A longtime School of Medicine professor, Dr. Newton Fischer established the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in 1952. In addition to serving as chief of the department for more than 30 years, Dr. Fischer received one of the first otolaryngology training grants from the National Institutes of Health and was honored with the renowned Thomas Jefferson Award for teaching in 1984. Dr. Fischer was married to the late Dr. Janet J. Fischer, the first woman to receive the Thomas Jefferson Award, who also served as a professor in the School of Medicine, teaching in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. In 1986, the Newton D. Fischer Otolaryngologic Society was established by Dr. Fischer’s former residents in honor of his service to the UNC School of Medicine.
Amelia Fischer Drake, MD, FACS, is the daughter of Drs. Newton and Janet Fischer. She follows in her parents’ footsteps as a physician and professor at UNC, serving as division chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology and recipient of the Newton D. Fischer Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.
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