Dr. Richard I. Fisher is the new president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center, the cancer facility announced on Monday.
Fisher replaces Dr. Michael Seiden, who departed in February. He had served as president since 2007, but Fox Chase last year became part of the Temple University Health System, and Seiden ultimately decided to move on.
After Seiden left, Dr. Verdi DiSesa served as acting president and CEO. He will relinquish that role and return to his ongoing position as chief operating officer of Temple University Health System. He will continue to oversee integration efforts, working closely with Dr. Fisher and Linda Grass, president and CEO of Jeanes Hospital. He will also continue to coordinate the expanding integrated relationships between Fox Chase and the greater healthcare enterprise.
Fisher joined Temple Health on March 1 as senior associate dean for cancer programs at Temple University School of Medicine.
In addition to being president and CEO at Fox Chase, he will serve as the principal investigator on the Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute.
“The Health System as a whole is fortunate to be able to draw on Dr. Fisher’s clear capabilities as a cancer center administrator, clinician and research investigator to lead Fox Chase Cancer Center,” said Dr. Larry Kaiser, president and CEO of Temple University Health System.
“In his new roles, he will play a vital part in sustaining our forward momentum and help us maximize the opportunities offered by the affiliation of Fox Chase with Temple University Health System,” he added.
Before joining Fox Chase and Temple Health, Fisher was vice president for strategic and program development at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Samuel E. Durand Professor of Medicine.
For the previous 11 years, he served as director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and director of cancer services for the Strong Health System in Rochester, N.Y.
Fisher earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics at Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1970. He and his wife, Susan, have three grown children and three grandchildren. ••