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Professor Dale Fisher

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MBBS (Australia), FRACP (Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasia), and DTM&H (London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London)
Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital
Chair, Infection Control, National University Hospital
Sub Specialty:
Infectious Diseases
Special Interest:
General tropical Infectious Disease
Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)
MRSA control in healthcare settings
Outbreak investigations and management (Global and Local)
National University Hospital
National University Health System

Professor Fisher graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1985 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1992 doing most of his training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. After more than a decade's work at Royal Darwin Hospital in Infectious Diseases (ID) and General internal medicine, he moved to Singapore in 2003.   

While most of his work is as an ID physician, he has maintained strong ties with "general medicine" not only as a clinician but as a teacher and as clinical director to the University Medicine Cluster from 2006 to 2014.

He has over 150 publications in the peer reviewed literature and given over 70 plenary and invited presentations at scientific meetings.

Positions outside of NUHS:

  • Chair of National Infection Prevention and Control (NIPC) Committee
  • Chair of the OPAT workgroup of the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Vice Chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)

Awards and Honours

  • Courage Medal, Courage foundation Singapore – March to May ‘03
  • Singapore Medical Journal Reviewing with Distinction Award for 2005
  • RACP John Sands Medal for outstanding contribution to College Affairs – May 2006
  • NUS School of Medicine Faculty Teaching excellence award – 2008 & 9
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award nomination 2009
  • RACP Excellence in Mentoring Award – 2008 & 2009
  • PS21 ExCEL Award; Outstanding Activist certificate of recognition – Nov 2011
  • NUHS-Mochtar Riady Pinnacle Excellence Award 2013
  • National Clinical Excellence Team Award (Lead) 2013 (Ministry of Health)
  • Gold Award for “Improving Communication through Structured Clinical Handover Process to ensure Patient Safety”; Asian Hospital Management Awards, September 2013
  • Healthcare Humanity Award, Courage Foundation, Singapore 2015
  • 2015 PS (Health) Living the Values (Team) Award

Research and Publications

  1. Cryptococcal meningitis (C. neoformans var gattii) leading to blindness in previously healthy Melanesian adults in Papua New Guinea.  D Lalloo, D Fisher, S Naraqi et al.  Quarterly Journal of Medicine, 1994;87: 343-349.

  2. Endemic Melioidosis in Tropical Northern Australia: A 10-Year Prospective Study and Review of the Literature.  Bart J Currie, Dale A Fisher, Diane M Howard et al. Clin Infect Dis 2000;31:981-986

  3. Hospital Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Appropriateness and decision-making.  Dale Fisher, Tarun Weeramanthri; Editorial Med J Aust 2002; 176: 49-50The Bali Bombings of October 12, 2002:

  4. The Bali Bombings of October 12, 2002: Lessons in Disaster Management for Physicians. Dale Fisher, James Burrow. Int Med J 2003; 33: 125-126

  5. Atypical presentations of SARS. Dale A Fisher, Tow-Keang Lim, Yean-Teng Lim, Kamaljit S Singh, Paul A Tambyah. The Lancet 17 May 2003. Vol. 361; P1740.

  6. Preventing local transmission of SARS: lessons from Singapore. Dale A Fisher, Madeleine H L Chew, Yean-Teng Lim and Paul A Tambyah. Published online ahead of print, MJA 19 May 2003.

  7. Risk Factors for Nephrotoxicity associated with Continuous Vancomycin Infusion in Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy. Ingram, Paul; Lye, David; Tambyah, Paul; Goh, Wei; Tam, Vincent; Fisher, Dale. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2008) 62, 168-171.Dengue management; Practical and safe hospital-based outpatient care. Paul R. Ingram, Malcolm Mahadevan, Dale A. Fisher. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg (2009) 103, 203-205.

  8. A Cost Analysis of Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT): An Asian Perspective. Candice Yong, Dale A. Fisher, Grant E. Sklar, Shu-Chuen Li. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents; 33:1; Jan 2009, pp46-51

  9. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Control in Singapore - Moving Forward. Lynette Pereira, Dale Fisher. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2008;37:891-6.

  10. Teaching Hand Hygiene to Medical Students using a Hands-On Approach. Dale Fisher; Lynette Pereira, Toon Mae Ng; Krista Patlovich, Felicia Teo, Li Yang Hsu; Journal of Hosp Infection; 76:1, Sept 2010, p 86-87


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