Dr. Fischer is a Board-Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist with additional fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry. With his wide range of experience, he has a strong passion for treating depression and anxiety.
An early spark of interest in biology led to exploration around healthcare during his youth. In his junior year in high school, he attended “Mini Medical School”, a University of California, San Francisco program that helped the general public see what goes on every day in the health professions. This idea of a career in healthcare continued to percolate, and as an undergraduate, Dr. Fischer completed an internship in public health, at which point he became more interested than ever before in entering the medical field.
While originally planning to pursue a surgical career during medical school, he found himself more drawn to psychiatry in his initial psychiatry rotation. He was intrigued by his patients’ stories and their backgrounds and enjoyed gaining an understanding of their individual paths in life. He liked working with the patients and getting to know their histories, uncovering their struggles as well as their aspirations.
He sees psychiatry as an evolving field, similar to other fields of medicine, with many promising advances in the scientific knowledge of the field and treating patients with the most effective treatments possible. He is particularly excited about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a treatment modality given the number of individuals who report that they have not responded or only partially responded to other forms of treatment. He also sees an important role in TMS treatment for individuals who may not have tolerated medications.
He joins TMS Health Solutions in the Summer of 2018.
Outside of work, Dr. Fischer enjoys all things outdoors including biking, hiking and camping. Having lived in Sacramento since 2017, he continues to explore our California capital, from restaurants to trails. His passion for travel leads to embarking for different countries and learning about different cultures, plus checking out neighboring regions of Sacramento such as Tahoe. Being a San Francisco native, he also continues to enjoy everything the city offers.
Dr. Fischer received his bachelor’s in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to get his Master of Science in Financial Analysis from the Economics Department at the University of San Francisco.
Dr. Fischer attended the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Medicine.
After his graduation from medical school, he completed a general adult psychiatry residency through the University of California, Los Angeles. He then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California and subsequently entered a fellowship at the University of California, Davis, in forensic psychiatry.
Dr. Fischer has provided psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, and medication treatment to a wide variety of patient populations. In addition to his experience working in academic-based clinics through the University of California, Los Angeles, he also has experience working with underserved populations through community-based clinics, such as through the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health clinics and the Los Angeles County Medical Center, with military veteran populations through the Veterans Affairs clinics in Los Angeles, and with correctional populations through the Sacramento County Jail. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Fischer also has experience performing court-appointed forensic psychiatric evaluations through the Sacramento County adult court panel, juvenile court panel, and Napa State Hospital, as part of his forensic psychiatry fellowship at University of California, Davis. Dr. Fischer’s varied background with experience working in a variety of clinical environments treating different conditions helps him provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans.
Fischer C, Beckson M, Dietz P: Factitious Disorder in a Patient Claiming to be a Sexually Sadistic Serial Killer. J Forensic Sci, 62 (3), 2017.
Fischer C, Thompson CR, Kambam P, Bender HE: Juvenile Adjudicative Competence. Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Edited by Levesque RJR. Chichester, U.K., Springer Publishing, 2016.
Fischer C, Evaluating the Neuropsychiatric Risks of Youth Contact Sports. American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Newsletter, January 2016.
Thompson C, Fischer C. Children: as Defendants. Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. UK, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2015.
Fischer C, Thompson C. The Power of Intuition in Deception Detection. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Newsletter, September 2014.
Fischer C, Licht EA, Mendez MF. The neuropsychiatric manifestations of Huntington’s disease-like 2. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, 24(4):489-92, 2012.
Gosman AA, Fischer C, Agha Z, Sigler A, Chao JJ, Dobke MK, Telemedicine and surgical education across borders: a case report. J Surg Educ. 66 (2): 102-5, 2009.