Gary Fischer completed a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and is the Medical Director of Ambulatory Services for the University of Pittsburgh Physicians Division of General Internal Medicine. He also serves as Associate Medical Director of the Ambulatory Electronic Health Record at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Fischer teaches medical ethics and doctor-patient communication to medical students, residents, and clinical fellows, as well as practicing health care professionals. His current research interests include the effect of electronic communication between patients and physicians on health issues and the doctor-patient relationship, as well as ethical issues in quality improvement work.