Thomas J Fischer

Thomas J. Fischer, MDphysician

Thomas J. Fischer, M.D., is a native Hoosier (graduated from Butler University), earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his Orthopaedic training at the University of Washington in Seattle. After his hand fellowship at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, he requested an additional six months of microvascular surgery training at Duke University, and six months of hand education at multiple centers in Switzerland and Germany before joining us in practice.

Dr. Fischer is an avid educator, with a primary focus on skeletal fixation. Residents from the Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery rotate with Dr. Fischer for their hand surgery exposure for the last 25 years. In addition, he is an active and highly visible part of our fellowship training program. He has been Chairman of various hand and wrist AO advanced courses both in North American and Europe.

In addition to publications in scientific journals and presentations before physicians, Dr. Fischer has been recognized for his written and spoken contributions to industry, insurance companies, and community and safety organizations alike.

Currently, Dr. Fischer is the Department Chairman of Hand Surgery at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees since 2004 at Butler University. He chairs the Academic Standard Committee for the University. Dr. Fischer serves on numerous committees such as: North American Hand Education Committee starting in February of 2008; American Orthopaedic faculty member starting in April of 1990; and Hand Expert Group starting in January of 2005. He is a member of AOA, TCOA, and The Hand Forum. He has served as the Butler Team Physician for upper extremity conditions since 1987.

Dr. Fischer and his wife, Maribeth have four children who are their pride and joy. He loves spending time with them watching Butler sports, camping, hiking, fishing, and his most favorite, bike riding. Along with those activities, Dr. Fischer is an avid photographer and part-time astronomer.

He sees patients in Indianapolis and keeps a satellite office in his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana.

Dr. Fischer can see patients at the following locations

More Information on Thomas J. Fischer, MD

  • “Systemic Responses to Tourniquet Release in Children”, Lynn AM, Fischer TJ, Brandford HG, and Pendergrass TW. Anesth Analg 65:865-72, 1986.
  • “Farming Injuries; A Hand Surgeon’s Perspective”, Fischer TJ. MANUS, Vol. 2, No. 2, November, 1986.
  • “Use of a Minicondylar Plate for Metacarpal and Phalangeal Periarticular Injuries”, Buchler U, and Fischer T. Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. 214:53-8, 1987.
  • “Summertime Hand Trauma”, Fischer TJ. MANUS, Vol. 3, No. 2, August, 1987.
  • “Distal Interphalangeal Joint Arthrodesis Using the Herbert Bone Screw”, Fischer TJ, Strickland JW. Orthopaedic Transactions 12(1):7, 1988.
  • “Distal Interphalangeal Joint Arthrodesis Using the Herbert Bone Screw”, Fischer TJ, Strickland JW. J Hand Surg 13A:306, 1988.
  • It’s No Accident To Keep Hands Safe”, Fischer TJ. Daseke Insurance Safety Newsletter, Spring, 1989.
  • “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”, Fischer TJ. Bell Communications Research Ergonomics Newsletter, May, 1989.
  • “Soft-Tissue Reconstruction in Severe Lower Extremity Trauma”, Gorman PW, Barnes CL, Fischer TJ, McAndrew MP, Moore MM. Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. 243:57-64, June, 1989.
  • “Cumulative Trauma Disorders: Current Concepts in Management”, Fischer TJ, Idler RS, Creighton JJ. Indiana Medicine, May 1991.
  • “Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release”, Fischer TJ, Hastings H. St. Vincent Research Report, Vol.1 – No. 2, Spring, 1991.
  • “Clinical Results of Vessel Repair by the 3M Mechanical Anastomotic Coupling Device”.  Steichen JB, Fischer TJ, Kleinman WB, Hastings H, Idler RS, Creighton JJ. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 7(3):264, 1991.
  • “Preoperative factors and outcome after lunate decompression for Kienböck’s disease”, Condit DP, Idler RI, Fischer TJ, Hastings H. The Journal of Hand Surgery, 18A:691-696, July, 1993.
  • “Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Using the Chow Dual Portal Technique: a Multicenter Prospective Study of 1291 Cases”, Fischer, T. J., Chow, J. C. Y., Nagle, D., Harris, G., Hastings, H., Osterman, L., Palmer, A., Viegas, S., Whipple, T. Orthop. Trans. 17(4):1067-8, 1993.
  • “Thumb replantation: the Duke experience”, Urbaniak, J.R., Fischer, T.J., Lourie, G.M., in: Strickland, James W., ed. The Thumb. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. 1994. 115-129. (The Hand and Upper Limb, Vol. 11)
  • “Phalangeal Fractures”, Fischer, T.J., in: American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Manske, Paul R., ed. Hand Surgery Update. Vol. 1. Englewood, CO: American Society for Surgery of the Hand. 1994. 1-1 – 1-8.
  • “Patterns of injury associated with radial styloid fractures”, Graham, T., Condit, D., Culver, J., Fischer, T., Idler, R.  In: Vastamäki, M. et al., eds., 6th Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH), Helsinki, Finland, July 3-7, 1995. Bologna, Italy: Monduzzi Editore. 1995. 157- 160.
  • “Repair of the Distal Biceps Tendon Using Suture Anchors and an Anterior Approach”, Lintner, S., Fischer, T..  Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. 322:116-119, 1996.
  • “A Multicenter Prospective Review of 640 Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Releases Using the Transbursal and Extrabursal Chow Techniques”, Nagle, D., Fischer, T., Harris, G., et al.   Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. Vol 12, No. 2, 139-143, April 1996.
  • “Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release: Chow Technique”, Fischer, T. J., Hastings, H. Hand Clinics, Volume 12, No. 2: 285-297, May 1996.
  • “Phalangeal Fractures”, Fischer, T.J., in: American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Manske, Paul R., ed. Hand Surgery Update. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 1996. 1-9.
  • “Disorders of the Forearm Axis”, Graham, T. J., Fischer, T. J., Hotchkiss, R. N, Kleinman, W. B. Hand Clinics, Volume 14, No. 2:305-316, May 1998.
  • “Thumb Injuries”, Fischer T. J.  In: American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Light, Terry R., ed. Hand Surgery Update 2. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 1999. 29-34.
  • “Elbow and Forearm: Adult Trauma”, Fischer, T. J., Lee, Michael L., Rosenwasser, M. P., Strauch, R. J. In: Beaty, James H., ed. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 6; Home Study Syllabus. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 1999. 323-335.


Outstanding Off-Campus Teaching Award, presented by Indiana University Orthopedic Residency Program, June, 2004, 2010, 2013.

Voted as one of America’s “Top Doctors” by his peers in 2003 and 2005. Research conducted by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

“Top Doctors in Indianapolis”, Indianapolis Monthly, September, 1995. Recognized as top specialist in hand surgery in Indianapolis.

Chief Resident at University of Washington Hospital, 1983.

Upjohn Clinical Practice & Humanitarian Award, Harborview Medical Center, 1984.

Resident Selection Committee, University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics.

2012-2013 Teacher of the Year, Indiana University Orthopaedic Residents