of the Face
  • Liposuction of the Lower Extremity
  • Liposuction of the Upper Extremity
  • Liposuction of Thigh
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Lymphedema
  • Male Breast Reduction
  • Mammoplasty
  • Mastoplasty
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Mid-Face Lift
  • Mole Excision
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Neck Lift
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Nipple and Areola Reconstruction
  • Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Oncologic Reconstruction
  • Pectoral Augmentation
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Prominent Ears
  • Ptosis of Breasts
  • Radiation Necrosis
  • Radiation-Induced Breast Deformity
  • Reconstruction of Nose
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rejuvenation
  • Restylane
  • Revision Rhinoplasty
  • Ruptured Implant
  • Scar Hypertrophy
  • Scar on Neck
  • Scar Revision
  • Skin Abnormalities
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Fillers
  • Skin Grafting
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin of Lip
  • Surgery for Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Thigh Lift
  • Tissue Expansion Surgery
  • Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty
  • Wound Complications
  • Wound Debridement
  • Wound Medication
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: State University of New York
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Surgeons, National American Society of Plastic Surgeons, National American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, National Americas Hernia Society, National Association for Academic Surgeons, National Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, National Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Local Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Fischer is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Shakir S, Messa CA 4th, Broach RB, Rheumtulla IA, Chatman B, D'Angelantonio A, Levin LS, Kovach SJ 3rd, Serletti JM, Fischer JP: Indications and limitations of bilayer wound matrix-based lower extremity reconstruction: A multidisciplinary case-control study of 191 wounds Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery : 2019 (Epub).

Hernandez JA, Stranix JT, Piwnica-Worms W, Azoury SC, Kozak GM, Grimm JC, Vallabhajosyula P, Fischer JP, Kovach SJ: Omental flap coverage for management of thoracic aortic graft infection Annals of Thoracic Surgery : 2019 (Epub).

Coblens OM, Brant JA, Thomas WW, Fischer JP, Newman JG, Cannady SB: American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program assessment of risk factors for 30-day unplanned readmission in patients undergoing head and neck surgery requiring free tissue reconstruction Head & Neck : 2019 (Epub).

Fox SS, Huang LC, Hooks WB 3rd, Fischer JP, Hope WW: An evaluation of fascial closure techniques in open ventral hernia repair: Practice patterns and short-term outcomes The American Surgeon 85 (11): 1213-1218,2019.

Hutchison CE, Rhemtulla IA, Mauch JT, Broach RB, Enriquez FA, Hernandez JA, Messa CA 4th, Williams NN, Harbison SP, Fischer JP: Cutting through the fat: A retrospective analysis of clinical outcomes, cost, and quality of life with the addition of panniculectomy to ventral hernia repair in overweight patients Hernia 23 (5): 969-977,2019.

Basta MN, Kozak GM, Broach RB, Messa CA 4th, Rhemtulla I, DeMatteo RP, Serletti JM, Fischer JP: Can we predict incisional hernia? Development of a surgery-specific decision-support interface Annals of Surgery 270 (3): 544-553,2019.

Fischer JP: The role of plastic surgery in hernia repair and abdominal surgery Story/interview with Fox 29 television, Philadelphia, PA : 2019.

Weissler JM, Carney MJ, Enriquez FA, Messa CA 4th, Broach R, Shapira MM, Barg FK, Fischer JP: Using crowdsourcing as a platform to evaluate lay perception of prophylactic mesh placement Journal of Surgical Research 237 : 78-86,2019.

Mullens CL, Messa CA 4th, Kozak GM, Rhemtulla IA, Fischer JP: To glue or not to glue? Analysis of fibrin glue for split-thickness skin graft fixation Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Global Open 7 (5): e2187,2019.

Mullens CL, Nathan SL, Kozak GM, Fischer JP, Greco GA, Ueno CM: Patient advocacy in plastic surgery: An underutilized tool Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Global Open 7 (5): e2207,2019.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Plastic Surgery
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 N. 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366