Doctor Fisher is extremely proud that he was chosen as the very first surgeon to inaugurate the concept of reality plastic surgery television shows. As the series was initially developed, no one anticipated the enormous success of the concept, and that other spin off network shows would follow suit.
True to its creative concept and initial intent, ABC’S "Extreme Makeover" has allowed average people from all walks of life, and from all geographic locations, to experience the opportunity to invigorate themselves and permit the process of positive chant to occur.
From the onset, it was the desire of the creators of the show to present these stories in a ethical, compassionate and sensitive manner. Dr. Fisher believes those goals have been achieved and actually exceeded. Gratitude and appreciate is extended to ABC for its support and its corporate commitment to qualify medical care and patient integrity. Hundreds of talented professionals have put their heart and soul into the show’s production, among them are Creator and Executive Producer Howard Schultz, and executive producers Chuck Bangert, Louis Gorfain, Janice Biewend and Julie Laughlin.
It has been a tremendous joy and an exceptional educational experience to care for, and learn from, each of the patients who participated on Extreme Makeover. It is to that group of courageous individuals that Dr. Fisher pays his utmost respect. Who amongst us can truly evaluate the personal pain and life altering experiences associated with physical deformity?
Dr. Fisher’s participation in the Extreme Makeover series and the overwhelming realization of the positive impact on the lives of these patients has invigorated his dedication to plastic surgery and the practice of medicine. Arduous training and rigorous perseverance are part of every physician’s education. The positive portrayal of plastic surgery has raised public awareness of the professional integrity involved in the profession as well as the individual attainment of self-confidence and healthy lifestyles available to our patient population. Such public awareness is a positive ingredient for all health care professionals. Practitioners who offer compassionate care to cancer patients, neurologically deficient individuals, trauma victims in the emergency rooms, premature newborns in neonatal nurseries and wounded members of our armed forces, deserve such community respect. Although the true heroes are the patients, medical teams of physicians and their allied staff, saving lives and dealing with life and death, command our utmost respect and are the doctors on "center stage".
Cancer surgeons, emergency room trauma physicians, heart surgeons, brain surgeons, pediatricians and all members of the medical team continuously provide life saving support for patients in need. While television shows may provide a certain glamour and national recognition to our current crop of Marcus Welby’s and Ben Casey’s, it is the medical team members providing care to hundreds of thousands of patients every day of the year that deserve our personal salute.
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