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Laurel R. Fisher, MD

Laurel R. Fisher, MD Physician

Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Fisher is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Laurel R. Fisher

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized by Best in Doctors America 2015 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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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.

Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 1999

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • C. Difficile (Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea)
  • Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Colitis
  • Colonoscopy
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Digestive Conditions
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophagus Tumors
  • Fatty Liver Diseases
  • Gallbladder Disorders
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gastroscopy
  • H. Pylori Infection
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Diseases
  • Motility Disorders
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease (Stomach Ulcers)
  • Rectal Disorders
  • Short Bowel Syndrome (Short Gut Syndrome)
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Stomach Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Upper GI Endoscopy
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • 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
  • 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: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Michigan Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center


American College of Gastroenterology, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Medical Association, National American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, National American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, National Delaware Valley Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Fisher is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

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


Description of Research Expertise:

1. Small bowel technology in the investigation of obscure GI bleeding
2. Wireless capsule endoscopy and inflammatory conditions of the small bowel

Selected Publications:

Wu R., Fisher, LR: "Early Detection of GI Bleeding: 'Starting the Clock for the Capsule Drop'" Gastrointestinal Endoscopy : 2018.

Fisher, LR: Women's Gastrointestinal Health in 2016: An Introductin to an Expanding Field in Gastroenterology Gastroenterological Clinics of North America : 2016.

Hosmer A, Fisher L, Baker J, Rice M: "Does Sedation Affect Upper Gastrointestinal Transit and Study Completion Rates Measured by Small Bowel Video Capsule Endoscopy?" Digestive Disease Week : 2016.

Spencer, M., Baker, J., Azeem, A., Dickens, J., Rice, M., Fisher, L.: "Video Capsule Endoscopy in the Evaluation of Celiac Disease Patients with Persistent or Recurrent Symptoms. Who and When?" International Journal of Celiac Disease 4 (2): 55-60,2016.

Tavakkoli, A, Spencer, M., Takami, M., Stoffel, E, Fisher, L: Actively bleeding idiopathic vascular bleb found via double balloon enteroscopy Am J Gastroenterology 110 (16): 2015.

Spencer M, Baker J, Azeem A, Rice M, Fisher L: "Should video capsule endoscopy be utilized in the evaluation of celiac patients with persistent symptoms?" Digestive Disease Week : 2015.

Jason Baker, Laurel Fihser, Christopher Fernandez: Difference in Prevalence of Small Bowel Video Capsule Endoscopy Findings Between Cardiac versus Non Cardiac Inpatient Cohorts Annual Scientific Meeting of the ACG : 2014.

Choi EH, Mergener K, Semrad C, Fisher L, Cave DR, Dodig M, Burke C, Leighton JA, Kastenberg D, Simpson P, Sul J, Bhattacharya K, Charles R, Gerson L, Weber L, Eisen G, Reidel W, Vargo JJ, Wakim-Fleming J, Lo SK: Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized Comparison of a Novel Signal Transmission Capsule Endoscope to an Existing Capsule Endoscope. Gastrointest Endosc 78 (2): 325-32,2013.

JR Baker, A Springs, K May, EE Wilkinson, LR Fisher, WL Hasler: Video Capsule Endoscopy Findings in Diabetic Patients vs a Large Non-diabetic Cohort: Gastric and Small Bowel Transit, Luminal Debris, and Completeness of Examination, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. DDW : 2013.

Jason R. Baker, Kristin May, Laurel R. Fisher, William L. Hasler: Bacterial overgrowth from hydrogen producers but not methanogens relates more to gastric rather than small bowel transit delays on video capsule endoscopy Gastroenterology Division, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI. ANMS : 2013.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Civic Center Boulevard
742 Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
South Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-8222
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)