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The Authority: Ivy Fisher, MD

Updated: Feb 6

Specialized in pediatrics and behavioral disorders, Dr. Ivy Fisher lent over three decades’ experience to Kaiser Permanente in Daly City, California. There, she had a general pediatric practice and a special interest in children affected by autism spectrum and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD). She is closely involved with organizations such as Autism Speaks, the American Society of Autism (ASA), Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT), and Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD). She has also been featured on KRON-TV 4 San Francisco and Dr. Dean Edell to talk about these behavioral conditions related to children. In addition to her position with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Fisher has served as an associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco for the past 12 years, where she taught medical students. For her efforts there, she was presented with a teaching award in 2008.

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Dr. Fisher earned her medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977 and completed her residency in pediatrics at the San Francisco Medical Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Brandeis University, earned in 1972, and is professionally affiliated with the California Medical Association.

Dr. Fisher’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Be organized. Organization allows you to be efficient, which is critical as a physician.

Number 2: Balance your home/work life.

Number 3: Donate your time and your money to the things that bring you joy.

Number 4: Have a Positive attitude.

Number 5: As Dr. Abramson said, Selective listening is more important than talking.

Connect with Dr. Fisher:

Email address: Phone: 650-245-8355

Notable quotes from Dr. Fisher’s interview:

I felt very lucky. The medicine that they taught was really good in terms of values of medicine. And I try to enlist it, embrace it, and use it in my practice.
My passion has always been to help others.
It’s really my passion that stems from my insight – you can’t make that up – that really is the force that allowed me to do all these other things to help other families.
It was almost like God had a path for us because we were at the right time at the right spot.
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