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Physician Takes Helm of VAMC in Spokane
By Bret Bowers, Public Affairs Officer
Monday, December 18, 2017The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center is happy to announce the arrival of new Medical Center Director, Dr. Robert J. Fischer to Spokane. In addition to being a U.S. Military Veteran, Dr. Fischer is an OB-GYN physician and intends to maintain a small panel of patients, in addition to his responsibilities as MGVAMC’s Director.
Prior to his arrival in Spokane, Dr. Fischer served four years as Deputy Commander of Clinical Services, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. Dr. Fischer is an experienced board-certified clinician and healthcare leader having completed thirty-one years of active military service in June of 2016. He has held numerous clinical and executive leadership positions including Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, FL, Chief Medical Officer, First Fighter Wing Hospital, Langley AFB, VA and Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, MD. He was commander of Surgical Services at the Joint Venture VA/DoD hospital, Anchorage, Alaska and served as an assistant clinical professor in Ob/Gyn at the University of Connecticut Health Center and University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a Certified Physician Executive and was awarded the Army Legion of Merit and Order of Military Medical Merit prior to his retirement from active service.
Prior to his onboarding at the VA, Dr. Fischer participated in the recent site visit to the medical center by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). On December 14, 2017, Dr. Fischer hosted his first Veterans Town Hall meeting at the Veterans Outreach Center in the Spokane Valley and received a warm applause and reception by Veterans for proclaiming he will ensure the medical center and his staff strive for continuous organizational improvement.
Meanwhile, VA’s Northwest Network (VISN 20) leadership publicly thanked Ms. Tracye B. Davis for her outstanding progress while detailed to Spokane as Interim Medical Center Director since June 2017. Ms. Davis has since returned to her position as Associate Director at the Portland (OR) VA Health Care System.