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Stacy Fischer, MD

Personal Mission Statement: To promote the dignity, quality of life, and health outcomes for underserved populations through my research, clinical work, and engagement in the non-profit community.

Clinical Activities

Attending Physician

-    Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service (UCD AMC)

Areas of Research

Most recent publications can be found here (link to Pub med list)

Current Research Interests

-    Patient navigation interventions in underserved populations

-    High cost low value care

Ongoing research projects

-    Apoyo con Carino: Improving Palliative Care for Latinos with Cancer using patient navigators. This is a multi-site RCT across the state of Colorado, both rural and urban settings to test whether a culturally tailored patient navigator intervention can improve palliative care outcomes for Latinos with advanced cancer.

-    Utilization Patterns in the Last 6 Months of Life for Physicians versus Non-Physicians

-    Ethnicity and Poverty-Effects on Preferences and Care at the End of Life in a Diverse Patient Population. Using mixed methods approach we have explored the effects of socioeconomic status and self-identified ethnicity on advance care planning, site of death, and pain management.


-      University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center Prevention and Control Pilot Grant-Patient navigation to enhance pain management and opioid safety in persons with cancer (2014) Role: Co-PI

-     American Cancer Society - Apoyo con Carino: Improving Palliative Care for Latinos with Cancer  (2012) Role :PI

-     DHHA DOM - Implementing and Evaluating Dignity therapy to Enhance Psychosocial Support for Denver Health Patients with Advanced Cancer  (2012)

-     RWJF - Patient navigation to improve palliative care outcomes for Latinos with end-stage renal disease  (2014) Role: Primary Mentor

Past research projects

-     Palliative Care Education: An intervention to Improve Medical Residents' Knowledge and Attitudes

-     Health Care Professional Education: A Unique Role for Hospices

-     Advance Directive Discussions and Documentation Do Not Decrease Survival in Patients at Baseline Lower Risk of Death 

Teaching Activities

Areas of Expertise (topics taught within the past 5 years):

-     Palliative Care

-     End of Life Care

-     Advance Directives

-     Health Care Disparities

-     Dignity Therapy

Audiences educated in the past 5 years:

-    Undergraduate Students

-    Medical Students (pre-clinical and clinical)

-    Nursing Students

-    Housestaff (Internal Medicine and other)

-    Post-Graduate

-    Fellows

-    Faculty

-    Community


-   Mentee of Jean Kutner

-   Mentorship in Undergraduate Research: Sarah Deacon

-   Mentorship in Post-Graduate Research: Richard Froude and Austin Baeth

-   Mentor Junior Faculty:

o    Lilia Cervantes

o    Sonia Okuyama

Administrative Activities

Committee and Service Responsibilities:


-     Associate Editor, Journal of Palliative Medicine 


-     Interviewed Palliative Medicine faculty candidates

Institution (University or Hospital)

-     Member, Program in Palliative Care Core Steering Committee

-     Member, UC Comprehensive Cancer Center Scientific Review Committee

-     Member, Community Health Worker/Patient Navigation Workgroup

-     Member, Program in Palliative Care PALS workgroup 

Volunteer Activities and Community Service

-     Chair of the Board of Directors, the Ray of Hope cancer Foundation, a non-profit providing unrestricted financial grants to patients undergoing active treatment for cancer.

-     Financial Taskforce leader, Colorado Kids Cancer Association

Member, Pediatric taskforce of the Colorado Cancer Coalition