Gisela Fischer (doctor)

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Gisela Charlotte Fischer (* 1. March 1938 in Saarbrücken ) is a German doctor and former Head of Chair of General Medicine at the Medical University of Hannover .

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Gisela Fischer, née Fink, was born in Saarbrücken in 1938 as the only daughter of the architect Joachim Fink and his wife Renate, a pianist and music teacher. She grew up with a younger brother and two older cousins. After the war, the family moved to Wiesbaden, where Fischer completed her Abitur examination at the Helene-Lange School in 1958 . She began studying medicine in Cologne, and later switched to the University of Freiburg, where she completed her dissertation entitled "On the in vitro absorption of J131-labeled triiodothyronine by erythrocytes" at the Medical Clinic under the direction of Professor Keiderling. She passed her state examination in Cologne in 1964.

In 1970 she began working as a research assistant at the Institute for Documentation and Computer Science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Two years later she began her advanced training in general medicine, which she completed mainly at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main. From 1975 she was already working in her own country doctor's practice in Zeppelinheim near Frankfurt. She obtained her specialist certification in 1978. In addition to her practical medical work, she devoted herself to research and teaching - as a lecturer in general medicine at the University of Frankfurt am Main. In 1988 she received the Venia Legendi for general medicine.

Gisela Fischer was one of the first doctors to qualify as a professor in general medicine. Her habilitation thesis was on the topic of "For the care of older patients in the general practitioner's practice". In 1989 she was offered the C4 professorship for general medicine at the Hannover Medical School (MHH).

Until her retirement in 2003, she headed the Institute for General Medicine at the MHH. During this time she also worked as a general practitioner in Sehnde near Hanover.

At the MHH, she built one of the largest general medicine departments in Germany and integrated new approaches such as quality promotion , guidelines , public health and health services research into her work. From 1992 she also helped to shape the postgraduate course “Population Medicine - Public Health ” at the MHH. In addition, from 1995 she represented the subject of Medical Sociology , which was integrated into the Department of General Medicine with its own lectureship.


For her services she received the Ernst von Bergmann plaque from the German Medical Association and the honorary plaque from the Lower Saxony Medical Association. In 2011 she was awarded the Paracelsus Medal of the German Medical Association.

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