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Laura E. Fischer, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Medical Director, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

Laura Fischer, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. She is a board-certified surgeon ​and the Medical Director of the OU Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program. Dr. Fischer completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She completed a general surgery residency and internship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI., and earned her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, NY.

She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). She specializes in advanced GI, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. In addition to weight loss surgery, she has clinical interest in benign and malignant conditions of the esophagus and stomach, including esophageal and gastric cancer, acid reflux, hiatal hernia, and achalasia, as well as performing laparoscopic procedures of the spleen, adrenal gland, biliary tract, pancreas, small intestine, and abdominal wall hernias. She also specializes in robotic surgery.

Dr. Fischer’s areas of interest include treating high-risk bariatric patients and those who have had complications from prior bariatric surgery. She is active in multiple areas of research, but her main research interest in investigating the link between obesity and cancer. She also performs translational and clinical research in diabetes, inflammation, gut hormones and the microbiome, laparoscopic and robotic education and simulation, as well as patient outcomes after weight loss surgery. Dr. Fischer is an expert speaker on bariatric surgery, bariatric complications, acid reflux, hiatal and paraesophageal hernia, achalasia, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, minimally invasive surgery, surgical education and global surgery.

Academic Section(s):

General Surgery/Trauma Surgery & Critical Care


Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

Board Certification(s):

American Board of Surgery


Internship: General Surgery Residency Program, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics/Madison

Residency: General Surgery Residency Program, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics/Madison

Fellowship: Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University/Portland

Clinical/Research Interests:

Clinical Focus: Bariatric Surgery, Advanced GI Minimally Invasive Surgery

Clinical Interests: Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Benign & Malignant Diseases of the Esophagus and Stomach – Cancer, Acid Reflux, Diaphragmatic Hernia, Barrett’s Esophagus, Achalasia, Ulcer Disease, Tumors of the Pancreatic Body & Tail, Diseases of the Biliary Tract, Solid Organ Resection – Adrenalectomy, Splenectomy, Abdominal Wall Hernias – Ventral, Umbilical, Inguinal, Femoral

Research Interests: Cancer & Obesity, Bariatric Surgery Outcomes, Metabolic Changes After Bariatric Surgery