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Robert Fisher, MD, PhD

Academic Appointments

  • The Maslah Saul Professor in the Department of Neurology and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Neurology Clinic 300 Pasteur Dr A301 MC 5325 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 498-7551 Fax (650) 725-0390
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Tel (650) 723-6469 Tel (650) 725-6648
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview


Dr. Fisher is Maslah Saul MD Professor and Director of the Stanford Epilepsy Center. He had research awards from the Klingenstein Foundation, EF, CURE and NIH. He published 160 peer-reviewed articles and 5 books. He was named 1996-2013 in Best Doctors in America. He received the Ambassador Award from the International League Against Epilepsy, the 2005 AES Service Award and the 2006 Annual Clinical Research Award. Dr. Fisher is Past-President of the American Epilepsy Society, and has served on the Board of the ILAE and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Epilepsia. He is past Editor-in-Chief of the website His research is on new devices to treat epilepsy.

Clinical Focus

  • Epilepsy
  • Neurology
  • EEG
  • Consciousness, Loss of
  • Convulsion, Non-Epileptic
  • Epilepsy, Complex Partial
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Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Executive Committee, International League Against Epilepsy (2000 - 2005)
  • Editor-In-Chief, Epilepsia (2000 - 2005)
  • Director, Neurology Teaching, Stanford (2000 - present)
  • Professor (by courtesy), Neurosurgery (2000 - present)
  • Director, Epilepsy Center, Stanford (2000 - present)
  • Maslah Saul MD Professor of Neurology, Stanford Medical Center (2000 - present)
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White (1998-2014)
  • Pierre Gloor Award, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (Annual National EEG Award) (2010)
  • Annual International Clinical Research Award, American Epilepsy Society (2006)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Epilepsia, International League Against Epilepsy (2001-2006)
  • President, American Epilepsy Society (2000)
  • Ambassador Award, International League Against Epilepsy (2000)
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Professional Education

Residency: Stanford University Medical Center CA (1979)
Board Certification: Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1992)
Board Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1983)
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine MD (1982)
Internship: Stanford University Medical Center CA (1978)
Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (1977)
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Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Fisher is interested in clincal, laboratory and translational aspects of epilepsy research. Prior work has included: electrical deep brain stimulation for epilepsy, studied in laboratory models and clinical trials; drug delivery directly to a seizure focus in the brain; mechanisms of absence (petit mal) epilepsy and how the physiology and chemistry of brain changes in this disorder; hyperthermic (high-temperature) seizures; diagnosis and treatment of non-epileptic seizures, the post-ictal state (the condition in the aftermath of a seizure); driving and epilepsy; new antiepileptic drugs; surgery for epilepsy.


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