Ben Fischer, M.D.
February 18, 2015
A physician dedicated to helping people learn how to live healthier and heal themselves
Dr. Fischer is a physician in Internal Medicine at the Raleigh Medical Group in Raleigh, NC. He earned his M.D. at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He completed his residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA.
Why Dr. Fischer was nominated:
- He believes that health of the body, mind and spirit are all intertwined – and that understanding the soul and spirit of patients is as important as understanding their physical body.
- Dr. Fischer started working out with his patients at the YMCA to encourage healthy living. This grew into the Raleigh Wellness Project, a 12-week program on preventive health with group exercise.
- He’s known for his belief that a strong relationship between “healer and the healed” means better results. He likes to know what’s important to a patient – in life as well as with their health – so he can engage their body and spirit to achieve true changes.
Dr. Fischer is known for what hangs on the walls of his exam room: a map of the Raleigh Greenway system and a sign that reads What Have You Got to Lose? (Dress sizes, inches, back pain, love handles…). His personal passion for wellness doesn’t just benefit his patients – it provides positive PR for the medical profession.”
In Dr. Fischer’s own words:
What does being a doctor mean to you?
As a doctor I am privileged to be invited into the inner workings of my patients’ lives. Patients share with me their pain and sufferings, their fears and anxieties, their hopes for what their lives might be and their regrets about what they sometimes have been. I have the opportunity to be present at the most vulnerable and difficult times in my patients’ lives and to seek to bring healing and comfort at those times. I strive to know my patients well and build a foundation of trust so that when the inevitable storms of life come, our relationship can help them face those storms.”
Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?
I work in collaboration with the YMCA, dieticians, psychologists, and other medical professionals to create a wellness program for the treatment of patients with conditions that are influenced by diet and physical activity – which is to say, the majority of conditions I treat in my primary care practice. In this work I am living out my conviction that the primary modifiable variable in a patient’s health is not what the doctor does to him or her but rather what the patient does for him or herself. Medication and surgery are intended to treat illness and injury, not to make us healthy. Good health comes from the nourishment and conditioning of the mind, body, and spirit. As a physician part of my mission is certainly to treat my patients when they are sick, but beyond that I strive to help them achieve good health and, to the extent possible, prevent disease.”
How would you use the award money?
I am interested in taking the model that I have created in my clinic and applying it to more underserved populations. As the YMCA seeks to serve those communities, I would like to work with them to do so. This prize would provide seed money to help with those efforts.”